Cincinnati 66, Saint Louis 56
ST. LOUIS (AP)—Leonard Stokes had a season-best 25 points, seven rebounds and five assists, fueling a pullaway run at the start of the second half as Cincinnati beat Saint Louis 66-56 on Wednesday night.
Cincinnati (10-3, 3-0 Conference USA) has won five in a row overall, and 16 of the last 19 in the series. Field Williams added 15 points, hitting four 3-pointers, and Taron Barker had 12, and both players had five assists.
The Bearcats were 8-for-15 from 3-point range.
Marque Perry had 20 points and Josh Fisher 18 for Saint Louis (6-8, 0-3), which collapsed in the second half for the second straight game. The Billikens led by two points at the break before losing 73-54 Saturday at Louisville, and also have lost two straight at home.
Saint Louis was without head coach Brad Soderberg, who was at home with a case of stomach flu. Assistant coach Anthony Beane, in his first year with the school, served as the fill-in head coach.
Stokes had seven of his points in a 14-4 run to start the second half, turning a 33-30 advantage into a 47-34 bulge with 13:34 to go. Consecutive 3-pointers by Stokes and Williams in a 48-second span stretched the lead to 16 at 55-39 with 9:06 left.
It was the third straight impressive game for Stokes, who had 10 of his 20 points in the final 6:33 of a victory over Texas Christian on Saturday and helped clinch a victory over DePaul with five points in the last three minutes.
Saint Louis closed to six points on Fisher’s 3-pointer with 33 seconds to go before Stokes hit a pair of free throws.
Izik Ohanon, a 6-9 sophomore, struggled in his first start for the Billikens after coming off the bench his first five games. Ohanon, who was ineligible the first eight games because he played for a professional team in Israel, was held to one point and five rebounds in 18 minutes.
Saint Louis jumped to a 9-2 lead in the first 3 1-2 minutes, getting five points from Fisher. A 9-0 run gave Cincinnati its first lead at 20-18 with 9:43 to go and the Bearcats led 33-30 at the break.