Dec. 28, 2007
ALBANY, NY- Ahmad Nivins had 20 points and seven rebounds, Pat Calathes grabbed 16 rebounds and Saint Joseph's sank 10 3-pointers to beat Siena 74-68 Friday night at the Times Union Center. It was the second straight win for SJU, which is now 6-4. Siena had its four-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 6-4.
Trailing 68-66 with 1:33 to go, the Hawks scored the final nine points of the game to beat the Saints. Rob Ferguson's open 3-pointer gave the Hawks the lead for good with 1:24 left. It was Ferguson's fourth 3-pointer in four three-point attempts on the game, as he finished with 14 points. Calathes had 14 points to go along with his career-high 16 rebounds, and added three steals. The biggest steal came with :26 to play and Siena trailing by three. Calathes stepped in front of a pass and took it the length of the court for a dunk to give the Hawks the 73-68 lead with :12 remaining. Tasheed Carr provided the final margin with a free throw with three seconds to go.
Siena, playing without second-leading scorer Alex Franklin, was led by sophomore Edwin Ubiles with 16 points. Tay Fisher had 14 points and Ronald Moore had 12.
In addition to Franklin's absence with a back injury, Siena's starting center Cory Magee played just six minutes with an illness and leading scorer Kenny Hasbrouck scored just four points and didn't play the final three minutes after injuring his back.
Nivins shot 7-for-12 from the field and 6-for-10 from the line to record his first 20-point game since December 1.
Garrett Williamson had another solid defensive effort off the bench and came up with a rebound from a Calathes block with 3:15 to play after Siena had taken a 63-60 lead. Williamson took the ball on the break and converted a 3-point play to tie the score at 63-63. "We made a lot of the small plays needed to get out of here with a win. Our defense was tougher in the last four minutes when it had to be," said SJU coach Phil Martelli. "These are the games we have lost already this year. We had leads for long periods and didn't finish the job. Tonight we can get on the bus and say we finished the job."