Saint Joseph's Picks Up 74-63 Home Opener Win Over Ball State
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  11/27/2007

Nov. 27, 2007

Box Score

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Pat Calathes scored 19 points and Darrin Govens had 15, including four 3-pointers in the second half, as Saint Joseph's defeated undermanned Ball State 74-63 on Tuesday.

Ahmad Nivins had 15 points for Saint Joseph's (3-1), playing its first home game of the season and its first game since Nov. 17, while Tasheed Carr had 13.

Rashaun McLemore had 15 points and Peyton Stovall added 13 for the Cardinals (0-5). Ball State played without leading scorer Anthony Newell, who is sidelined with a foot injury, and dressed just 10 players - including three walk-ons.

The Hawks led 46-33 six minutes into the second half, but Ball State used a 10-2 run, capped by a 3-pointer by Brandon Lampley, to pull within 48-45.

Long-range shooting by Govens sparked the Hawks to a 61-49 advantage, but the Cardinals rallied once again, cutting the lead to 64-57 at the 5:03 mark. But Rob Ferguson made a layup and Govens hit another 3 to end the threat.

The Hawks, which are in the midst of four games in eight days, host #19 Gonzaga on Thursday evening at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse.

Post-Game Quotes - Phil Martelli

OVERALL: "The balance we are looking for was there with four double-digit scorers."

BALL STATE: "This was a Ball State team with limited numbers and that is a good thing because kids can't come out of the game and they get to develop their skills."

"We're the first team to get more than 30 points in the first half against them [Ball State]. That was a big deal for us."

"In each half when we spread them out we didn't finish them off."

GONZAGA: "I have great admiration for their program. We're anxious to play that game. I will be honest with you."