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Saint Louis beats Valparaiso in first game since Rick Majerus' death

Saint Louis beat Valparaiso 62-49 on Sunday in its first game since former coach Rick Majerus died of heart failure.

Majerus, 64, passed away at a Los Angeles hospital on Saturday. He guided the Billikens to their first NCAA tournament appearance in 12 years last season.

Majerus, who had a history of heart problems, took a leave of absence due to health issues in August. The school announced last month that he would not return.

Dwayne Evans scored 17 points as Saint Louis (4-3) bounced back from a 66-61 loss at Washington on Wednesday. Jordair Jett added 14 points, and Mike McCall Jr. scored 10.

The Billikens used a 10-0 run late in the first half to go up 25-19. Evans ended the blitz with a dunk.

Ryan Broekhoff, Kevin Van Wijk and Matt Kenney had 10 points apiece for Valparaiso (5-2).