S.L.U. beats Princeton in semifinal 69-59
Saint Louis University Billikens in First Post Season Final Since Ed Macauley Led 1948 N.I.T. Championship Game of Century
The Saint Louis Billikens have advanced to face Virginia Commonwealth in the championship series of the 2010 College Basketball Invitational. The best-of-three series begins Monday, March 29, at the Siegel Center in Richmond, Va. Tip time is 6 p.m. (CT), and HD Net will televise the entire championship series. The Billikens will host the second game of the series at Chaifetz Arena Wednesday, March 31, at 7 p.m. (CT). If needed, SLU will host the third and final game at Chaifetz Arena Friday, April 2, at 7 p.m. (CT).
The Billikens advanced to the finals with a 69-59 win over Princeton. Kwamain Mitchell tallied a game-high 21 points, including 17 in the first half, to lead SLU. Willie Reed notched his ninth double-double of the season with 20 points and 10 rebounds. The Billikens blazed the nets at a 54.5-percent clip, only the third time this season the Tigers had allowed a team to shoot better than 50 percent from the field. The Billikens are now 23-11, the most wins in a season since the 1994-95 squad also tallied 23 victories. The last SLU team with more victories is the 1988-89 team which set a school record with 27 triumphs.The Rams are 25-9 overall and posted an 11-7 record in the Colonial Athletic Association. VCU is a sparkling 17-1 at home and has won 10 straight in the Siegel Center. The Billikens will be playing a game in Richmond for the second time this season after facing Atlantic 10 foe Richmond Jan. 30. SLU will be the fourth Atlantic 10 team VCU plays this season. The Rams defeated Rhode Island, Richmond and George Washington.Tickets for game two against VCU are on sale now at the Chaifetz Arena box office and all Metrotix locations. Billiken season ticket holders can reserve their regular-season seats for the game on March 31, as well as the April 2 finale, if needed, but must do so by noon, Monday, March 29. After that time, those seats will be available for purchase by non-season ticket holders. For more ticket information or to reserve seats, please call the Billiken Ticket Office at (314) 977-4SLU, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tulsa (2008) and Oregon State (2009) won the previous CBIs. Each series went the full three games.
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