Saint Louis uses 170 run to defeat Butler 6452

ST. LOUIS — Javon Bess scored 18 points, and Hasahn French added nine points and eight rebounds and Saint Louis defeated Butler 64-52 Saturday.The Billikens (6-1) broke the game open with a 17-0 run that commenced when Bess hit a 3-pointer with 5:37 remaining for his first points of the game.Saint Louis held the Bulldogs (5-2) without a point for a span of 8:11 after Sean McDermott hit a 3-pointer with 5:55 remaining in the first half.McDermott led Butler with 12 points on four 3-point baskets, all coming in the first half, and Aaron Thompson added 11.Tramaine Isabell Jr. scored 10 points for the Billikens who last defeated Butler when they won all three matchups in the Bulldogs’ lone season in the Atlantic-10 in 2013.Kamar Baldwin entered the game pacing the Bulldogs at 19.7 points per game, but the Billikens held him scoreless until the final 4:55. Baldwin finished with a season-low six points but tied Henry Baddley for the team lead with nine rebounds.Saint Louis pulled down 28 defensive rebounds and recorded eight steals but struggled in transition with just two fast-break points.Butler hit just 18 of 64 shots from the field as Saint Louis forced 14 turnovers and blocked eight shots led by Carte’Are Gordon’s four.BIG PICTUREButler: The Bulldogs are 0-2 against Atlantic-10 foes this season. Butler fell to Dayton 69-64 on Nov. 21 for its only other loss of the season.Saint Louis: The Billikens are predicted to win the Atlantic-10, earning 15 of 26 first-place votes from coaches and media. They improved to 5-0 at home. Their only loss came against Pitt on a neutral court at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.UP NEXTButler: Hosts Brown Wednesday nightSt. Louis: At Southern Illinois Wednesday night____More AP college basketball coverage: and Solomon, The Associated Press

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