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University of Houston at St. Louis University 25 November 2006
SLU Billikens (4-1, 0-0) survived a second-half charge from the University of Houston (3-1, 0-0) to claim a slim 81-78 victory at the Scottrade Center (reported attendance, 7,964). Houston overcame an early 14-0 Billiken lead and took a 35-32 halftime advantage into the locker room. SLU then came out shooting to build a 20-point lead at the 7:06 mark of the second half. Houston would not go away quietly and mounted another challenge to cut the lead to 2 points but then fell short at the final buzzer. Sophomore guards Kevin Lisch (27 pts) and Tommie Liddell (18 pts and 12 rebounds) along with senior center Ian Vouyoukas (16 pts and 13 rebounds) guided SLU to the victory. The Billikens shot 49% from the field (43% from 3-pt range) and 53% from the charity line. The Cougars were led by senior guard Oliver Lafayette (24 pts, 6 rebounds, 3 assists), junior forward Sam Anderson (18 pts, 5 rebounds), and junior guards Robert McKiver (14 pts, 3 assists, 3 turnovers) and Robert Lee (13 pts, 17 rebounds). UH shot 34% from the field (35% from 3-pt range) and 76% from the charity line. SLU had 48 rebounds (9O, 39D), 16 assists, 5 steals, 7 blocked shots, and 16 turnovers as compared with 43 rebounds (17O, 28D), 7 assists, 8 steals, 0 blocked shots, and 8 turnovers by Houston.

Billiken senior center Ian Vouyoukas (15) scored 16 points to go with 13 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 blocked shots. SLU sophomore guard (and Belleville native) Kevin Lisch (21) scored a game-high 27 points. Sophomore guard (and East St. Louis native) Tommie Liddell (25) trails the play and scored 18 points and collected 12 rebounds. Billiken senior forward Justin Johnson (23) returned from his recent injury to collect 8 rebounds.. SLU junior guard Dwayne Polk (00) scored 7 points and collected 4 assists.

Houston senior guard Oliver Lafayette (20) led the Cougars with 24 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists. Cougar junior guard Robert Lee (2) scored 13 points to go with a game-high 17 rebounds. St. Louis area WGNU radio and fans will recognize their favorite personality (Mike Huss) enjoying the afternoon match between the Houston Cougars and Saint Louis Billikens.

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