Duren Scores 13 Points In Homecoming At Saint Louis

Nick Victor (dspics.com)

Yale Falls 75-55

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Saint Louis got  big contributions from a couple of unlikely sources and was typically stingy on defense en route to a 75-55 victory over Yale before a crowd of 8,659 at Chaifetz Arena.

Rob Loe scored 19 points, nearly 10 more than his season average, and Austin McBroom added 16, eight more than his average, to pace the Billikens, who won their seventh straight game.

Saint Louis, ninth in the nation in scoring defense, forced the Bulldogs into 18 turnovers and held an opponent to 60 points or less for the eighth time this season.

Javier Duren, playing in his hometown, paced the Bulldogs with 13 points. The game also was a homecoming for junior Will Childs-Klein.

"Unfortunately we weren't able to come away with the win and that is the primary objective," said Childs-Klein, who played three minutes and had a rebound. "It felt good to play in front of my family and friends. It meant a lot to me."

Duren also was thankful for the opportunity, despite the disappointing outcome.

"It was an amazing experience," he said. "To have my family behind the bench was a blessing. They don't get the opportunity to see too many games."

Yale (5-7) got off to a fast start and led 10-4 four minutes in. Saint Louis (13-2) scored the next six points to tie, and the game remained close for much of the first half. The Billikens outscored the Bulldogs 14-4 over the final four minutes and led 37-25 at the intermission.

Duren scored the first seven points of the second half to pull Yale within five, 37-32, but Saint Louis answered with an 11-2 run to regain control.

The Billikens, who entered the game shooting just 30.5 percent from three-point range, were 11-of-23 from beyond the arc in the game.

"We started strong which the coaches mentioned as a positive [after the game]," Duren said. "They are a very good defensive team. Offensively, we need to work on running and cutting hard. They took us out of a lot of what we wanted to run."

Nevertheless, the Bulldogs shot 50 percent from the field and stayed around the 50 percent mark for much of the game before cooling off late.

Nick Victor had nine points, four rebounds, three steals and two blocks for the Bulldogs. Leading scorer Justin Sears got into early foul trouble and was held to eight points, nearly 10 below his average. Brandon Sherrod scored seven points off the bench, and Matt Townsend, who made his first start of the season, contributed five points and five rebounds.

The Bulldogs, who have played nine of their 12 games away from home, return to the friendly confines of Lee Amphitheater on Wednesday to host Vermont. That's the first of three straight home games, including the Ivy League opener against Brown on Jan. 18.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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