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.