March 11, 2011
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -
Saint Joseph's (11-21) Carl Jones scored a career-high 28 points and the Hawks gave coach Phil Martelli his 300th career win with a 93-90 overtime victory over fourth-seeded Duquesne (18-12) in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament on Friday at Boardwalk Hall. The game will be televised nationally on CBS College Sports and can be heard on WNTP 990 AM.
Saint Joseph's, the 12th seed, will face ninth-seeded Dayton in the semifinals on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Martelli is now 300-208 in 16 seasons with the Hawks.
Trailing 79-77 late, senior Ronald Roberts for a dunk that tied the game 79-79 with 1.5 seconds to go an force the extra frame.
In overtime, Duquesne tallied the first basket, but the Hawks answered with an 8-0 run, taking an 88-82 lead on a Bentley three pointer with 2:37 to go.
The Dukes fought back to make it a 91-90 game with under 15 seconds left. However, Jones hit a pair of free throws to extend the Hawks' lead to 93-90, and SJU's defense smothered Duquesne's T.J. McConnell to force a contested three-pointer that missed its mark as time expired.
Roberts had a career-high 19 points and Idris Hilliard had 18 points and nine rebounds for the Hawks.
Roberts led the Hawks with 12 points in a frenetic first half that saw the teams combine for 20 turnovers, with SJU committing nine. Although Duquesne led by eight points, the Hawks fought back and tied it at 22-22, helped by threes from Hilliard and Bentley. SJU would go into halftime holding a 40-39 lead.
Saint Joseph's led by as many as 11 points in the second half, but Duquesne used an 13-1 run to take its first lead of the half, 69-68, with 3:50 to go.
The Hawks committed an uncharacteristic 17 turnovers in the game but shot 52.5 percent, while making 5-of-7 shots in the extra period.
Damian Saunders and Bill Clark each had 21 points for the Dukes while Sean Johnson had 18 and T.J. McConnell scored 15.
It was Saint Joseph's second consecutive overtime victory, and only the second all season, after the Hawks beat George Washington in the opening round of the A-10 on Wednesday.