Saint Louis fires head coach Jim Crews after four seasons

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Shortly after the team’s loss to George Washington in the second round of the Atlantic 10 tournament, Saint Louis AD Chris May announced that head coach Jim Crews would not be retained.

Crews was named interim head coach in place of the late Rick Majerus just before the start of the 2012-13 season, and he led that team to 28 wins and the Atlantic 10 regular season and tournament titles. The interim tag was then removed, and in 2013-14 the Billikens won 27 games and a second consecutive Atlantic 10 regular season title.

But with many of the key contributors from those teams moving on, including guard Jordair Jett and forward Dwayne Evans, Crews’ program couldn’t build on the momentum gained in those two seasons. Over the last two years SLU’s posted a record of 22-42, winning 11 games in both campaigns. That downturn was cited by May as the reason for the move in the release sent out by the school Thursday afternoon.

This year’s team had just one scholarship senior, guard Achraf Yacoubou, who was the team’s leading scorer this season with an average of 11.2 points per game.