Jan. 10, 2009
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Ahmad Nivins had 28 points and a career-high 20 rebounds, Darrin Govens added 21 points and Saint Joseph's outlasted Rhode Island 92-86 in triple overtime Saturday in the Atlantic 10 opener for both teams.
Jimmy Baron scored 19 points, Kahiem Seawright 17 and Keith Cothran 14 for the Rams (11-5), who had their three-game winning streak snapped. Seawright surpassed the 1,000-point mark, becoming the 47th Rhode Island player to reach the milestone.
It was the longest game for Saint Joseph's since a 60-56 three-overtime win over Penn at the Palestra on January 23, 1980. Before that, a 127-120, four-overtime win over Utah in the consolation round of the NCAA tournament in March 1961 was the previous longest.
Govens hit a 3-pointer with 4.5 seconds left in the second overtime to give the Hawks an 80-77 lead. But Cothran hit a 3-pointer from the wing at the buzzer to force a third extra period. The officials reviewed the shot on replay and ruled the shot good.
In the third overtime, Nivins hit a layup to give Saint Joseph's an 85-81 advantage with 2:03 left. Nine seconds later, Rhode Island coach Jim Baron was whistled for a technical foul. But Nivins missed both free throws. He came back just a few seconds later and hit 1 of 2 from the line to give the Hawks a five-point lead, 86-81, with 1:40 remaining.
Baron's third 3-pointer of the game cut the lead to 86-84 with 1:23 remaining. At that point, the Rhode Island coach called for a timeout, but the Rams didn't have any remaining and were whistled for a technical foul.
Carr made one of the two free throws and Nivins followed with a layup with 54.9 seconds left to give the Hawks an 89-84 lead.
***Photos from today's game are available at www.sidephotos.com.