(16-14) exited the first round of the NIT with a 62-52 loss to
the University of Minnesota
(17-12) at Savvis Center (reported attendance, 7,698). The Billikens
trailed 35-20 at the half and were beaten on the boards 21-14.
A second-half comeback provided some excitement as the Billikens
cut the Gophers lead to 4 points. SLU's game was characterized
by poor shooting from the field and the charity line. Minnesota
was able to limit senior guard Marque Perry (5) to 2 first-half
and 6 total points. SLU was led by junior forward Chris Sloan
(33), freshman guard Anthony Drejaj (20) and senior center Kenny
Brown (41) with 13, 12 and 11 points, respectively. The Billikens
shot 33% from the field, 26% from three-point range and 43% from
the charity line. SLU had 38 rebounds and 7 turnovers. The Gophers
were led by sophomore forward Rick Rickert (4), sophomore forward
Maurice Hargrow (11), senior center Jerry Holman (40) and junior
forward Michael Bauer (41) with 15, 15, 13 and 11 points, respectively.
Minnesota shot 43% from the field, 27% from three-point territory
and 73% from the free-throw line. The 49ers collected 38 rebounds
and committed 10 turnovers.
Listen to Coach Brad Soderberg reflect on the loss.