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No. 19 Saint Louis whips Richmond 77-57
SAINT LOUIS 77, RICHMOND 57
By R.B. FALLSTROM
AP Sports Writer
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Jordair Jett hit the glass to record his second
career double-double, a points-and-rebounds performance that
might not be expected from a 6-foot-1 guard.
"I had a pretty good flow going," Jett said. "I always tell my
bigs I'll help them rebound, so I just helped out on the glass a
little more today."
Jett had 21 points and a career-best 10 rebounds, putting his
footprint all over the 19th-ranked Billikens' 77-57 rout on
Wednesday night. They made quick work of a worrisome opponent,
leading by 24 points in the first half.
"It's great," forward Dwayne Evans said. "We knew they were a
really good team coming in and we had more than enough time to
prepare. We can enjoy it for the night and get back at it
The Billikens' 13th straight victory was one of their most
lopsided, too. Surprisingly so, given Richmond knocked off
then-No. 12 Massachusetts last week and entered with a four-game
"They're a great defensive team," Richmond coach Chris Mooney
said. "That's not a surprise to anybody. They're great at making
you work on offense for everything and disrupting everything you
Jett had 10 points and 11 assists at Duquesne last week. He just
missed a double-double the game before that with 18 points and
nine rebounds against Fordham.
"It's all the same," Jett said. "It's a little easier for me to
get rebounds because they're not expecting me to crash the
"As long as we get the win, that's all I'm worried about."
The senior is scoring in double figures for the first time,
averaging 12 points, and is perhaps the top defender.
Evans added 15 points and 10 rebounds for Saint Louis (19-2, 6-0
Atlantic 10). The start is second-best in school history behind
the 19-1 beginning in 1993-94.
Nobody's getting carried away with that, or the winning streak.
Coach Jim Crews said the biggest reason the Billikens are on
this run is nobody's "worrying about the winning streak."
"I mean, I know the coaches will find a lot of things we can
work on by tomorrow," Evans said.
Reserve Austin McBroom added 12 points on 4-for-5 shooting and
center Rob Loe had 10 points, four assists and five rebounds.
Richmond (14-7, 4-2) shot 23 percent in the first half - and a
season-worst 31.7 percent overall - and guards Kendall Anthony
and Cedrick Lindsay combined to make 10 of 31. Anthony, held to
14 points, is a 52 percent shooter averaging 20 points.
"We had a game plan to basically just keep them out of the
lane," Jett said. "So I guess we kept them out of the lane
pretty good. We forced them into some bad shots, contested
The Spiders have beaten 10 Top 25 teams since 2008, but haven't
done it on the road since topping No. 10 Kansas in 2004.
The point total is a season low for Richmond, one fewer than the
Crews noted Richmond's motion, ball-screening offense is
difficult to defend, but Mooney pointed out the Saint Louis
defenders found ways to evade the screens.
"Most of all, they got us spread out by a couple of wrinkles,"
Mooney said. "And, of course, by how good their players are."
Saint Louis put the game out of reach by taking a 42-21 halftime
lead. Jett was dominant with 13 points and six rebounds.
"We played well and they probably didn't play well," Crews said.
"I wouldn't look too deep into it."
Richmond made two of its first 11 shots and never had a chance
to recover, with Anthony going 3 for 11 and Lindsay 2 for 8, and
both guards throwing up ill-advised shots at times. The
first-half point total was a season low, two points fewer than
at Florida on Jan. 4, and the points allowed was a season worst,
Saint Louis has won three straight in the series.
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