SAN JOSE, Calif. -- No. 4 Saint Louis took care of No. 13 New Mexico State 64-44. Here are our thoughts:
Overview: The Billikens were in control throughout, going bell to bell with the lead for the ninth time this season. After a woeful first half, New Mexico State made a mini-run in the second frame, cutting the deficit to six points twice, but Saint Louis stayed its methodical self and coasted home.
Turning point: It seemed over at halftime, when the Aggies had just 16 points and nine turnovers. They at least made things interesting with better and more spirited play early in the second half. But Cory Remekun answered for the Billikens with two free throws, a dunk and a steal, and Cody Ellis added a 3-pointer and a jumper, pushing the lead back to 15 with 9:36 remaining.
Key player: Saint Louis forward Dwayne Evans led all scorers with 24 points on 11-for-16 shooting. He also had six rebounds, an assist and a block. It was a quietly effective show of will on a big day for the program, which notched its 28th victory, most in school history.
Key stat: It's rare that a team has a 21-10 advantage on the offensive glass and loses, but New Mexico State struggled against the rugged Saint Louis defense. The Aggies shot just 28 percent from the field -- 17-for-61 -- and had 15 turnovers. The Billikens had 10 turnovers and shot 46.3 percent from the field.
Next game: Saint Louis advances in the Midwest Regional and will play the winner of Thursday afternoon's game between No. 5 Oklahoma State and No. 12 Oregon on Saturday.