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Hawks Win Triple Overtime Thriller Over Rams, 92-86
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  01/10/2009

Jan. 10, 2009

Box Score

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.

Tasheed Carr scored 14 points and Idris Hilliard 13 for the Hawks (7-7), who won consecutive games for the first time this season. Nivins had the first 20-point, 20-rebound game of his career.

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.