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University of North Carolina-Charlotte at St. Louis University 11 February 2009
Saint Louis University Billikens (15-9, 6-4) has clinched at least a 0.500 record by winning their fourth straight game, a 69-61 victory over the University of North Carolina-Charlotte 49ers (8-15, 2-7) at the Chaifetz Arena (reported attendance = 7,144). SLU started the game slowly and committed many turnovers, which resulted in an early 10-point deficit and went into halftime trailing 29-28. The Billikens came back in the second half behind the scoring efforts of senior guard Kevin Lisch (18 pts, 6 rebounds). Freshman guard Kwamain Mitchell (14 pts, 6 rebounds, 5 assists), senior guard Tommie Liddell, III (13 pts, 2 assists), senior forward Barry Eberhardt (11 pts, 3 rebounds), and freshman center Willie Reed (9 pts, 5 rebounds, 5 blocked shots) were instrumental in the victory. The 49ers were led by senior forwards Charlie Coley, III (18 pts, 6 rebounds) and Lamont Mack (16 pts, 3 rebounds), sophomore forward An'Juan Wilderness (10 pts, 6 rebounds), and junior guard DiJuan Harris (7 pts, 2 rebounds, 9 assists, 3 steals). Saint Louis shot 47% from the field (64% from 3-pt range) and 71% (20-28) from the charity line. UNCC shot 39% from the field (17% from 3-pt range) and 82% (14-17) from the charity line. The Billikens had 32 rebounds (10O, 22D), 9 assists, 4 steals, 6 blocked shots, and 15 turnovers as compared with 33 rebounds (15O, 18D), 13 assists, 8 steals, 4 blocked shots, and 14 turnovers by the 49ers.

SLU senior guard Kevin Lisch (21) was held scoreless during the first half but exploded for 18 second-half points [many uncontested 3-pt baskets such as this one against UNCC senior forward Lamont Mack (15)] to lead the team. Lisch finished with 6 rebounds, 1 assist, and 1 turnover. Mack contributed 16 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists. Billikens freshman center Willie Reed (33) goes for one of his five blocked shots against 49er sophomore forward Gaby Ngoundjo (5). Reed scored 9 points and collected 5 rebounds. UNCC senior forward Charlie Coley, III (2) scored 18 points and collected 8 rebounds.

Billikens freshman guard Kwamain Mitchell (3) fouled out and committed 7 turnovers but also scored 14 points and collected 6 rebounds and 5 assists. SLU senior guard Tommie Liddell, III (25) drives UNCC senior forward Charlie Coley, III (2) into a pick set by senior forward Barry Eberhardt (15). Liddell finished with 13 points, 2 assists, 3 turnovers, and no rebounds. Billikens senior forward Barry Eberhardt (15) came off the bench to score 11 points and collect 3 rebounds. 49er sophomore forward An'Juan Wilderness (21) drives on Billikens senior guard Kevin Lisch (21). Wilderness finished with 10 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 turnovers.

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