Saint Louis' 19-game win streak may have been fun while it lasted and it was certainly no fun for the Billikens when it ended.

Saint Louis players, looking as glum as they have looked since their last loss, back on Dec. 1, admitted they were outplayed on Thursday night in a 71-64 loss to Duquesne at Chaifetz Arena.

The Billikens couldn't match Duquesne's energy, couldn't find room to maneuver inside and couldn't make up for it by hitting from outside. "They outplayed us," forward Rob Loe said. "They had more energy and we didn't execute well on offense. They just outplayed us."

"You have to come to play every game," forward Dwayne Evans said. "As a team, I think we knew that but this reinforces it."

The loss puts on hold until at least Saturday 10th-ranked Billikens' chance to clinch at least a share of its second consecutive Atlantic 10 title and the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament.

It was an unfamiliar evening for Saint Louis in so many ways. The team's last loss was to Wichita State on the first day of December, and for all the close calls SLU has had recently, they were rarely outhustled, and never for such long of stretches as Thursday.

From beginning to end, there were precious few moments where the Saint Louis offense seemed to click.

"Not really," Saint Louis coach Jim Crews said. "We really weren't strong around the bucket at times. That's from small guys, big guys, medium-sized guys. It was a team thing. They've got quick hands, strong hands. That was problematic for us at times."