Saint Louis Vs. Xavier: Huge Second Half Fuels Billikens Victory

The Billikens defeated Xavier on Tuesday.

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St. Louis Vs. Xavier Score Update: Second Half Charge Powers St. Louis To Victory

The St. Louis Billikens looked like they were in trouble after the first half against Xavier, but coach Rick Majerus' team woke up in the second half and ran away with a 70-59 victory at Chaifetz Arena. St. Louis trailed by 10 at halftime, but out-scored the Musketeers 41-20 in the second half to secure the victory. The win improves St. Louis to 23-6 overall and 11-4 in the Atlantic-10, while Xavier falls to 18-11 and 9-6 in conference.

Forward Brian Conklin keyed the second half run for the Billikens. Conklin finished with a game-high 23 points and six rebounds on 7-of-14 shooting. Guard Kwamain Mitchell had 14 points for St. Louis in the win. Guard Mike McCall added 10 points for Billikens.

Xavier guard Mark Lyons had 19 points. Dezmine Wells added 13 points and 10 rebounds in the loss for Xavier.

For more on this matchup and the impending March Madness season, check out SB Nation's college hoops news hub or the Xavier blog Banners On The Parkway. Stay tuned to SB Nation St. Louis for more Billikens' recaps, preview and news updates.

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St. Louis Vs. Xavier Score Update: Billikens Down 10 At Halftime

The Xavier Musketeers present a nice litmus test for the St. Louis Billikens tonight before Rick Majerus' team enters postseason play, but Majerus won't like his team's effort through the first half at Chaifetz Arena. Xavier leads St. Louis 39-29 at the break. St. Louis is shooting just 33 percent from the floor (10-of-30), while Xavier is 14-of-27, good for a shooting percentage of 51.9.

Wing Dezmine Wells has 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting to lead the Musketeers. Mark Lyons made two three-pointers en route to a 10-point half.

Kwamain Mitchell leads St. Louis with 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting. Teammate Brian Conklin has eight points. Jordair Jett has five points at halftime.

For more on this matchup and the impending March Madness season, check out SB Nation's college hoops news hub or the Xavier blog Banners On The Parkway. Stay tuned to SB Nation St. Louis for more Billikens' recaps, preview and news updates.

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Saint Louis Vs. Xavier: Billikens Look For Top A-10 Seed

The Billikens have precious few games left to surpass the Temple Owls, and on Tuesday, they will look to put space between themselves and the third place Muskateers.

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