Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Davidson Sends SLU to Its Worst Loss since 2010; College Basketball

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Davidson Sends SLU to Its Worst Loss since 2010; College Basketball

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DAVIDSON, N.C. * A seven-day trip that started with a loss, but considerable promise, ended with the type of blow that St. Louis University hadn't experienced since facing programs such as Duke and Arizona.

This time, though, it was Atlantic 10 upstart Davidson that pinned an 89-54 loss on the Billikens, who combined shabby offense and defense at Belk Arena on Saturday night.

Davidson, which owns the A-10's best offense, nailed 12 3- pointers while SLU struggled every which way.

The result was the program's worst loss since a 37-point drubbing against Duke in December 2010, and the most points allowed since Arizona tallied 91 in December 2002.

"Those guys shoot 3s better than most people shoot layups," SLU coach Jim Crews said. "They don't hit the rim. That's the way it's been on film. A half second and it's in the bucket. We played a very good team, and we didn't play very well and they make you pay."

The Billikens never led as Davidson struck from the perimeter early and built a quick 15-4 lead, which grew to 37-14.

SLU never had much of a response. The Billikens (8-8 overall, 0- 3 in the A-10) shot 40 percent, made three of 19 3-point attempts and were 13 for 28 from the free-throw line. They also were outrebounded 40-28.

"At some point in the game, I thought we gave in," SLU forward Milik Yarbrough said. "We just stopped playing as hard as we were. They shot very well from the 3-point line, but it was more of us not playing defense.

"The whole point was to make them drive to the hole, and we'd be waiting for them with charges, wall-up. But we didn't listen to the game plan and they exposed us."

Davidson attempts an average of 28 3-pointers per game. But the Wildcats (11-3, 2-1) didn't need nearly that many to dispose of the Billikens, who had played their best offensive game of the season four days earlier at George Washington.

Davidson's Brian Sullivan hit four 3s in the first five minutes and scored all of his 18 points Saturday in the first half. Jordan Barham came off the bench to lead the Wildcats with 21 points.

Yarbrough and Davell Roby were the offensive standouts for SLU for the second consecutive game. Yarbrough took over the team scoring lead with 18 points, and Roby had 11. They combined to make 12 of 17 shots, but the rest of the team shot 23 percent.

"Yarbrough is going to be a great college player," Davidson coach Bob McKillop said. "And he's already a great freshman player."

While the Wildcats were highly efficient on offense, with 22 assists and nine turnovers, the Billikens had nine assists and 12 turnovers.

The performance ended a long week for SLU. The team started the trip last Sunday and played at George Washington on Tuesday. Instead of returning home between games, the Billikens flew straight to Charlotte.

Crews and the players emerged from the locker room quickly after the game with a flight to catch.

"I didn't say anything," Crews said. "I just said 'Take a shower, we've got a flight. …

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