Feb. 1, 2006
DAYTON, OH - Brian Roberts scored 22 points - including 15 consecutive Dayton points in the second half - to lead the Flyers to a 77-69 victory over Saint Joseph's (9-9, 3-5 A-10) on Wednesday night at the UD Arena.
The Flyers (11-11, 3-5) took a 32-29 lead at halftime on a 3-pointer at the buzzer after a tight first 20 minutes. One of the critical moments for the Hawks came at 11:34 when senior Dave Mallon went down with an ankle injury, which kept him sidelined for the rest of the game.
"Dave's a senior and when you're on the road, you certainly need seniors. But you have to deal with the hand you have. It just shortens our bench and we had to play the younger guys who aren't really great together yet," said Hawk coach Phil Martelli. "Dave's a great defensive anchor for us, so that hurt us too."
Roberts hit a jumper and a 3-pointer pushing the lead to 42-38 early in the second half. After Stachitas hit a 3-pointer, Roberts countered with another three, then hit four foul shots before capping his own 15-5 run by hitting another 3-pointer for a 52-43 lead. UD would shoot 54.5 percent from the field in the second half and push its lead to double digits with 11 minutes to play.
After Dayton took a 60-50 lead at 7:48, it would not allow the Hawks to get within single digits until the final margin.
In the second half, we were just trading baskets and that's not our nature. It's too many points. We're not equipped to get 71 or 72," said Martelli. "The second half was a matter of being out-physicaled by a young team. We got moved around - and I don't mean illegally. We just have to harden our bodies, not our hearts or minds."
SJU shot over 40 percent (42.9) from the field, but made just 6-of-21 from 3-point range.
Despite the 33 points from Jalloh and Lee, Martelli pointed out that the starting backcourt combined for eight of the team's 12 turnovers.
Warren Williams added 19 points and Norman Plummer had 15 for the Flyers, who made 9-of-17 3-pointers, led by Roberts who was 4-for-6.
Mallon was diagnosed with a sprained ankle (left), but he will have x-rays on Thursday to determine if there is more serious damage.
The Hawks return home to host St. Bonaventure on Saturday.