St. Louis, Mo., Dec. 6, 2016 – The No. 13-ranked Washington University in St. Louis men's basketball team rebounded from its first loss of the season with a 103-64 win over Fontbonne University in the Wydown Showdown Tuesday in St. Louis.
WashU improved to 6-1 with the win, while Fontbonne dropped to 1-4.
The Bears scored a season-high 103 points and shot 52.1 percent (37-of-71) from the field. WashU also connected on a season-high 10 three-pointers.
Senior Clinton Hooks scored a season-high 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting, while juniors Andrew Sanders and David Schmelter added 12 points apiece. Junior Kevin Kucera added 10 points and eight assists, while freshman DeVaughn Rucker had a career-best 10 points in eight minutes off the bench.
WashU and Fontbonne exchanged baskets through the opening seven minutes of play, but it was the Griffins who had the early 26-21 lead with 10:13 to play after a three by Kody Ettinger. Fontbonne hit 5-of-8 three-pointers to start the contest.
Knupp ignited a run for WashU after a pair of steals and two buckets as the Bears scored 11-straight points to make it 37-32 and force a Fontbonne timeout. WashU continued to pour it on just before half, ending the first 20 minutes on a 26-4 run.
WashU took a 52-36 lead to the locker room after shooting 48.7 percent (19-of-39) from the field and hitting 10-of-11 from the foul line. Schmelter had 12 points in the half.
The lead grew to 26 points (68-42) after a three-pointer by Hooks with 14:58 to play. The Bears shot 52.9 percent (18-of-34) in the second half, and hit 6-of-9 threes.
Ettinger lead Fontbonne with 14 points, while Kris McCann added 10. The Griffins hit 11 a season-high three-pointers in the loss.
WashU returns to action with a road game at Central College (5-1) on Saturday, Dec. 10. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m. in Pella, Iowa.
BEAR NOTEBOOK: WashU is 17-1 all-time against Fontbonne, and has won each of the last 15 meetings … The Bears dished out a season-high 29 assists, and outrebounded Fontbonne 46-30 … WashU hit 19-of-22 from the foul line … The Bears have outrebounded six of its seven opponents this season … Sanders has scored in double figures six times and is 12 points shy of 500 for his career.