Nov. 17, 2009
PHILADELPHIA - Carl Jones scored 18 points and hit two free throws at 1:27 to break a tie and help lift Saint Joseph's (2-0) to a 69-67 win over Holy Cross (0-2) at Hagan Arena. Sophomore Todd O'Brien registered his first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds for Saint Joseph's.
Jones hit a jumper to give the Hawks a 65-63 lead at 1:57, but Holy Cross' Andrew Beinert connected on a jumper at 1:43 to knot the score at 65-65. On the Hawks' next possession, Jones was fouled and converted both free throws to give SJU the lead for good. O'Brien would grab a key rebound off a Holy Cross miss and Jones converted two more free throws at :15 to put the Hawks up 69-67. Devin Brown scored once more for Holy Cross on a putback with one second left to provide the final margin.
Saint Joseph's used a balanced attack and shot 46.4 percent in the first half to take a 37-31 halftime lead. O'Brien led the way, scoring eight points in 11 minutes.
"The thing that jumps out is having nine guys scoring. Each guy who played had a spurt where they helped us," said SJU coach Phil Martelli.
"I walk out of here happy to be 2-0 and happy to have christened this building this way, but I know what is on the horizon going to play an ACC team (Boston College) on Friday," said Martelli. "I'm proud of this team because it didn't get distracted. We're leaving (for St. Thomas, Virgin Islands) at four o'clock tomorrow morning and there wasn't any 'I've got to do this, I've got to do that.' They were focused on the game."
Jones shot 6-for-11 from the field and made 5-of-7 from the line for the Hawks, while O'Brien made 5-of-7 shots.
Brown led Holy Cross with 17 points while R.J. Evans had 16 points. Andrew Keister had 10 points and 11 rebounds for Holy Cross, which dominated the boards, outrebounding SJU, 50-33.
Saint Joseph's begins play in the 2009 Paradise Jam on Friday evening against Boston College (6 p.m. EST). They will then play 7th-ranked Purdue or South Dakota State on either Saturday or Sunday.