Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Energetic Subs Rejuvenate Bills in 63-43 Victory

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Energetic Subs Rejuvenate Bills in 63-43 Victory

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With 11 minutes 26 seconds remaining in Saturday's game at Kiel Center, St. Louis U. coach Charlie Spoonhour whipped around angrily and summoned Larry Simmons and Sekeue Barentine from his bench.

Spoonhour, red-faced with exasperation because his lurching Billikens seemed to have lost all concept of motion, was searching for an injection of inspiration.

"I wanted to get some movement, find somebody who could make a shot or make a play," he explained. Simmons, a spirited 6-foot-7 freshman, gave Virgel Cobbin a badly needed five-minute rest. Barentine, an energetic 6-8 senior, simply put the Bills on his broad shoulders and carried them out of danger. The revived Bills outscored Furman 21-6 the rest of the way en route to a 63-43 victory, their second win in succession at Kiel Center. SLU evened its record at 3-3 before hopping aboard a bus to Springfield for Sunday's 3:05 p.m. game against 6-0 Southwest Missouri State. Barentine, an inveterate bench-sitter who took only 10 shots all last s eason, has emerged as a prime contributor for the Bills. He scored a career-high nine points in Monday's 84-45 win over Alcorn State; on Saturday, he helped resuscitate SLU after Furman (3-3) had carved heavily into a 14-point halftime deficit. The Bills were clinging to a 42-37 lead and in the throes of a lengthy field-goal drought when Barentine jumped into the fray. "In the second half, we came out and stood around too much," Spoonhour said. "We just quit moving. It wasn't any one person; it was everybody." Barentine reported for duty with his usual enthusiasm. "I just wanted to get everybody to start moving, to set some screens and get the guys some shots," he said. Spoonhour noted that most substitute players "have the wrong idea. They think that when they come off the bench, they've got to be instant offense and do a whole bunch of flashy things to get coaches to notice them. …

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