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Saint Louis beats Nebraska 69-55

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Saint Louis' Willie Reed dunks the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Nebraska on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson Saint Louis' Willie Reed dunks the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Nebraska on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson
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ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Kwamain Mitchell scored 20 points and Saint Louis hit three of its seven 3-pointers in succession to help pull away from Nebraska in a 69-55 victory on Wednesday night.

Christian Salecich added 11 points and had three 3-pointers, two in an 11-0 run that put Saint Louis (2-0) ahead 44-31 with just over 14 minutes remaining. Nebraska twice cut the deficit to eight but shot only 33 percent in the second half and 40 percent overall.

Mitchell, part of a lineup featuring one freshman and four sophomores, was 7-for-10 from the field and 2-for-3 from 3-point range.

Sek Henry had 14 points and Ryan Anderson added 10 for Nebraska (1-1), which has lost 13 of its last 14 road openers. Lance Jeter, who had 17 points in the Huskers' 76-49 opening victory over South Carolina Upstate, was held to seven.

Nebraska center Jorge Brian Diaz broke a tooth when he was elbowed in the mouth with 18 minutes 36 seconds to go in the first half and didn't return.

Saint Louis survived a prolonged drought at the end of the first half, scoring only two points on 1-for-12 shooting in the final 7:34 and settling for a 28-27 lead. Nebraska failed to capitalize, scoring only seven points during that stretch.

Nebraska led only once, on Anderson's layup to open the second half for a 29-28 lead.

Both teams stumbled at the end of the half with Nebraska whistled for a shot-clock violation and Saint Louis working the ball for the final 30 seconds without getting off a shot.

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