ST. LOUIS -- VCU's latest stay in the Top 25 will be brief. Saint Louis notched its third win over a ranked team at Chaifetz Arena and moved atop the Atlantic 10 Conference Tuesday night, leading almost wire-to-wire en route to a 76-62 rout of the 24th-ranked Rams. Jordair Jett came off the bench to lead the balanced Billikens (20-5, 9-2) with 16 points -- all in the second half. Mike McCall, Jr. added 15, Dwayne Evans netted 14 points and Cody Ellis kicked in 10. SLU shredded VCU's vaunted "Havoc" defense, which usually wears down and wears out its opponents with depth, quickness and the ability to force turnovers. The Billikens made just eight turnovers and canned 55.3 percent of their shots. Juvonte Reddic paced the Rams (21-6, 9-3) with game-high totals of 19 points and 12 rebounds, while Treveon Graham contributed 11 and nine, respectively. But Graham, VCU's leading scorer with 15.8 points per game, was a miserable 4-of-15 from the field. After a foul-filled first nine minutes in which each team was whistled for six fouls, Saint Louis created major separation with a run of 19 straight points, capped by McCall, Jr.'s runner in the lane which made it 30-8 at the 7:14 mark. VCU simply couldn't make a shot, missing 15 in a row at one point and connecting on only 8-of-29 in the first half. Its defense couldn't speed the Billikens up, either, forcing only five turnovers. While the Rams scored on six of their final seven possessions of the half, Saint Louis still cruised into intermission with a 38-21 lead. Evans led the Billikens with 10 points, hitting all three field goals and going 4-of-4 at the foul line. Despite converting on its first five trips of the second half, VCU couldn't make any kind of serious run because SLU simply couldn't be stopped. Jett scored 12 straight points in a 2:52 stretch as the Billikens expanded their lead to 26 points with 5:58 remaining. NOTES: This was the first meeting between the teams since they met for the 2010 CBI championship, which VCU won in a two-game sweep. The CBI determines its champion in a best-of-3 series between the finalists ... The Rams entered this game forcing 20.6 turnovers per game, helping them lead Division I in turnover margin (plus 8.3). They've forced 20 or more turnovers 15 times this season, winning every time ... Saint Louis boasts two winning streaks of seven games or longer in a season for the first time in 26 years. It ran off nine straight victories in December and early January.
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