Battle of unbeatens pits Billikens against Aggies
College Station, TX (Sports Network) – The Shelby Metcalf Classic title is on
the line at Reed Arena tonight, as the Saint Louis Billikens square off
against the host and 12th-ranked Texas A&M Aggies from College Station.
The Billikens have yet to taste defeat on the young season, as they have
won all three of their outings, including two in this tournament. Saint
Louis got tournament play going with an 87-65 win over Louisiana Tech on
Friday before posting an 82-69 triumph over Lamar last night. Following
tonight’s game the Billikens will return home to host Houston on Saturday.
As for Texas A&M, it has also won three games to open the season, including
wins over Lamar (94-60) and most recently Louisiana Tech (75-59) in this
tournament. The Aggies are currently riding a 10-game regular season winning
streak dating back a year ago. The team has also been tough to beat at home
and it has won 25 straight non-conference games at Reed Arena and eight in a
Texas A&M however, has never defeated Saint Louis before, going 0-4 all-time.
The team’s last met in 2000, a 72-60 win by the Billikens at the Rainbow
After three games, the Billikens have been nearly perfect at the offensive end
of the court where they have are averaging 82.7 ppg behind 50.0 percent
shooting from the field and 49.0 percent from beyond the arc. Kevin Lisch
currently leads the team with 19.0 ppg, while Tommie Liddell is averaging a
double-double with 14.7 ppg and 11.0 rpg. Last night, Lisch erupted for 27
points and five assists in leading Saint Louis to a 13-point win over Lamar.
Ian Vouyoukas added 14 points and nine rebounds for the Billikens, who shot
46.0 percent from the floor and made 8-of-20 three pointers. The team also
clamped down on defense, holding Lamar to just a 33.8 percent shooting effort
from the field.
Acie Law finally showed up, as he scored a season-high 21 points in just 23
minutes of action in the Aggies’ 16-point win over Louisiana Tech. Law, the
team’s leading returning scorer, had been held to less than 10 points in each
of the team’s first two games before erupting last night. Joseph Jones added
19 points and seven rebounds for Texas A&M, which shot a solid 54.0 percent
from the field in the win. Jones has scored in double figures in all three
game this season and he leads the team with 18.0 ppg and 5.0 rpg. Law is now
second on the club with 12.7 ppg. As a team, the Aggies are netting a healthy
83.3 ppg and shooting 50.6 percent from the field after three games.