Saint Louis 70, Memphis 61
ST. LOUIS (AP)—Izik Ohanon had a career-high 26 points and 10 rebounds in his final regular-season home game and Saint Louis held Memphis to 35 percent shooting, ending a three-game losing streak with a 70-61 victory on Wednesday night.
Ian Vouyoukas added 13 points and seven rebounds for Saint Louis (8-20, 5-10 Conference USA). The Billikens avoided setting a record for home losses in their finale at the Savvis Center, finishing 5-10, and overcame a two-point, 1-for-11 shooting night from leading scorer Reggie Bryant.
It’s the third double-double of the season for Ohanon, whose previous career best was 23 points Nov. 21 against Eastern Michigan. Danny Brown added 10 points for the winners.
Rodney Carney had 19 points and Anthony Rice 16 for Memphis (16-13, 9-6), which has lost four of six. But Carney, who leads Memphis with a 16-point average, was 7-for-20 and all five of his 3-pointers came in the final eight minutes with the Tigers well behind.
Carney was 0-for-9 and had no points in his last outing, a 53-44 loss to Louisville on Saturday.
Darius Washington, the Tigers’ second-leading scorer with a 15.6-point average, added 12 points.
Saint Louis led 15-2 with 12:48 to go in the first half and stayed in control the entire game. Luke Meyer’s 3-pointer with 9:56 left capped a seven-point mini-run that gave Saint Louis its largest lead at 41-25, and the closest Memphis got was a six-point deficit with 14 seconds to go.
Saint Louis held Memphis to 4-for-18 shooting in the first 12 minutes of the second half.
Ohanon and Vouyoukas totaled 22 points on 9-for-17 shooting and Saint Louis forced 10 turnovers for a 28-19 halftime lead. It was a season low for points in the first half for Memphis, two points fewer than the Tigers had in a loss to TCU on Jan. 15.