Saint Louis freshman guard Mike McCall hit four crucial free throws in the final 30 seconds as the Billikens topped IUPUI 58-55 Saturday at Chaifetz Arena on Ed Macauley Day.
Junior guard Paul Eckerle led the Billikens (3-2) with 12 points, including three 3-pointers. McCall was 7-of-7 from the foul line and finished with nine points. The Billiken defense held the Jaguars (2-4) to 35.3 percent shooting from the floor and did not allow the Jaguars a three-point field goal.
SLU led 39-28 at halftime and sophomore guard Christian Salecich and freshman forward Dwayne Evans nailed mid-range jumpers to stretch the Billiken lead to a game-high 15 at the 17:49 mark of the second session.
But the Billikens would go more than 10 minutes before recording another field goal, and IUPUI closed its deficit to seven at 47-40 with 11:40 remaining in the contest. Sophomore forward Cory Remekun and McCall drained two free throws apiece to help the Billikens cling to the lead during the scoring drought. The Billikens ended the skid with 7:03 remaining when Jordair Jett converted a running layin off a steal to give the Billikens a 51-47 advantage.
Later, junior guard Kyle Cassity drained a runner as the shot clock expired to give the Bills a 53-47 lead with 4:30 left. But two consecutive buckets by IUPUI