The Saint Louis University Billikens played against the Division II Rockhurst Eagles. After a slow start, the Billikens dominated the game to claim an 80-48 against their D-II opponent. This game was against their weakest competition yet, but the Bills showed some good distribution and defense from their freshmen. It is a sign of growth from this young team or as some have called them the "Billikids". This victory comes as the Billikens will face their toughest competition against a nationally ranked Wichita State Shockers team on Saturday.
The Billikens got off to a slow start. They were 1-7 from the field during the opening five minutes of the first half. This allowed the D-II Rockhurst Eagles to have an early 5-2 lead. However, that brief lead would not last long as Saint Louis got its act together.
SLU’s Ash Yacoubou hit a 3-pointer to spark a 15-2 run for the Billikens to begin the rout of the D-II Eagles. The interior players for SLU dominated during this stretch with forwards Reggie Agbeko and Milik Yarbrough making some strong plays at the basket. The run was capped off by a beautiful no-look pass by Yarbrough to Agbeko for a layup. It was an impressive pass by the freshman to make to Agbeko. SLU was up by double-digits at that point and never looked back.
Rockhurst got within 5 points in the first half, but Saint Louis forced numerous turnovers after this brief burst by the Eagles. SLU quickly rebuilt their lead into the double-digits by going to the foul line. By halftime, the SLU lead was 33-21.
The second half started very slow like the first half. The Bills only made one bucket in the first three minutes of the second half. However, the Eagles did not capitalize on this dry stretch from the Bills as they could not make a basket as well. After this stretch, SLU went on another run to put the game away.
Freshmen Miles Reynolds and Yarbrough dominated in the second half. They continued to work the interior and force the Eagles to commit turnovers to extend the SLU lead. They were the main reason that SLU was able to have a 17-2 run about halfway through the second half getting the lead up to 28 points. Rockhurst had folded.
All 12 SLU players, except for Grandy Glaze, played tonight. Glaze is still recovering from a shoulder injury. The Billikens had an easy opponent tonight after some struggles during the Corpus Christi Coastal Classic tournament last week. However, the Billikens will play their toughest non-conference game on Saturday.
Saint Louis will travel to play No. 8 Wichita State at Intrust Bank Arena on Saturday Dec. 6. The Shockers will be coming off a difficult road game against the Utah Utes.