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Bulls waste Waldon as Billikens rally

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© St. Petersburg Times, published February 15, 2001


ST. LOUIS -- Matt Baniak had 20 points, 12 in the second half, as Saint Louis overcame B.B. Waldon's return to the Bulls lineup and rallied for an 82-71 men's college basketball win over South Florida on Wednesday night.

Baniak's second-half surge helped Saint Louis (13-10, 5-5 Conference USA) snap a two-game home losing streak.

Altron Jackson, who averages just under 21 points to lead C-USA, scored 10 consecutive points in the second half to key a 16-4 run that helped the Bulls (15-9, 7-4) erase a nine-point halftime deficit.

When Waldon, playing his first game after a four-game suspension, scored with 11 minutes left, South Florida had a 60-57 lead.

Saint Louis regained the lead with a free-throw by Chris Braun and a three-pointer by Josh Fisher, making it 61-60. Fisher's basket was the Billikens' first field goal in more than 10 minutes.

Jackson scored to give South Florida a 62-61 lead, but Saint Louis went on a 13-1 run to put the game out of reach. Baniak had 11 of the points, including two three-pointers.

Waldon led all scorers with 22 points and had nine rebounds. Jackson finished with 21 points. The Bulls were playing without seniors Chonsey Asbury and Artha Reeves, who are recovering from knee surgery.

South Florida lost its second straight road game and fourth in the past five. The Bulls have never won at Saint Louis.

Maurice Jeffers finished with 18 points for the Billikens.

Saint Louis won despite shooting 44 percent from the field and committing 18 turnovers. The Bulls shot 47 percent but were 9-of-14 from the free-throw line to 23-for-30 for the Billikens.

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