Saint Louis 70, Xavier 59

Brian Conklin scored 23 points and Kwamain Mitchell 14 as St.
Louis defeated Xavier 70-59 on Tuesday night.

Mike McCall Jr. had 10 points and seven rebounds for the
Billikens (23-6, 11-4 Atlantic 10), who moved a half-game behind
first-place Temple in the league standings. The Owls, however, hold
the tiebreaker, a 72-67 victory against St. Louis in January.

The Billikens clinched a top-four seed and bye in next week’s
Atlantic 10 tournament.

Mark Lyons scored 19 points and Dezmine Wells added 13 points
and 10 rebounds for the Musketeers (18-11, 9-6), who are tied for
fourth with Saint Joseph’s.

Xavier led 39-29 at halftime but shot just 28 percent (7 for 25)
afterward. That helped St. Louis take control with a 24-2 run over
an 8:34 second-half stretch.

Conklin had 11 points and McCall hit two 3-pointers during the
surge, which gave the Billikens a 53-42 lead with 9:44 remaining.
The Musketeers got no closer than seven points the rest of the
way.