It was all Saint Louis in the early going of the half as the Billikens jumped out to a 14-2 lead. The Explorers were able to claw their way back into the game but were not able to take a lead in the half after leading 2-0. Turnovers also helped La Salle get back into it. On nine Billikens turnovers, La Salle scored 10 points. Despite the turnovers, Saint Louis was able to keep the Explorers at bay by shooting 5-12 from behind the arc at the half.
Saint Louis was led by Kwamain Mitchell with 14 points in the first half. La Salle had balanced scoring with Earl Pettis scoring eight points, Sam Mills and Devon White each scoring five points and Tyreek Duren scoring four points.