Jordair Jett scored 16 points to lead Saint Louis University to a win over Wofford Saturday night at Chaifetz Arena. (Saint Louis University)
Jordair Jett equaled his season high with 16 points, and Saint Louis overcame a stubborn Wofford team to post a 66-52 victory over the Terriers Saturday night at Chaifetz Arena.
Rob Loe scored 14 points for the Billikens (9-2), who captured a third consecutive victory. John Manning tied his career high with nine points, and Jake Barnett also scored nine.
Grandy Glaze pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds to lead SLU to a 34-23 advantage on the glass. Jett, who was 6-of-8 from the field, also led the Billikens with four assists, while Austin McBroom picked up a game- and career-high three steals.
Spencer Collins scored a game-high 17 points for Wofford (3-6), a member of the Southern Conference. Karl Cochran gathered six rebounds, and Indiana Faithfull dished out a game-high five assists.
The Billikens were whistled for a season-low 11 fouls, while Wofford’s 24 fouls were the most by a SLU opponent this year. The Bills took advantage by outscoring the Terriers by 11 points from the foul line, tying their season high with 19 free throws on a season-high 28 attempts.
The outcome was still in doubt when CJ Neumann’s tip-in narrowed the SLU lead to 58-50 with 4:41 remaining. However, the Billikens held the Terriers scoreless on six straight possessions while gradually pulling away.
Two McCall Jr. free throws increased the margin to double digits, and a layup by Loe gave the Billikens a 62-50 lead. On SLU’s next possession, McCall Jr. converted one of two free throws following an intentional foul, and Barnett buried a trey to make it a 16-point cushion.
Faithfull cut Saint Louis’ eight-point halftime lead to five with an early three-point play, and Wofford trailed 37-32 after Collins answered a Jett bucket with one of his own.
SLU seemed to be gaining command when Loe’s layup and two baskets by Glaze expanded the margin to double digits, 43-32. But Wofford used an 11-5 run to make it a five-point game again, 48-43.
That was as close as the Terriers would get. The Billikens recorded only one field goal and two free throws on their next six possessions, but Wofford managed just a pair of charity tosses in an equal number of touches.
The Bills were on top 55-48 after Loe and Neumann traded 3-pointers. Jett made a free throw and followed with a jumper two possessions later to make it 58-48.
Baskets by Loe and Mike McCall Jr. and a Barnett 3-pointer on SLU’s first three possessions gave the Billikens a quick 7-0 lead. Wofford answered with a Collins jumper and Jaylen Allen’s trey to narrow the gap to 7-5.
Saint Louis then went on a 22-4 run to build a 20-point cushion. Manning tallied seven of the 22 points – including his first career 3-pointer – and, following a four-point possession that saw Dwayne Evans and McCall Jr. sink two free throws apiece, the Billikens led 29-9 with 7:53 remaining.
However, Wofford outscored SLU 18-6 to trim the Billikens’ advantage to 35-27 at intermission. In fact, Saint Louis registered just one field goal in its final 13 first-half possessions; a 12-3 edge in free throws allowed the Bills to have the upper hand at the break.
The Billikens host Indiana State Wednesday, Dec. 18. Tip time at Chaifetz Arena is 7 p.m.