Rivermen Hold on to Beat Rockhurst
Slaten Keys UMSL Win with Second Half Scoring
St. Louis, Mo. – The Missouri-St. Louis men’s basketball team had a big lead early, then had to withstand a run by Rockhurst in the second half before pulling away for a 77-69 win over the Hawks. Troy Slaten (St. Louis, Mo./Marquette) stepped up in the second half, scoring 12 of his 17 points in the second half, including two, big three pointers for the Rivermen in the win.
UMSL fell behind in the first minute as Rockhurst scored the first three points of the game, but the Rivermen responded with 15 straight points over the next seven minutes for a 15-3 lead. Aaron Jackson (St. Louis, Mo./Hazelwood Central) scored five of his 11 first half points during that run for UMSL. The Hawks cut the lead down to six points later in the half, but the Rivermen closed the final 3:39 of the first half with an 8-2 run and led 31-19 going into halftime.
Rockhurst came out firing in the second half, using a 13-2 run in the first five minutes to cut the UMSL lead down to just one point at 33-32. The Hawks then tied the game at 35-35 with just under 14 minutes remaining, but UMSL held the lead and never let Rockhurst get the advantage. Jonathan Griffin (St. Louis, Mo./Normandy) broke the tie with a three pointer, and after a basket by Rockhurst, Joey Paul (Highland Park, Ill./Highland Park) hit another three pointer to keep the Rivermen ahead by four points at 41-37. Troy Slaten (St. Louis, Mo./Marquette) followed with a three pointer on each of UMSL’s next two possessions that gave the Rivermen an eight-point lead at 47-39 with 10:18 left in the game and swung the momentum in favor of UMSL for the rest of the half. The Hawks would get no closer than five points the rest of the game as UMSL secured the 77-69 win.
UMSL was led in scoring by Jonathan Griffin with 20 points and seven rebounds on the night. Troy Slaten scored 17 points on the night, including 12 points and two, but three-pointers in the second half for the Rivermen. Aaron Jackson finished with 13 points, 11 coming in the first half as he helped give the Rivermen the early edge in the game.
Rivermen improve to 12-6 on the season and 5-5 in the GLVC with the
win. UMSL will be at home on Saturday when they host Drury University
at 3 pm.
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