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Xavier University at St. Louis University 5 February 2006
SLU Billikens (12-9, 6-3) took their first A10 season series against the Musketeers of Xavier University (13-6, 4-4) with a 61-47 victory at the Savvis Center (reported attendance, 9,749). Winning for the third straight time this season, SLU was able to play their deliberate-paced offense against the lead scoring team of the A10. The Billikens built a 31-25 halftime lead behind early scoring from junior center Ian Vouyoukas (7 pts), sophomore guard Luke Meyer (7 pts), and senior guard Anthony Drejaj (5 pts). For the game, SLU was led by freshman guard Kevin Lisch (15 pts), Vouyoukas (14 pts), sophomore guard Luke Meyer (9 pts, 4 rebounds, 3 assists), and freshman guard Tommie Liddell (8 pts, 4 rebounds). Billiken sophomore guard Dwayne Polk stepped off the bench to play tough defense against the taller opponents. The Billikens shot 42% from the field (31% from 3-pt range) and 71% from the charity line. The Musketeers were led by senior forward Brian Thornton (11 pts, 4 rebounds), senior center Will Caudle (9 pts, 6 rebounds), junior forward Justin Cage (7 pts, 6 rebounds), and junior forward Justin Doellman (7 pts, 7 rebounds). Xavier shot 35% from the field (8% from 3-pt range) and 73% from the charity line. SLU had 34 rebounds (8O, 26D), 15 assists, 9 steals, 5 blocked shots, and 11 turnovers as compared with 37 rebounds (11O, 26D), 7 assists, 4 steals, 6 blocked shots, and 17 turnovers by Xavier.

SLU junior center Ian Vouyoukas (15) scored easily inside when the defense collapsed. Vouyoukas collected 14 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 blocked shots.

Billiken freshman guard Tommie Liddell (25) scored 8 points to go with 3 rebounds and 5 assists.

Xavier University senior forward Brian Thornton (2) led the Musketeers with 11 points and 4 rebounds.

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