Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Remekun's Quickness Is Answer to NMSU's Size

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Remekun's Quickness Is Answer to NMSU's Size

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SAN JOSE, CALIF. With just under five minutes to go in the first half Thursday, St. Louis U. guard Kwamain Mitchell took a 3-point shot that missed and as the ball came off the rim, forward Cory Remekun swooped in to dunk the rebound home.

It didn't quite work. Remekun caught the back of the rim and the ball bounced out, with New Mexico State gaining control.

But it's the nature of a win in the NCAA Tournament that as long as you won, you can laugh off anything else that happened.

"I wanted that bad," Remekun said. "I guess I tried to dunk it too hard and it popped off the back of the rim. I think it still brought energy to the team with me crashing the boards."

It turned out to be the only low point for Remekun, who had one of his best games of the second half of the season. He had 11 points and six rebounds in SLU's 64-44 second-round NCAA Tournament win over New Mexico State. It's the first time Remekun has been in double figures in scoring since Jan. 4, back when he was still in the starting lineup before ceding his spot to Grandy Glaze.

Remekun was able to take advantage of his quickness inside, an essential element to SLU's attack as it was giving away inches to NMSU's front line.

"He opened up some things," interim coach Jim Crews said. "Cory was really quick off his feet today getting the ball in the bucket."

"We wanted to run them, run them every time," Remekun said. "Get rebounds and run and spread the court with Rob (Loe) or Cody (Ellis) in the corners. We knew the big guy had trouble moving laterally.

"He got me a couple times. Nobody wants to get their shot blocked, so I had to take it up strong."

And he got redemption in the second half, with a dunk with 11:59 to go.

"I was happy for Cory," Crews said. "That was great for a senior to play like Cory did tonight."

Big man on campus

SLU forward Loe is 6-foot-11, and when he went out for the jump ball to start the game, he had a new experience. For the first time in his life, he felt small. …

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