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NCAA Game Summary - Eastern Illinois at Saint Louis



(Wednesday, December 19)

Final Score: Saint Louis 72, Eastern Illinois 45

St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Mike McCall, Jr. tallied a team-high 13 points to push the Saint Louis Billikens to a 72-45 rout of the Eastern Illinois Panthers in a non-league tussle.Chaifetz Arena

For the Billikens (7-3), Dwayne Evans and John Manning each added nine points. 12 different players saw action for the Billikens.

Alex Austin led the Panthers (3-9) with 17 points.

Saint Louis came out hot to start the contest, connecting on 60 percent of its field goal attempts, including 7-of-10 from beyond the three-point arc. EIU struggled from the field as it converted just 7-of-20 shots from the floor in the opening half. The Billikens stellar performance on both ends of the court sent them into the intermission with a 37-20 lead.

After the break, the Panthers improved to make 50 percent of their field goal attempts, but went just 1-of-5 from three-point range. The Billikens also shot 50 percent from the field in the second half and outscored the Panthers 11-0 from the free throw line. Saint Louis never trailed in the contest and coasted to its fourth straight win.

The Billikens dominated in the paint, outscoring the Panthers 24-14. Saint Louis converted 14 EIU turnovers into 22 points.

12/20 00:00:58 ET