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Missouri State University at St. Louis University 19 December 2009
Saint Louis University Billikens (7-4, 0-0) lost 73-63 to the undefeated Missouri State University Bears (10-0, 0-0) at the Chaifetz Arena (reported paid attendance = 8483). Without the services of sophomore guard Kwamain Mitchell (eye injury), the BIllikens were unable to preserve their undefeated home court record. Five scorers was needed but only four stood up to the challenge. The offensive skills of sophomore guard Kyle Cassidy were absent during the contest. The Billikens were led by sophomore center Willie Reed (19 pts, 8 rebounds) and freshman guards Christian Salecich (15 pts, 2 steals) and Justin Jordan (15 pts, 5 assists). The Bears were led by junior guards Adam Leonard (15 pts, 5 rebounds) and Jermaine Mallett (15 pts, 3 assists, 2 steals), sophomore forward Kyle Weems (11 pts, 4 rebounds, 2 steals), junior center Will Creekmore (10 pts, 5 rebounds), and senior guard Justin Fuehrmeyer (9 pts). Saint Louis shot 39% from the field (28% from 3-pt range) and 78% (18-23) from the charity line. MSU shot 44% from the field (19% from 3-pt range) and 87% (26-30) from the charity line. The Billikens had 28 rebounds (9O, 19D), 14 assists, 6 steal, 4 blocked shots, and 16 turnovers as compared with 35 rebounds (11O, 24D), 9 assists, 8 steals, and 13 turnovers by the Bears.

New Faces of Billikens Basketball

SLU sophomore guard Kwamain Mitchell dressed to watch and maybe be watched from above.

The lone red in a sea of blue turns out to be Whitey Herzog.

Billikens freshman guard Justin Jordan (12) went 3-9 shooting with many poor shot selections but was able to convert free throws on his way to 15 points, 5 assists, and 3 rebounds. MSU senior guard (and St. Charles native) Justin Fuehrmeyer (00) scored 9 points, collected 2 rebounds, and assisted on 1 play. Junior center Will Creekmore (44) defends on the play and finished with 10 points and 5 rebounds.

SLU freshman guard Christian Salecich (15) went up against MSU junior guard Adam Leonard (10). Salecich finished with 15 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, and 4 turnovers. Leonard finished with 15 points, 5 rebounds, and 1 assist.

Billikens sophomore center Willie Reed (33) drives home 2 points with this dunk on his way to a game-high 19 points. Reed finished with 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocked shots, 1 steal, and 4 turnovers.

Bears junior guard Jermaine Mallett (15) drives on Billikens sophomore forward Brian Conklin (14). Mallett collected 15 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals. Conklin finished with 7 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists.

MSU sophomore forward Kyle Weems (34) has an easy walk up the court. Weems finished the game with 11 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, and 2 steals.

SLU red shirt freshman Femi John scores an easy lay-up and finished the game with 5 points and 2 rebounds.

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