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No. 24 Saint Louis handles Fordham 70-48

No. 24 Saint Louis handles Fordham 70-48

January 18th, 2014 by R.B. FALLSTROM, AP Sports Writer in News

Fordham's Chris Whitehead, left, looks to pass as Saint Louis' Dwayne Evans defends during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in St. Louis. Saint Louis won 70-48.

Photo by The Associated Press /News Tribune.

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Dwayne Evans had 21 points and 10 rebounds and Jordair Jett lacked a rebound for his first career double-double, leading No. 24 Saint Louis to a 70-48 rout over Fordham on Saturday.

Saint Louis (17-2, 4-0 Atlantic 10) has won 11 straight games. The Billikens held Fordham (7-10, 0-4) to season lows for first half and game scoring on 29 percent shooting.

Jett had 18 points, nine rebounds and six assists and topped 1,000 career points with two free throws late in the game. He had eight rebounds in the first half, already topping his previous career best by one.

Jon Severe had 22 points for Fordham, which has lost six straight and trails the series 9-1. The other half of the highest-scoring duo in the conference, Branden Frazier, was scoreless on 0-for-10 shooting.

The Rams' point total was their lowest by 10.

Mike McCall added 12 points and seven rebounds for Saint Louis.

Fordham shot 19 percent in the first half and trailed 30-16, by far the lowest first-half total for a school averaging 76.6 points. Saint Louis scored the first seven points of the second half, including two baskets inside from Evans to cap a 13-0 run that made it 39-16.

The Rams made only two of their first 23 shots, including 0 for 6 by Frazier and 1 for 8 by Severe. Saint Louis needed time to capitalize because it missed its first nine 3-point attempts, three by McCall, and was 1 for 15 from long range in the half.

Strong defense helped the Billikens establish control. Grandy Glaze and John Manning blocked shots during a 13-0 run that included 8-for-8 free throw shooting that made it 22-7 with 4:43 to go.

Fordham's previous first-half low was 28 points against Richmond. It was Saint Louis' stingiest first half by a point.