NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Jordair Jett scored 17 points to spark Saint Louis to its sixth straight victory, 57-49 over host Vanderbilt on Monday night.
The Billkens (12-2) scored 12 straight points to take the game's biggest lead, 53-44, on two Grandy Glaze free throws with 1:06 left.After trailing much of the game, Rob Loe had back-to-back baskets, including a dunk after Jett's steal, to put Saint Louis back on top 41-40 with 6:49 left -- its first lead since midway through the first half. Saint Louis stretched it to 49-44 on Dwayne Evans' steal and subsequent dunk on the fast break with 2 minutes left.Damian Jones scored 12 points to lead the Commodores (7-4), who saw a three-game win streak end with its first home court loss this season. It was Vanderbilt's lowest offensive output at Memorial Gym since scoring 43 in back-to-back losses in February 2002.The Billikens' defense, ranked fourth in the nation in points allowed and 3-point percentage, held Vanderbilt to 33.9 percent shooting overall and 17.6 percent from beyond the arc (3 of 17). Commodore leading scorer Rod Odom went 0-for-8 from 3-point range and scored just six points.Evans, the Billikens' leading scorer, got his first basket just after halftime, and SLU then cut it to 27-25 on Jett's fast-break. Evans and McCall scored nine points apiece, and Evans also got a key rebound during the stretch run on Jett's missed free throw and made one of his two free throws.Glaze finished with 10 rebounds and Evans added nine.Saint Louis shot ahead 6-0 on three straight drives with Jett scoring the first two buckets after neither team scored the first 3 1/2 minutes.Vanderbilt closed to 6-5 on Damian Jones' inside basket and Dai-Jon Parker's 3-pointer, but the Billikens pushed ahead 11-5 with their own 5-0 run capped by McCall's 3-pointer.The Commodores took their first lead at 12-11 on one of two free throws by Eric McClellan after putbacks by James Siakam and Jones. Jones then threw down a dunk on an alley-oop and finished off an 11-0 run with a turn-around jumper for a 16-11 lead.Austin McBroom's two straight treys put Saint Louis back ahead 17-16, but Luke Kornet nailed a 3-pointer to spark an 11-2 Vanderbilt spurt. The Commodores took their largest lead at 27-19 on McClellan's jumper and led 27-21 at halftime.