ST. LOUIS, MO -- Saint Louis (4-9) travels to Philadelphia to face La Salle Wednesday in its first game of 2017.
Wednesday's game is the first A-10 road game for Saint Louis and the first conference home game for La Salle. Both teams dropped their conference openers – SLU at home against Rhode Island, and La Salle on the road at Dayton.
SLU is in its 12th year in the A-10. The Bills captured A-10 regular-season crowns in 2013 and 2014, and won the A-10 Tournament in 2013.
Sophomore guard Jermaine Bishop leads the Billikens in scoring with 11.6 ppg. He has missed the last four games with an injury. Redshirt junior guard Aaron Hines (4.2 ppg) has filled in and is coming off a season-high 14 points against Rhode Island.
Junior guard Davell Roby is second on the Billikens with 9.8 ppg. He had a game-high 17 points two games ago against Winthrop. In the win against SIUE Dec. 17, Roby posted his first-career double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Senior forward Reggie Agbeko scores 9.5 ppg and is second in the Atlantic 10 Conference with 8.5 rpg. He has four double-doubles on the season and seven in his career.
Senior guard Mike Crawford, who has played in more than 100 games in his Billiken career, averages 8.8 ppg. Redshirt freshman forward Elliott Welmer scores 7.8 ppg.
True freshmen Jalen Johnson (5.5 ppg) and Zeke Moore (5.5 ppg) have appeared in every game this year. Moore saw his streak of hitting at least one 3-pointer in a game end at six vs. URI. Johnson tied a career-high with five rebounds vs. URI.
First-year Billikens head coach Travis Ford is in his 20th season as a collegiate head coach and has a 349-266 career mark.
LAST TIME OUT
Saint Louis dropped a 90-56 decision to Rhode Island at Chaifetz Arena Friday night in the Atlantic 10 Conference men’s basketball opener for both teams. Junior guard Aaron Hines, who made his fourth straight start for an injured Jermaine Bishop, scored a team-high-tying 14 points.
Freshman forward Elliott Welmer also scored 14 points, thanks in part to a 4-of-5 performance from 3-point range.
Freshman guard Zeke Moore chipped in seven points and grabbed a career-high five rebound. Senior forward Reggie Agbeko and senior guard Mike Crawford scored six points apiece.
SLU shot 32.7 percent from the field, 35.7 percent from 3-point range and was hampered by a 58.6 percent mark from the stripe. Meanwhile, Rhode Island shot 55.6 percent from the field, including a sizzling 50 percent (10-of-20) from 3-point range.
SCOUTING LA SALLE
La Salle enters Wednesday’s game 6-5 overall and 0-1 in the Atlantic 10 Conference. The Explorers rank in the top 50 nationally in scoring offense (40th, 81.5 ppg), three-point field goals made per game (44th, 9.3) and turnovers per game (48th, 11.7).
In the A-10 rankings, La Salle is second in scoring offense and last in scoring defense, yielding 81.6 ppg. Two Explorers are among the top 10 scorers in the A-10. Forward B.J. Johnson is sixth in the league with 19.6 ppg, while guard Jordan Price is 10th in the A-10 with 17.2 ppg.
Head coach Dr. John Giannini is in his 13th year at La Salle with a 190-197 record. He is 483-346 in 28 years overall.