Saint Louis 52, Long Beach St. 48
ST. LOUIS (AP)—St. Louis University scored the final five points of the game, all at the free-throw line, to knock off Long Beach State 52-48 on Saturday afternoon.
Barry Eberhardt came off the bench to pace the Billikens (6-3) with nine points. Kevin Lisch and Luke Meyer added eight points apiece. Lisch, the team’s leading scorer, hit a pair of free throws with 1 minute 45 seconds left to give St. Louis the lead for good 49-48. Meyer sealed the victory with two foul shots with 1.6 seconds remaining.
Donovan Morris led Long Beach (1-5) with 14 points. Brian Freeman added 11 and Artis Gant had 10.
St. Louis hit eight of 10 free throws in the contest including four of five down the stretch. The Billikens also turned in several key defensive plays holding Long Beach without a field goal over the final 3:04.
“Good teams get stops when it matters,” said Meyer.
St. Louis limited Long Beach to just 17 points in the first half. The 49ers missed their first six shots from the floor and came up empty on their first nine possessions of the game.
The Billikens, who led 22-17 at the break, used an 9-0 run to take a 38-23 lead on a 3-pointer by Lisch with 13:14 left. But Long Beach responded with a 25-9 blitz and took its only lead of the game, 48-47, on two free throws by Freeman with two minutes left. St. Louis then held the 49ers scoreless the rest of the way.
St. Louis, which has won its last 11 home games dating back to last season, jumped out to an 11-2 lead. Long Beach battled back to within 15-13 before Eberhardt and Paul Eckerle hit shots to pump the lead to five at the break.