Hawks Drop A-10 Matchup To Massachusetts, 68-58
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  01/11/2006
Rashaun Freeman scored 19 points to lead Massachusetts to a 68-58 win over visiting Saint Joseph's at the Mullins Center. SJU saw its eight-game winning streak vs. Massachusetts come to an end while falling to 6-6 and 1-2 in the Atlantic 10 on the season.

The Hawks started out strong and held a 13-8 lead, but went cold and without a basket for a six-minute stretch, allowing UMass (7-5; 2-0) back into the game. The teams were tied 23-23 at halftime.

SJU scored the first basket of the second half, but then saw UMass score the next seven to take a 30-25 lead, which the Minutemen would not relinquish. The Hawks suffered from an eight-minute scoring drought in the second half, allowing the home team to take a 43-34 lead. The Minutemen increased that to 55-40 with 5:32 remaining.

Saint Joseph's did pull to within 64-58 with 29 seconds remaining, but the game became a procession to the foul line for UMass. The Minutemen went 8-for-10 from the line in the final 1:20.

SJU was limited to a season-low 16 percent from 3-point range, making just 4-of-25. An 80-percent shooting team, the Hawks also struggled from the foul line, hitting just 14-of-20.

"Our biggest concern is offense. When we are guarded, we go into a state of panic, and we just don't have enough ball skill on this team to defeat the physical play that we see," said Hawk coach Phil Martelli. "It's a shame, because this team will fight. But the ability to run offense when guarded really baffles me."

Rob Ferguson led the Hawks with 15 points on 6-for-8 shooting, while Abdulai Jalloh had 14, with seven from the foul line.