Saint Louis comes from behind to beat Pacific 63-54
ST. LOUIS (AP)—Tommie Liddell III scored a season-high 20 points as Saint Louis came from behind to defeat Pacific 63-54 on Saturday at Scottrade Center.
“Before this game we were in a meeting and coach told me he wanted to be more aggressive,” Liddell said. “I just wanted to be more aggressive.”
A junior guard, Liddell averaged a team-best 15.4 points per game last season, but entered Saturday’s game averaging 10 points per game as he struggled to adjust to new coach Rick Majerus’s system. Liddell made eight of 11 shots from the field, including two 3-pointers.
Kevin Lisch added 11 points, Paul Eckerle had 10 and Bryce Husak had a career-high eight rebounds for Saint Louis (5-2).
“Tommie played a great game today and really carried us,” Lisch said.
The Billikens made just 40.9 percent of its shot attempts in the first half, including one of seven 3-point attempts and had 13 turnovers. In the second half, Saint Louis shot 65 percent, including five of nine 3-pointers and turned the ball over seven times.
Steffan Johnson scored 13 points, and Chad Troyer had 12 to lead Pacific (4-2). The Tigers came into the game averaging 81 points per contest.
Pacific shot 46.4 percent in the first half and 34.8 percent in the second half. The Tigers made three of 12 3-point attempts and nine of 17 free throw attempts in the game.
Saint Louis led by as many as five points with 7:08 left in the first half. But Pacific closed out the half with an 18-6 run, including scoring the final seven points, and took a 30-23 lead into halftime.