Saint Louis 71, Tennessee St. 37

Cody Ellis scored 13 points and Saint Louis opened with a 14-1

run Friday night en route to a 71-37 season-opening victory over

Tennessee State.

The Billikens held Tennessee State to 19 percent shooting in the

first half and did not allow a field goal until Patrick Miller’s

3-pointer at the 12:41 mark in the first half. Saint Louis

stretched its lead to 17-4, forcing nine turnovers in the first 10

minutes.

Brian Conklin added 11 points, while Kwamain Mitchell had nine

points and eight assists for the Billikens.

Robert Covington led Tennessee State with nine points. The

Tigers shot 29.8 percent from the field for the game – their worst

shooting performance since hitting 27.6 percent at Colorado on Dec.

19, 2003 – and committed 22 turnovers. The 37 points were the

lowest total for a Tennessee State team since 1970.