November 28, 2007

Flashes get defensive in rout of Saint Louis

In Japan, some consider a billiken a god of luck. Apparently that doesn't apply to the M.A.C. Center as the Saint Louis Billikens had little luck or chance Wednesday night against the Kent State men's basketball team. The Golden Flashes used a dominant defense and a hot shooting offense to roll to an easy 81-40 win in front of 3,678 fans.
"The first half we were playing great defense," sophomore guard Chris Singletary said. "In the second half we turned it up even more so it was kind of hard for (Saint Louis) to get going, especially once we turned it up - our defensive effort in the second half."

Yet, it was clear from the beginning the Billikens and new head coach Rick Majerus would be in for a rough night. After Saint Louis junior forward Berry Eberhardt connected on the first basket of the game - just two of the 15 points the Billikens would score the entire first half - the Flashes quickly went on a 14-0 run. Sophomore guard Mike McKee began the scoring as he slipped inside the defense for an easy lay up. Then, after a blocked shot by senior center Haminn Quaintance, McKee stroked a 3-pointer. The rout had officially begun.

With the offense rolling, it was the defense that was the real story of the game. The Flashes held the Billikens to just 31-percent shooting for the entire game and just 14 field goals overall.

"I don't think those guys thought that it would be as tough as it was to score," Singletary said. "So, it was really frustrating (for them)."

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