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Kent State University at St. Louis University 19 November 2008
Saint Louis University Billikens found themselves on the losing end of a close overtime match (76-74) to Kent State University Golden Flashes at the Chaifetz Arena in front of a less than impressive crowd (reported attendance = 6,434). In their first real test of the new season, the Billikens were able to stay with the Golden Flashes as compared with last year's 81-40 overwhelming defeat. SLU trailed 24-20 at halftime and the score was 59-59 at the end of regulation. The overtime period came down to a battle between Billikens senior guard Kevin Lisch and Golden Flashes senior guard Al Fisher. A few freshman mistakes prevented SLU from taking control of the game and provided KSU with the opportunity to better manage the ball in the final minute. KSU scored 18 points off of turnovers while SLU only scored 8 points off of turnovers. SLU senior guard Kevin Lisch (22 pts, rebounds, 5 assists) led the team in scoring and was joined by senior guard Tommie Liddell, III (19 pts, 12 rebounds, 4 turnovers), freshman forward Brian Conklin (10 pts, 6 rebounds, 1 assist), senior forward Barry Eberhardt (9 pts, 2 rebounds, 3 turnovers), and freshman guard Kwamain Mitchell (8 pts, 2 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 turnovers). Saint Louis shot 48% from the field (33% from 3-pt range) and 75% (21-28) from the charity line. The Golden Flashes were led by senior guard Al Fisher (35 pts, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 5 steals), senior forward Julian Sullinger (11 pts, 3 rebounds, 2 assists), junior guard Chris Singletary (11 pts, 3 rebounds, 1 assist), junior forward Anthony Simpson (8 pts, 4 rebounds, 2 blocked shots), and junior center Brandon Parks (2 pts, 10 rebounds). KSU shot 46% from the field (30% from 3-pt range) and 57% (8-14) from the charity line. The Billikens had 37 rebounds (10O, 27D), 13 assists, 5 steals, 7 blocked shots, and 18 turnovers as compared with 31 rebounds (12O, 19D), 9 assists, 11 steals, 5 blocked shots, and 9 turnovers by the Golden Flashes.

SLU freshman center Willie Reed (33) goes in for one of his three jams. Reed finished with 6 points and 1 rebound. Billikens senior guard Kevin Lisch (21) returned to the lineup this night and contributed 22 points to go with 6 rebounds and 5 assists while taking on the defense of Golden Flashes senior guard Al Fisher (5). KSU senior guard Al Fisher (5) scored a game high 35 points to go with 2 rebounds, 3 assists, and 5 steals. Golden Flashes junior guard Chris Singletary (2) scores inside Billikens freshman center Brett Thompson (41). Singletary finished with 11 points, 3 rebounds, and 1 assist.

SLU senior guard Tommie Liddell, III (25) defends against KSU senior forward Julian Sullinger (34). Liddell would finish with 19 points, 12 rebounds, and 4 turnovers, while Sullinger finished with 11 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists. Billikens freshman forward Brian Conklin (14) scores inside Golden Flashes junior center Brandon Parks (55). Conklin scored 10 points and collected 6 rebounds and 1 assist. Parks scored 2 points and collected 10 rebounds and 2 assists.

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