Jan. 21, 2006
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Chet Stachitas scored all 15 of his points in the second half as Saint Joseph's overcame a slow start to defeat La Salle 66-54, snapping a three-game losing streak Saturday afternoon.
The Hawks (7-8, 2-4 Atlantic 10) trailed by as many as 13 points in the first half, when they shot just 3-for-21 from the floor, missed all eight 3-point attempts and committed eight turnovers. Saint Joseph's failed to reach double digits until an Abdulai Jalloh free throw with 3:27 left in the half.
Saint Joseph's hit 10-of-12 free throws in the first half to stay within striking distance, but La Salle (10-6, 2-4) led 27-16 at the break.
In the second half, Rob Ferguson and Jalloh connected on 3-pointers to spark an early 8-0 run that got the Hawks back into the game. Stachitas hit one of his three second-half 3-pointers to give Saint Joseph's the lead for good at 39-38 with 10:30 left."This win was attributed to our defense. I thought we did a terrific job," said Hawk coach Phil Martelli. "I think the demons from the other night (loss to Charlotte) were evident in the first half. But in the second half, Rob Ferguson got a few buckets and hit a three and you could see a little pressure be relieved. We were certainly able to answer them in the second half."
Jalloh led Saint Joseph's with 17 points and nine rebounds, while Ahmad Nivins came off the bench to grab nine boards.
The Explorers, led by Steven Smith's 17 points and six rebounds, lost their fourth straight game.
SJU improves to 2-0 in the Big 5, while La Salle falls to 0-2.
The Hawks are in the midst of a stretch of seven of nine games in Philadelphia, but go on the road to meet Saint Louis for the first time on Wednesday, Jan. 25.