SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Saint Louis is carrying on the memory of Rick Majerus the best way it knows how: by advancing in the NCAA tournament.
Dwayne Evans had 24 points and six rebounds, Cody Ellis scored 12 points and the fourth-seeded Billikens overwhelmed New Mexico State 64-44 in the second round Thursday behind a dominating defense.
“It was like Rick was up on top of the backboard slapping the ball out,” Aggies coach Marvin Menzies said.
Playing with a heavy heart since Majerus died in December, Saint Louis reached another mark in March for its late coach. The Billikens (28-6) eclipsed the 1988-89 team’s school record of 27 victories and are back where they were a year ago in the round of 32.
They will play Saturday against 12th-seeded Oregon. The Ducks beat fifth-seeded Oklahoma State 68-55 to advance.
“What’s really pleased me is it’s not what you do, it’s what you are,” Saint Louis interim coach Jim Crews said. “And these guys, what they are has really grown and matured and been good leaders. And at their stage of life that’s what you really want guys to be. And that’s what’s been Login to read more