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The Eagles definitely fought in this game, and for awhile, they were hanging with the older Billikens. However, in the end, it was not to be, and Saint Louis eventually prevailed 62-51. Matt Humphrey and Ryan Anderson led the way for the eagles with 12 points, and Dennis Clifford and KC Caudill chipped in 10 and 8 points, respectively. Patrick Heckmann clearly was bothered by his ankle injury, and he only posted 1 point.
Just like the UMass game, the Eagles came out guns-a-blazing to start the game, and Eddie Odio had a dunk that pushed the Eagles lead to 8 at 13-5 earlier in the game. However, Saint Louis came right back, and took the lead back at 22-20 on a Kwamain Mitchell 3 pointer. The score ended up at 29-23 Saint Louis at the half.
The Eagles came out and struggled to start the 2nd half, going down 45-30 on a Brian Conklin free throw. The game swung back and forth after that, until Matt Humphrey made a 3 to cut the Saint Louis lead to 7 at 54-47. However, it was not to be, as BC couldn't cut into the lead anymore than that.
Some thoughts on the game:
--Clifford was aggressive in the 1st half, but was tentative in the 2nd, however, he played well.
--The starting lineup of Ryan Anderson, Danny Rubin, KC Caudill, Matt Humphrey, and Gabe Moton was interesting. I guess Donahue as trying to shake things up.
--Defense and Rebounding were much better today for the Eagles.
This should be a positive learning experience for this team going into the next game against either UC Riverside or Villanova (most likely UC Riverside). Villanova would certainly be a challenge, but UC Riverside is terrible, so BC should take that game if they played each other.
UPDATE: Villanova beat UC Riverside today 71-46, so the Eagles will play UC Riverside tomorrow at 5 on either ESPN2 or ESPNU.