RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Dwayne Evans scored 11 points and Saint Louis built an 18-point second-half lead against cold-shooting Richmond and then held on to beat the Spiders 56-46 Saturday night, the Billiken’s sixth straight win.
Jordair Jett, Kwamain Mitchell and Cody Ellis added nine points each for the Billikens (18-5, 7-2 Atlantic 10 Conference), who were the fourth consecutive conference leader or co-leader to visit the Robins Center, and the first to win. The Spiders had beaten Charlotte, Virginia Commonwealth and Xavier in succession.
Cedrick Lindsay led Richmond (14-10, 4-5) with 20 points, but the Spiders shot 23.3 percent (10 of 43).
Richmond was shooting just 17.1 percent (6 of 35) and had just one field goal in the first 1312 minutes of the second half as the Billikens took a 44-26 lead.
After the Spiders got within 45-40, Saint Louis made 8 of 10 free throws in the final 3 minutes.