Dwayne Evans Leads Saint Louis Past New Mexico State

3 years 3 months 1 week ago March 21, 2013 Mar 21, 2013 Thursday, March 21 2013 Thursday, March 21, 2013 5:36:53 PM CDT in Basketball
By: Associated Press

SAN JOSE, CA (AP) - Saint Louis is carrying on the memory of Rick Majerus the best way it knows how: by advancing in the NCAA tournament.

Dwayne Evans had 24 points and six rebounds, Cody Ellis scored 12 points and the fourth-seeded Billikens overwhelmed New Mexico State 64-44 in the second round Thursday behind a dominating defense.

"It was like Rick was up on top of the backboard slapping the ball out," Aggies coach Marvin Menzies said.

Playing with a heavy heart since Majerus died in December, Saint Louis reached another mark in March for its late coach. The Billikens (28-6) eclipsed the 1988-89 team's school record of 27 victories and are back where they were a year ago in the round of 32.

They will play Saturday against 12th-seeded Oregon. The Ducks beat fifth-seeded Oklahoma State 68-55 to advance.

"What's really pleased me is it's not what you do, it's what you are," Saint Louis interim coach Jim Crews said. "And these guys, what they are has really grown and matured and been good leaders. And at their stage of life that's what you really want guys to be. And that's what's been rewarding from my standpoint."

Saint Louis had no problem maneuvering around 7-foot-5 freshman Sim Bhullar and New Mexico State.

Evans shot 11 of 16 from the floor and finished a point shy of his career best to propel Saint Louis around, over and even through the 355-pound Bhullar, who struggled to keep pace. The Billikens held Bhullar to four points, 11 rebounds and three blocks.

Bandja Sy had 17 points and nine rebounds for the 13th-seeded Aggies (24-11), who shot a miserable 28 percent. Saint Louis shot 46 percent and forced 16 turnovers.

"The game got kind of scrappy and we kind of got out of sync for a little bit," said Aggies guard Daniel Mullings, who had six points on 2-for-9 shooting.

The big man only bothered the Billikens briefly.

The lumbering center stayed around the rim while his other four teammates chased five players around the perimeter. The unconventional defensed allowed Bhullar to save energy and protect the paint.

Once Saint Louis solved the big man, it had no trouble on either end.

The Billikens pushed the pace and often left Bhullar in the backcourt, especially when New Mexico State committed seven turnovers in the first nine minutes. Evans pulled up for several uncontested jumpers just inside the free throw line, scoring 16 points during a 29-14 run to open the game.

"He had his work cut out," Evans said, "because we have a lot of guys that can do a lot of different things."

Bhullar didn't make his first shot until 3:49 left in the first half when he converted a short hook, and he didn't register his first block until swatting Evans' shot 2:37 into the second half.

After New Mexico State showed a brief burst of offense to slice Saint Louis' lead to nine, the Billikens again leaned on Evans to pull away. He converted a pair of difficult reverse layups, outsmarting Bhullar around the rim to lift Saint Louis ahead 37-23.

The Aggies made their best run with Bhullar on the bench. Sy slammed an alley-hoop from K.C. Ross-Miller to highlight an 8-0 run that brought New Mexico State within six.

The highlights for the Aggies ended there.

Evans and Ellis - who wore a blue Mohawk-style strip across his hair - each made a 3-pointer during a 12-2 spurt for Saint Louis that put the game away. The Billikens led 49-34 with 9:30 remaining, and in typical Majerus fashion, never relented.

Players wore a patch on their jerseys - a ribbon with the word "Coach" - as they have since Majerus died of heart failure in December. He left the team before the season because of health concerns, and Crews has taken over and led the Billikens to the A-10 regular season and conference crowns.

The Billikens beat Memphis last year before losing in the round of 32 to Michigan State. They made their first opponent looked like a walkover, although that's hardly been the case the past two months.

The Aggies had won 18 of 20 games, including the Western Athletic Conference tournament title for the second straight season. New Mexico State also was a No. 13 seed last year, losing 79-66 in the first round to Indiana.

And while the Aggies haven't won a tournament game since beating Nebraska in the opening round in 1993, they at least seemed satisfied to lose to such an opponent playing for such a worthy cause.

"I'm happy for those guys in the other locker room," Menzies said. "They're keeping their dream alive."

