Duquesne used an 18-2 second-half run to pull off a 71-64 upset of Saint Louis Thursday night at Chaifetz Arena. Saint Louis (25-3, 12-1 Atlantic 10), ranked No. 8 in the USA Today coaches’ poll and No. 10 by the Associated Press, was denied a 20th consecutive victory that would have clinched a tie for the A-10 regular-season crown. Duquesne (12-15, 4-10), which lost to SLU 76-72 in Pittsburgh Jan. 22, won for just the second time in eight games.
Mike McCall Jr. led the Billikens with 18 points, just one off his career high. McCall Jr. was 3-of-5 from 3-point range and 7-of-8 from the foul line, and he added three assists. Jordair Jett had 13 points (6-of-9 FG) to go with three assists and a game-high-tying three steals. Rob Loe tossed in 12 points, and Dwayne Evans tallied 10 points and a game-high 12 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season.
“Tonight we didn’t play well enough,” head coach Jim Crews said. “They’re all tough games. We had no license that we’re going to win. One team is going to win, one team is going to lose. Whoever plays the best, that’s all it is. Duquesne played better.”