Saint Louis rallies in second half to top JU, 69-64
Leading by 18 points with 16 minutes left in the game, the JU men’s basketball team was poised for another big road win.

Instead, Saint Louis rallied with two big second half runs to stun the Dolphins with a 69-64 victory in front of 6,143 at the Chaifetz Arena on Wednesday night.

The Billikens (4-4) got a game-high 16 points from Jordair Jett and 14 points from Kyle Cassity, with Cassity hitting two huge 3-pointers to get Saint Louis back into the game. Dwayne Evans had a double-double for SLU, getting 12 points and 11 rebounds.

“I liked our effort in spurts, but we missed a few assignments and didn’t follow the scouting report,” said JU head coach Cliff Warren.

JU’s undoing was turnovers and defense.

The Dolphins turned the ball over 19 times in the game, with nine coming in the second half, and the Billikens cashed those in for 12 points in the second stanza.

Jacksonville’s defense was stellar in the first half, frustrating the Billikens into hitting just 6-of-22 from the floor. But Saint Louis got hot early and the confidence was contagious as they hit 16-of-27 in the second half, including 5-of-9 from behind the arc.

Jacksonville led 43-25 after Keith McDougald’s layup with 16:23 left in the game, extending a 31-21 halftime lead.

The Billikens answered with a 25-7 run over the next nine minutes – capping the spurt with five straight points by Jett to take a 50-48 lead with 7:24 left in the game.

Then with the game tied at 54, Saint Louis got off one more spurt, a 9-2 run, capping it with Cassity layuup to take a 63-56 lead with 2:45 left in the game.

The Dolphins cut the deficit to three twice, but couldn’t get the stop they needed as the Billikens held on for the win.

Keith McDougaled led three Dolphins (6-3) in double figures with 12, with Ayron Hardy adding 11 and Travis Cohn chipping in with 10.

Saint Louis also got 12 points from Dwayne Evans, with Mike McCall dishing out eight assists.

The Dolphins leading rebounder was Glenn Powell with five, with JU holding a 34-31 edge on the glass. That was a 23-12 advantage at the half.

JU built a 31-21 lead at the half, to a 20-6 run over nine minutes in the middle of the half, with Cohn putting up eight points.

Jacksonville returns home to get ready for a date with Florida in Gainesville on Monday. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m.