Jimerson, Goodwin power Saint Louis past High Point, 67-55

Courtesy of SLUBillikens.com

ST. LOUIS Gibson Jimerson and Jordan Goodwin combined to score 44 points, and Saint Louis overcame High Point’s second-half rally to defeat the Panthers 67-55 Wednesday night at Chaifetz Arena.

Jimerson poured in a game-, career- and SLU season-high 25 points on 10-of-16 shooting, including 5-of-10 from beyond the arc. Goodwin (8-of-11 FG) tacked on 19 points and added eight rebounds.

Hasahn French added nine points, a game-high nine rebounds and two blocked shots. French passed Ian Vouyoukas for the Saint Louis career blocks records and now has 137 rejections as a Billiken.

Yuri Collins had game highs of seven assists and three steals for Saint Louis (4-1).

Curtis Holland III and John-Michael Wright paced Big South Conference member High Point (0-5) with 19 points apiece.

The Billikens led by 11 at intermission but saw the Panthers begin the second half with an 8-1 spurt to narrow the gap to 31-27.

The teams then traded big runs. Saint Louis went on a 24-4 outburst in which seven different Billikens scored, led by Jimerson’s 11 points, to go in front 55-31 with 8:52 remaining.

High Point returned the favor with a 17-0 flurry to trim the lead to 55-48 with 4:08 to play. Holland and Wright tallied seven and five points, respectively, during the run.

Jimerson restored order, and a double-digit margin that held, with the last of his five triples, and the Billikens maintained command down the stretch.

Saint Louis scored the first five points and led by that margin, 12-7, with 14:21 left. A 3-pointer by Holland capped a 9-2 High Point run that gave the Panthers a 16-14 edge at the 7:53 mark.

The Billikens then embarked on a 16-3 spurt to end the half. Goodwin tallied the first six points on two buckets and a pair from the line, and Jimerson connected twice from beyond the arc as SLU carried a 30-19 lead to the locker room.

Saint Louis hosts Belmont Saturday, Nov. 23, at 4 p.m. in a game that will be televised on FOX Sports Midwest.

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