Men's Hoops Edged By Saint Louis, 71-70

Dec 29, 2001

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Ross Varner hit a 3-pointer with 15 seconds left to liftSaint Louis to a 71-70 victory over Washington on Saturday night.

Varner finished with 12 points for the Billikens (6-6), who trailed by asmuch as 13 points at one time in the second half. Saint Louis was led by MarquePerry's 20 points.

Curtis Allen and Doug Wrenn each scored 17 points for the Huskies (6-6).

It was the fourth consecutive home victory for Saint Louis. It wasWashington's fourth consecutive loss overall. The game was Washington's firstin St. Louis since Dec. 23, 1957, when the Billikens won 89-63.

In St. Louis, the Billikens hold a 4-1 advantage over the Huskies. Overall,Saint Louis leads the series 7-6.

Two baskets by Wrenn gave Washington a 68-67 lead but Perry hit one of twofree throws to tie the game 68-68 with 2:07 left.

Wrenn canned a field goal with 27 seconds left, giving Washington its lastlead at 70-68.

Trailing 61-52, Saint Louis begin to press and created two turnovers. TheBillikens ran off 13 unanswered points to take a 65-63 lead with 4:05remaining. Jason Edwin hit two 3-pointers and Perry sank four free throws tofuel the rally.

Beginning with Allen's 3-pointer, the Huskies scored the first 10 points ofthe second half to take a 40-34 lead. Saint Louis missed its first six shotsand made only two of its first nine shots in losing its 34-30 halftime lead.

Allen scored 11 points in helping Washington build a 54-44 lead midwaythrough the second half. The Huskies' biggest lead was 13 points at 61-48 with7:51 left before the Billikens rallied.

Saint Louis went on a 10-0 run midway through the half to take a 22-16 leadwith 7:01 left in the half. Washington rallied to tie twice before the halfended with the Billikens leading by four points.

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