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Billikens welcome Savannah State to Chaifetz

Saint Louis looks to continue a seven-game winning streak tonight against Savannah State at Chaifetz

Courtesy: SLU Athletics


SETTING THE SCENE

Saint Louis (10-3) looks to continue a seven-game winning streak when it hosts Savannah State (5-8) Friday at Chaifetz Arena. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m


FOLLOWING THE ACTION

Friday's game against Savannah State will not be televised. The radio broadcast will air on 101 FM in St. Louis. As always, Billiken Hall of Famer Bob Ramsey will provide the play-by-play, while St. Louis American Sports Editor Earl Austin Jr. handles the analysis.


PROMOTIONS

• During games through the holiday break, current SLU students with a valid SLU ID may bring one guest to a game, free of charge.

• Chaifetz Arena offers special "happy hour" deals for fans arriving early to games. From the opening of doors (two hours before tip) until 30 minutes before game time, fans can take advantage of $2 nachos and $2 beers.


LAST TIME OUT

• Saint Louis knocked off No. 20 New Mexico 60-46 at Chaifetz Arena on New Year's Eve.

• Cory Remekun registered a career-high 15 points, Cody Ellis scored 13 and Mike McCall Jr. chipped in 12 to lead the Billikens.

• Saint Louis limited New Mexico to 31.8 percent shooting from the field and 25 percent from 3-point range. UNM's 46 points were a season low for the Lobos.

• It was the fourth straight game the Billikens held their opponent to fewer than 50 points.

• The Billikens held New Mexico to just 13 first-half points in a game that also saw Lobos head coach Steve Alford ejected at the 9:26 mark of the second half after receiving two technicals.


BILLIKEN NOTABLES

• The Billikens have won seven in a row and enter Friday night's game 10-3 overall.

• SLU is in the midst of nine straight home games and is 7-0 on the homestand thus far. The Bills do not leave Chaifetz Arena again until Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, when they take on Temple in Philadelphia, the Bills' second Atlantic 10 Conference tilt of the season.

• The Bills lead the A-10 in scoring defense, yielding 54.7 ppg. SLU has yielded 46 or fewer points in the last four games, the best defensive streak by SLU in the shot-clock era. The last time this happened at SLU was at the beginning of the 1950-51 season.

• Junior guard Mike McCall Jr. leads the Billikens in scoring with 11.8 ppg. He tops the team and is second in the A-10 in 3-point field goal percentage (.500, 25-50).

• Junior forward Dwayne Evans is second on the squad in scoring and leads the team in rebounding (6.8 rpg).

• Senior forward Cody Ellis is third on the squad in scoring (10.8 ppg) and second in rebounding (3.8 rpg). He hits 91.1 percent from the free-throw line to rank 2nd in the A-10.

• Junior guard Jordair Jett averages 8.8 ppg and boasts a .523 (45-86) shooting clip from the field.

• Senior forward Cory Remekun leads the team in blocked shots (22, 2.0 bpg). He leads the A-10 in shooting percentage (.680) from the floor.

• Senior guard Kwamain Mitchell has started the last two games after missing the first 11 games with a foot injury.

• Junior guard Mike McCall Jr. and senior guard Kwamain Mitchell were named to the Cousy Award watch list. The Cousy Award is given to the nation's top collegiate point guard. Saint Louis is one of five schools to have multiple players on the watch list.

• SLU shoots 45.8 percent (294-642) from the floor, 36.4 percent (82-225) from 3-point range and 72.4 percent (186-257) from the line.

• Next up, Saint Louis opens A-10 play against UMass on Thursday, Jan. 10. Game time is scheduled for 8 p.m., and the game will be televised on CBS Sports Network.


ABOUT SAVANNAH STATE

• Savannah State University (Savannah, Ga.) is 5-8 overall, which includes an 0-1 mark in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play.

• The Tigers are coming off a 39-35 loss at Western Illinois Jan. 2.

• Senior forward Rashad Hassan leads the squad in scoring with 12.1 ppg. He shoots a team-best 52.3 percent (67-128) from the field.

• Senior guard Preston Blackman scores 9.4 ppg and dishes out a team-leading 42 assists. Senior guard Cedric Smith (5.2 ppg) leads the Tigers with 19 steals. Senior forward Arnold Louis is third on the squad with 6.3 ppg and leads the team with 6.4 rpg.

• Junior forward Jyles Smith has a team-leading 34 blocks and pulls down 4.7 rpg.

• Savannah State is the favorite to win the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference regular-season title after also winning it last year. The Tigers finished with a 21-12 overall record last season. Senior forward Rashad Hassan is the league's Preseason Player of the Year.

• Head coach Horace Broadnax, the MEAC Coach of the Year last season, is in his seventh season at Savannah State. He has directed an impressive turnaround of the SSU program that went 0-28 in 2004-05. The former Georgetown guard played on the Hoyas' 1984 NCAA Division I national championship team.


SERIES

Saint Louis leads the series 2-0. SLU topped the Tigers 55-37 at Chaifetz Arena during the 2008-09 season and won 73-33 at Scottrade Center during the 2004-05 campaign.