Husak, Lisch lead Saint Louis to 83-69 victory over Furman
ST. LOUIS (AP)—Bryce Husak scored a career-high 20 points and blocked three shots, helping Saint Louis get by after star forward Tommie Liddell III was benched for the first half in an 83-69 victory over Furman on Saturday night.
Kevin Lisch had 23 points and seven assists, going 13-for-17 from the free-throw line. Barry Eberhardt added 15 points and six rebounds for the Billikens (4-1), who pulled away in the final 2 1/2 minutes.
Liddell, who led Saint Louis (4-1) with a 15-point average last season, was benched for showing up late to the morning shootaround. Without him, Furman (0-3) led by as many as eight points in the first half and led 39-36 at the break.
Liddell sat far down the bench throughout the first half and finally entered the game with 17:58 to play. Coach Rick Majerus also didn’t start Liddell in Saint Louis’ lone exhibition and has criticized him for lackluster effort on defense.
Saint Louis scored six straight points after Liddell made his belated game debut to scattered cheers, with Liddell getting the last four himself to tie it at 44. Furman was one point back with five minutes to go and only six back with two minutes left before Saint Louis put the game away.
George Brozos led a balanced attack with 14 points for Furman, which tied a season high going 10-for-19 from 3-point range. Justin Dehm added 13 points and Bobby Austin 10 for Furman, which shot 59 percent in the first half but only 33.3 percent in the second half.
Freshman guard Paul Eckerle, who was going to walk on before getting a scholarship, replaced Liddell in the starting lineup. Eckerle hit a 3-pointer with three assists in the half, and played all but a few seconds.
Saint Louis has held its opponent below 50 percent shooting in all four victories, and has topped 50 percent shooting in four straight games for the first time since the 1993-94 season when the school had a run of eight in a row.