Nov. 24, 2011
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Freshman Dennis Clifford had 10 points and eight rebounds and classmate Ryan Anderson added 12 points as Saint Louis defeated Boston College, 62-51, on Thanksgiving Day in the opener of the 76 Classic at the Anaheim Convention Center.
Clifford went 4-for-6 from the field and half of his rebounds were on the offensive end. Anderson scored 10 of his 12 points after halftime and junior Matt Humphrey scored all 12 of his points in the second half.
Boston College jumped on the Billikens early and took an 11-5 lead into the first television timeout. Clifford scored the last two buckets for the Eagles in that span. The lead turned to eight points following the break when freshman Eddie Odio dunked home an offensive rebound.
Saint Louis climbed back into the game and earned its first lead since 2-0 when Cody Ellis hit a layup to make it 19-18 SLU with 6:15 left in the half. Those points were part of a 14-5 Billiken run to the end the first 20 minutes as they took a 29-23 lead into the break.
SLU came out with a hot hand from the field following halftime and started things with a 16-7 run to build a 45-30 advantage with just over 15 minutes to play. Brian Conklin had seven of those points. The Eagles had some more left in the tank and battled the entire way, cutting the lead to 58-51 with 2:58 left in the game. Anderson hit a pair of 3-pointers in that span and Humphrey added one as well.
That is as close as BC got as Saint Louis' Kwamain Mitchell scored the game's final four points to seal the victory for the Billikens.
Mitchell led all scorers with 20 points while Conklin scored 18, going 7-for-11 from the field for SLU (4-0).
The Eagles (1-3) will play on Friday at 5 p.m. ET against either Villanova or UC Riverside