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Men's Basketball Falls to Saint Louis, 56-52
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  02/09/2010

Feb. 9, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - Saint Louis used a strong second half, shooting 50 percent from the field, to defeat Saint Joseph's, 56-52, in Atlantic 10 men's basketball action at Hagan Arena. Saint Louis improves to 15-8 (6-3 A-10) while Saint Joseph's drops to 9-15 (3-7).

Cody Ellis led the Billikens with 13 points while Christian Salecich had 11 points.

Saint Joseph's was led by Garrett Williamson with 13 points and Todd O'Brien with 12 points and 10 rebounds, for his third double-double of the year. Idris Hilliard scored 10 points, all in the first half.

With Saint Joseph's leading at halftime, 32-26, Saint Louis opened the second half with a 9-0 run in the first five minutes to tie the score at 35-35. The Hawks would take their last lead, 39-38, on free throws by Williamson at 13:30 before Saint Louis went on to outscore the home team, 13-4, over the next seven minutes to take control, 51-43.

Saint Joseph's cut it to 51-46 at 4:17 on a tip-in by O'Brien, but SLU's Kyle Cassity answered with a jumper to increase the lead to 53-46. Williamson pulled the Hawks within 53-48, but then neither team would score over the next two and a half minutes, until O'Brien's short jumper at :34 cut the deficit to 53-50.

Despite shooting 61.3 percent from the foul line on the season, Saint Louis made 3-of-4 free throws to up its lead to 56-50 with :21 seconds to go. The Hawks couldn't convert again offensively until Williamson hit a layup with :04 to provide the final margin.

SLU's defense limited the Hawks to a season-low 20 points in the second half, as the home team made just 8-for-27 from the field. Saint Joseph's did outrebound Saint Louis, 41-30, marking only the second time this season, and first since November 23 (loss to DePaul), that the Hawks won the battle of the boards.

The Hawks took the lead in the first half, paced by eight consecutive points from O'Brien to take a 19-11 lead at halfway mark. SJU then led by as much as 30-18 on a layup by Garrett Williamson at 3:34. Consecutive 3-pointers by Jordan Justin and Kwamain Mithell, and a layup by Cassity brought Saint Louis within 30-26 at 1:18, before Chris Prescott bumped up the SJU lead to 32-26 at intermission.

Saint Joseph's gets a short break before returning to action on Sunday, February 14 at Massachusetts.