Billikens suffer 83-60 loss to La Salle in conference opener

Travis Ford's Saint Louis Billikens suffered an 83-60 loss to La Salle on Saturday.
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PHILADELPHIA — Pookie Powell scored 28 points with seven rebounds and La Salle rolled to an 83-60 win over Saint Louis in an Atlantic 10 Conference opener on Saturday.

Powell was 12 of 19 from the field and 3 of 4 from beyond the arc for the Explorers (7-7). Amar Stukes scored 20 points with four rebounds and Tony Washington and Miles Brookins added 10 points apiece. Saul Phiri led the team with 10 rebounds.

La Salle shot 51 percent to 34 percent for Saint Louis.

The Explorers jumped to a 16-8 start and built it into a 44-19 advantage at the break.

Powell scored 10 points as part of a 12-6 run to open the second half, stretching the Explorers’ lead to 56-26 with 15:16 to play.

Freshman Jordan Goodwin led the Billikens (7-7) with 16 points and 13 rebounds.