PHILADELPHIA - Dwayne Jones had 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead Saint Joseph's to a 59-52 win over Massachusetts in an Atlantic 10 game at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse, to extend the Hawks' winning streak to three, and give them a 3-0 record in conference play.
Anthony Anderson led UMass (7-6; 1-2) with 14 points, going 4-for-5 from 3-point range
Saint Joseph's held a 29-20 lead at halftime, as UMass missed all of its six 3-point attempts.
The Hawks led by as many as 11 in the second half, as John Bryant scored on consecutive dunks to give SJU a 38-28 lead. UMass then used the 3-pointer, hitting five in the second half, to cut the deficit to three points on two occasions.
With SJU leading 46-43, Jones sank a free throw, blocked a shot and then hit two more from the line to give the Hawks a 49-43 edge with 4:38 remaining. The Hawks would build their lead up to seven points two more times, but UMass wouldn't fold.
A layup by Lee with :33 to play gave the Hawks a 56-49 cushion, but Anderson hit his fourth long-range shot to cut the margin to 56-52 with 25 seconds remaining. Stachitas and Lee made free throws in the final seconds to seal the Hawk victory.
"I was really pleased with our defensive effort. That's what we're going to need to win a game when we shoot only 36 percent. It's a step in the right direction for us," said Hawk coach Phil Martelli.
"Our communication lately has been really sharp and that's the number-one thing that's been better in these last three games. Also our screening has gotten better and we're realizing that every mistake is not the end of the world. We just take the next play and dig ourselves out of it," said Martelli of the winning streak.
SJU held a 38-27 rebounding advantage while Jones recorded his sixth double-double of the season. . Saint Joseph's stays in the city for its third straight game, "visiting" La Salle at The Palestra on Saturday, January 15 for a 2 p.m. game. The matchup will count in both the Atlantic 10 and Big 5 standings.