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University of North Carolina-Charlotte at St. Louis University 14 February 2004
SLU (12-9, 5-5) rallied to defeat the University of North Carolina-Charlotte (15-6, 7-3) 46-45 at the Savvis Center (reported attendance, 9,166). In what may be characterized as a poor shooting game with many turnovers, the Billikens were able to use defense to keep the score close, trailing 23-20 at halftime. Freshman center Ian Vouyoukas played for junior center Tom Frericks who has been nursing a groin injury since December 31. SLU stayed close during the second half but trailed by 6 points with under 2 minutes left in the game. SLU senior forward Chris Sloan tied the score and hit a free throw to give the Billikens the lead with 9 seconds remaining in the game. SLU was led by junior forward Izik Ohanon (12 pts), senior forward Chris Sloan (10 pts, 9 assists), freshman center Ian Vouyoukas (9 pts, 5 rebounds), and junior guard Reggie Bryant (9 pts, 4 rebounds). The Billikens shot only 38% from the field (27% from 3-pt range) and 60% from the charity line. The 49ers were led by sophomore forward Curtis Withers (13 pts, 12 rebounds), junior guard Eddie Basden (10 pts, 7 rebounds), and sophomore guard Mitchell Baldwin (9 pts). Charlotte shot 35% from the field (22% from 3-pt range) and 42% from the charity line. SLU had 32 rebounds (4O, 28D), 11 assists, 7 steals, 1 blocked shot, and 12 turnovers as compared with 41 rebounds (10O, 31D), 10 assists, 9 steals, 2 blocked shots, and 15 turnovers by Charlotte.

Billikens junior forward Izik Ohanon (30) scored 12 points, collected 3 rebounds, and contributed 2 assists. Charlotte junior guard Eddie Basden (13) scored 10 points to go with 7 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 steals.

SLU senior forward Chris Sloan (33) hit for 10 points while pulling down 9 rebounds. Sloan also had 3 assists and 3 steals.

Billikens freshman center Ian Vouyoukas (15) scored 9 points and collected 5 rebounds in his first game start. 49ers freshman center Martin Iti (2) could not get off the ground and was held scoreless. Sophomore forward Curtis Withers (3) had a game-high 13 points to go with 12 rebounds, 4 steals, and 5 turnovers.

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