It wasn’t very pretty, but Saturday’s 87-81 overtime win over George Mason gives the Billikens the best start in the history of the school. Saint Louis U. is now 20-2. Their winning streak has reached 14 games. They haven’t lost a game in two months.
SLU head coach Jim Crews warned his team before Saturday’s game that George Mason was much better than their 0-6 record in the Atlantic 10 conference would indicate.
“Now you might believe me,” said Crews. “They are well coached and they played hard. They have good skill guys. They have a very good basketball team. Their numbers don’t show that yet but it’s a long season. We feel great about this.”
The Billikens trailed by as many as seven points mid-way through the second half, and George Mason had a chance to win the game in the final seconds of regulation time. They missed two shots before regulation time expired allowing the 19th ranked Billikens to wiggle off the hook.
“I think that game is a great indicator of how good our league is. I’ve always said to win you’ve got to be good, and you’ve got to get lucky. George Mason is good, but they have not been lucky.”
The Billikens will travel to Philadelphia this week for two games. They’ll play St. Joseph’s on Wednesday and La Salle on Saturday.