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Hawks Hold Off Late Charge From Saint Mary's to Win, 70-66
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  12/29/2005

Dec. 28, 2005

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MORAGA, Calif. (AP) - Abdulai Jalloh scored 21 points and Rob Ferguson added a career-high 20 to help Saint Joseph's hold off a late Saint Mary's rally to win 70-66 Wednesday night.

Ferguson, who was averaging 7.4 points per game, reached his career-high with 16 in the first half as Saint Joseph's (5-3) shot 68 percent from the floor to build a 43-30 lead.

Saint Mary's (5-5), which had won four straight, cut it to 53-51 with an eight-point run as the Hawks missed 14 of their first 17 shots in the second half.

Then with the score 55-53, Ferguson got his first points of the second half when he converted a three-point play inside to make it a five-point game with 6:46 to go. The Gaels did not get closer than four points after that.

The Hawks missed four free throws in the final minute before Dwayne Lee iced the game with two foul shots with 3.9 seconds to go.

Jalloh, a 6-foot guard, had a key basket in the final minute, grabbing an air ball from Ferguson and scoring to put Saint Joseph's in front 66-59.

Saint Joseph's leading scorer Chet Stachitas scored only four points, 13 below his season average.

Freshman Diamon Simpson had a career-high 14 points and 13 rebounds for the Gaels. Reda Rhalimi also set a career high with 13 points. Brett Collins had 14 and Daniel Kickert 13 for Saint Mary's.

The Gaels controlled the boards, outrebounding the Hawks 42-30, getting 21 offensive boards.

Saint Joseph's continues on its West Coast swing when it visits 8th-ranked Gonzaga on New Year's Eve in Spokane.