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La Salle University at St. Louis University 7 March 2009
Saint Louis University Billikens (17-13, 8-8) let a 34-28 halftime lead disappear as the La Salle University Explorers (18-12, 9-7) discovered a way to beat the Billikens 68-62 on senior night at the Chaifetz Arena (reported paid attendance = 9,746; a reported sell-out with many empty seats) during Spring Break. It looked as if the Billikens would maintain their home court advantage and negate the Explorers' road success with their first-half play behind the efforts of freshman guard Kwamain Mitchell (14 pts) and senior forward Barry Eberhardt (9 pts). La Salle was able to remain close until the final minutes of the game when they scored 9 straight points and took the lead for good. Senior guards Kevin Lisch (10 pts on 4-14 FG, 2-9 3FG, 0 FT) and Tommie Liddell (4 pts on 1-8 FG, 0-1 3FG, 2-2 FT) had sub par performances in their final regular season home game. The Billikens were led by freshman guard Kwamain Mitchell (26 pts), freshman center Willie Reed (13 pts, 5 rebounds), senior guard Kevin Lisch (10 pts), and senior forward Barry Eberhardt (9 pts, 5 rebounds). The Explorers were led by junior guard Rodney Green (24 pts), junior forward Vernon Goodridge (13 pts, 8 rebounds), and sophomore guard Darryl Partin (13 pts). Saint Louis shot 43% from the field (33% from 3-pt range) and 59% (10-17) from the charity line. La Salle shot 43% from the field (50% from 3-pt range) and 74% (17-23) from the charity line. The Billikens had 32 rebounds (10O, 22D), 13 assists, 6 steal, 1 blocked shot, and 12 turnovers as compared with 37 rebounds (11O, 26D), 8 assists, 4 steals, 2 blocked shots, and 13 turnovers by the Explorers.

SLU freshman guard Kwamain Mitchell (3) scored a game-high 26 points to go with 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 turnovers, and 3 steals. La Salle junior guard Rodney Green (10) scores against SLU senior forward Barry Eberhardt (15) and freshman guard Kwamain Mitchell (3). Green finished with 24 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 turnovers, and 1 steal. Explorers junior forward Vernon Goodridge (1) shoots over Billikens freshman guard Kyle Cassity (23). Gooridge finished with 13 points, 8 rebounds, 2 turnovers, 2 blocked shots, and 1 steal. Explorers sophomore guard Darryl Partin (0) scores inside on his way to 13 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, and 1 turnover.

Billikens freshman center Willie Reed (33) scores inside on his way to 13 points, 5 rebounds, and 1 blocked shot. Departing SLU senior forward Barry Eberhardt (15) goes up against La Salle junior forward Vernon Goodridge (1). Ebrhardt finished with 9 points (all in the first half), 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 turnovers. Billikens senior guard Kevin Lisch (21) was kept in check most of the game but was able to score 10 pts to go with 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 turnover, and 1 steal. SLU senior guards Kevin Lisch (21) and Tommie Liddell, III (25) team up for probably to last time at home.

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