 

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri attorney general's office says more must be done to determine how a U.S.... More >>
16 minutes ago June 29, 2016 Jun 29, 2016 Wednesday, June 29 2016 Wednesday, June 29, 2016 9:24:33 AM CDT in News
KENNETT, Mo. (AP) - Charges have been upgraded to first-degree murder in the deaths of two southeast Missouri residents who... More >>
59 minutes ago June 29, 2016 Jun 29, 2016 Wednesday, June 29 2016 Wednesday, June 29, 2016 8:40:59 AM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A 44-year-old St. Louis man is recovering after an unprovoked attack by a group of boys.... More >>
2 hours ago June 29, 2016 Jun 29, 2016 Wednesday, June 29 2016 Wednesday, June 29, 2016 7:36:00 AM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A suburban Kansas City man has pleaded guilty to participating in a series of Craigslist... More >>
2 hours ago June 29, 2016 Jun 29, 2016 Wednesday, June 29 2016 Wednesday, June 29, 2016 7:29:49 AM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Two brothers have been sentenced to 15 years in prison for fatally shooting a 21-year-old... More >>
2 hours ago June 29, 2016 Jun 29, 2016 Wednesday, June 29 2016 Wednesday, June 29, 2016 7:24:28 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - There's a growing popularity and increase of farmers using a plant mixture called 'cover crops' that will help... More >>
6 hours ago June 29, 2016 Jun 29, 2016 Wednesday, June 29 2016 Wednesday, June 29, 2016 3:13:00 AM CDT in News
FULTON – The City of Fulton agreed with the concept of a mutual aid agreement between Fulton Fire Department (FFD)... More >>
8 hours ago June 29, 2016 Jun 29, 2016 Wednesday, June 29 2016 Wednesday, June 29, 2016 12:59:00 AM CDT in News
Howell - A driver in Howell County received a dangerous surprise Tuesday when a bear ran across the highway and... More >>
11 hours ago June 28, 2016 Jun 28, 2016 Tuesday, June 28 2016 Tuesday, June 28, 2016 10:22:00 PM CDT in News
OSAGE BEACH - With the Fourth of July weekend quickly approaching, Lake of the Ozarks residents are worried regulations are... More >>
11 hours ago June 28, 2016 Jun 28, 2016 Tuesday, June 28 2016 Tuesday, June 28, 2016 10:01:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - A Columbia business owner pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to distributing synthetic marijuana, according to a state... More >>
15 hours ago June 28, 2016 Jun 28, 2016 Tuesday, June 28 2016 Tuesday, June 28, 2016 5:49:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The Missouri State Highway Patrol discussed homegrown violent extremists Tuesday. A homegrown violent extremist is a person... More >>
17 hours ago June 28, 2016 Jun 28, 2016 Tuesday, June 28 2016 Tuesday, June 28, 2016 4:02:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. Jay Nixon held a press conference Tuesday addressing recent legislative actions, including gun laws and abortion.... More >>
17 hours ago June 28, 2016 Jun 28, 2016 Tuesday, June 28 2016 Tuesday, June 28, 2016 3:58:00 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A Kansas City man who tried unsuccessfully to firebomb an office of U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver... More >>
17 hours ago June 28, 2016 Jun 28, 2016 Tuesday, June 28 2016 Tuesday, June 28, 2016 3:51:00 PM CDT in News
FULTON - Westminster College's course listing will expand in the fall, when it begins to offer a new sports and... More >>
18 hours ago June 28, 2016 Jun 28, 2016 Tuesday, June 28 2016 Tuesday, June 28, 2016 3:38:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – A panel of experts said new codes on planning and zoning will drastically change what can be built... More >>
18 hours ago June 28, 2016 Jun 28, 2016 Tuesday, June 28 2016 Tuesday, June 28, 2016 3:30:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Gov. Jay Nixon has signed a bill that requires every student in Missouri public schools to... More >>
18 hours ago June 28, 2016 Jun 28, 2016 Tuesday, June 28 2016 Tuesday, June 28, 2016 3:04:08 PM CDT in News
LIBERTY (AP) — A Kansas man is charged with stealing a shuttle van at an airport and then trying to... More >>
18 hours ago June 28, 2016 Jun 28, 2016 Tuesday, June 28 2016 Tuesday, June 28, 2016 3:01:39 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Missouri Supreme Court has thrown out a $7.5 million judgment to a former St. Louis... More >>
18 hours ago June 28, 2016 Jun 28, 2016 Tuesday, June 28 2016 Tuesday, June 28, 2016 2:57:43 PM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 73°
10am 76°
11am 78°
12pm 80°
1pm 82°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

7:00a
Today
11:00a
Rachael Ray
12:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Noon
9:00a
The Steve Wilkos Show
10:00a
Crazy Talk
10:30a
Crazy Talk

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
2016 U.S. Summer Olympic Trials
8:00p
The Night Shift
7:00p
Arrow
8:00p
Supernatural
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld