Hawks Make It Five In A Row With 70-55 Victory Over Rams
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  02/02/2008

Feb. 2, 2008

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Ahmad Nivins scored 15 points, Pat Calathes added 14 and Saint Joseph's won its fifth straight game with a 70-55 victory over Fordham on Saturday.

Senior Pat Calathes became the 46th player in school history to notch 1,000 points when he scored with 7:45 to play in the game. Calathes now has 1,003 points in his career.

Tasheed Carr and Darrin Govens had 11 each for Saint Joseph's (14-5, 6-1 Atlantic 10), which won for the 14th time in the last 16 games against the Rams, and has a hold on first place in the league. The Hawks also won for the 10th time in their last 11 games this season.

Marcus Stout scored 15 of his 19 points in the second half and Bryant Dunston added 18 for Fordham (8-11, 2-5), which dropped its third game in a row.

Saint Joseph's led 39-25 at halftime thanks to 64 percent shooting (14-of-22), and the Rams never got closer than eight the rest of the way. They cut the lead to 46-38 on a 3-pointer by Stout with 12:52 left, but the Hawks responded with five straight points for a 51-38 lead.

Fordham pulled within 12 points, 57-45, on a basket by Stout with 8:05 remaining before Saint Joseph's pulled away.

The Hawks shot 51 percent from the field, including 8-of-15 from 3-point territory. Fordham hit 37 percent of its shots and was just 3-of-21 on 3-pointers.

"I think we established ourselves early," said Hawk coach Phil Martelli. "If you want to be at the top of the league you have to dominate your home games."

The Hawks have a quick turnaround and will host Big 5 rival Villanova on Monday at The Palestra. Game time is 8 p.m. and the contest will be televised nationally on CSTV.