Feb. 10, 2007
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Pat Calathes scored 16 points to lead Saint Joseph's past city rival La Salle 72-50 on Saturday.
Calathes also hit both of his free throws, extending his streak of consecutive attempts made to 35, two shy of tying the school record.
Darrin Govens scored 15 points in his first start of the year, replacing Jawan Carter, who was battling the flu this week. Ahmad Nivins added 14 points on his 20th birthday and D.J. Rivera had 13 for the Hawks (14-10, 6-4 Atlantic 10), who shot 50 percent from the field and won for the eighth straight time over the Explorers.
Kimmani Barrett scored 11 points for La Salle (9-16, 2-9), which dropped its fifth game in a row.
The Hawks never trailed and cruised to a 37-19 lead at halftime, nearly eclipsing their full-game total of 39 points in a 56-39 loss at Villanova on Tuesday. That point total was Saint Joseph's lowest in the history of the Big 5.
The Explorers scored the first five points of the second half to cut the deficit to 37-24, but Saint Joseph's responded with a 10-1 run to take a commanding 47-25 lead with 16:06 remaining. Garrett Williamson scored five points, Calathes scored three and Nivins had a basket during the spurt.
La Salle never got closer than 16 the rest of the game. Darnell Harris, who entered the game as La Salle's leading scorer at 14.8 points per game, finished with just three on 1-of-5 shooting.