About 15 minutes after 13th-ranked St. Louis University’s dramatic, last-second win over La Salle on Saturday, SLU guard Jordair Jett stood in a hallway just off the court at Tom Gola Arena when La Salle coach John Giannini walked past.

Giannini walked over and shook Jett’s hand.

“Big time,” Giannini told him.

Jett did it again on Saturday. He scored 25 points, including 15 of SLU’s final 17 and 19 of its final 24. He capped the game by dribbling down the clock, driving the lane and scoring with 3.7 seconds left to give SLU a 65-63 victory.

Jett hit a shot that put SLU in the lead four times in the second half, twice in the final minute.

“Man, it’s crazy,” said teammate Dwayne Evans, who had 14 points and is increasingly playing second fiddle to the guard from St. Paul, Minn. “He really got to the basket at will. We told him in the second half to be aggressive. Clearly he was.”

In the latest chapter of SLU’s wonder season, the Billikens won their 16th straight game, improving to 22-2 and 9-0 in the Atlantic 10. They are 9-0 on the road this season. They left St. Louis on Monday for two tough games in Philadelphia and came away with two wins. All in all, if you’re going to spend a week in Philadelphia, this was a very good way to end it.

“It’s a real good feeling,” Jett said. “Everyone was saying we’d win one and lose one. It feels good to prove everybody wrong and do what we did.”

“It’s what we expected,” Evans said. “We didn’t expect to come in and get one. We expected to come in and get two quality wins over quality teams.”

SLU is making that kind of thing routine. Though SLU still has the three other teams at the top of the A-10 standings to play, starting with VCU on Saturday, it has handled every challenge thrown at it so far and shown no signs of flinching. Four of SLU’s first nine A-10 games have come down to the closing seconds of regulation, three of them on the road, and SLU has done all the right things in all of them.

Jett’s game was reminiscent of the Rhode Island game, where Jett scored 31, including 21 in the second half and SLU’s last seven, including two game-winning free throws with 7.4 seconds left. In both games, Jett kept finding lanes and driving to the basket to score. His final four baskets on Saturday all came on drives.

“Our team was spacing the floor for me and giving me a good opportunity to attack the rim,” said Jett, who admitted surprise that La Salle didn’t change things up to slow him. “That’s exactly what I do best. I took the opportunity and found open gaps.”

“He’s super strong,” Giannini said. “If he doesn’t have a career — and this is no exaggeration — if he doesn’t have a career in the NBA, I think he could play in the NFL if his 40 time is good enough, and I’m not joking about that. His strength and his mental toughness and his physicality is at the highest level you can find on a basketball court. He’s strong physically, he’s strong mentally, and he’s going to go to the basket and he does it against everybody.”

SLU led by nine in the first half but foul trouble sent both Rob Loe and fellow big man John Manning to the bench and the teams went into the break tied after La Salle (12-11, 4-5) scored the half’s final five points. La Salle moved ahead early in the second half when SLU was powerless to stop forward Jerrell Wright, who finished with 21 points, and stayed there until there was 11:51 to go, when Austin McBroom took a pass from Loe and hit a 3.

And from there, it was all Jett. La Salle tied the game and Jett put SLU back ahead with a pull-up 15-footer. La Salle tied it again and then Jett made one of two free throws, rebounded a La Salle miss, was fouled going to the basket, scored and made the free throw to put SLU up 54-50 with 8:48 to go.