Billikens take strong defensive play to Richmond

8:05 AM, Feb 9, 2013   |    comments
Feb. 6, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; Fordham Rams guard Mandell Thomas (23) drives to the net as Saint Louis Billikens forward Dwayne Evans (21) defends during the second half at Rose Hill Gym. St. Louis won 90-73. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports
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(KSDK Sports) -- Few unranked team are hotter than the Saint Louis Billikens right now.  Tonight they look to continue their five game winning streak and solid play on both sides of the ball in Richmond, Virginia.

The Billikens have some solid victories in their current stretch, most notably with a 75-58 victory over nationally ranked Butler. Saint Louis routed a struggling Fordham squad 90-73 in their previous matchup on Wednesday putting up their highest point total in a game this season.

Dwayne Evans popped off for a double-double and Cody Ellis added 22 points off the bench for the BIllikens as they shot a whopping 57% from field goal range.

The Billikens are 17-5 overall this season and 6-2 in conference play as they are sitting in in 3rd place in the A-10 standings.

Saint Louis' defense this year has been stellar and the Billikens should put the pressure on the Spiders early and often. Richmond has proved to play very well at home this season, just ask VCU and Xavier.

Richmond has had a tough schedule over their past 7 games, facing all of the top teams in the conference already once. The Spiders did a decent job considering their opponents, going 3-4 over that stretch. Richmond owned some solid victories over Charlotte, VCU, and most recently Xavier.

The Spiders battled with the Muskies last game at the Robins Center and came out victorious with a 73-71 win. Xavier cut the deficit to 68-67 on a three pointer with 10 seconds remaining in the game, but Richmond iced the game from the free throw line.

Kendall Anthony led 5 players in double digit scoring for Richmond with 16 points as the Spider's shot 48 percent from the field. The Spiders are currently 4-4 in Atlantic-10 action and is sporting a record of 12-1 at home this season.


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