SLU rallies after halftime, defeats NC Central 74-65
ST. LOUIS — Javon Bess scored 19 points with four 3-pointers and six assists and Saint Louis rallied in the second half to beat North Carolina Central 74-65 on Wednesday night.
Hasahn French’s layup and dunk sparked a 14-2 Billikens run capped by Gordon’s 3-point play for a 45-44 lead. D.J. Foreman‘s layup kicked off a 16-0 run while the Eagles went scoreless for three minutes, and the Billikens pulled ahead 61-46 with 9:24 left.
Ford says upping the defensive intensity was the key for @SaintLouisMBB tonight: “We looked like a team, for 30 minutes, that has been in finals for a week-and-a-half and was in a battle three days ago. … I don’t think there’s any question our press turned the game around.” pic.twitter.com/5uzKNesXRZ
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The Eagles rallied on a 13-2 run and closed to 63-59 on Jibiri Blount’s layup, but Saint Louis scored six straight for a 10-point lead with 4:21 left and NC Central got no closer than eight from there.
Davis and Randy Miller Jr. scored 12 apiece for the Eagles (4-9), who turned it over 24 times and have lost four straight.