Jan. 17, 2006
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Curtis Withers had 13 points and 14 rebounds and Mark Bennett scored half of his 12 points during an 18-0 run that helped Charlotte defeat Saint Joseph's 57-50 on Tuesday.
Leemire Goldwire and De'Angelo Alexander had 11 each for the 49ers (11-6, 4-1 Atlantic 10), who won their sixth consecutive road game.
Chet Stachitas led Saint Joseph's with 17 points on 6-of-19 shooting, 4-of-13 from 3-point range. Rob Ferguson had 12 points and Ahmad Nivins contributed nine for the Hawks (6-8, 1-4), who lost their third straight game.
Trailing 52-47 late in the game, Saint Joseph's cut the lead to 52-50 on a 3-pointer by Stachitas with 1:29 remaining. Dwayne Lee had a chance to give the Hawks the lead, but he misfired on a 3-pointer with 27.4 seconds left.
Saint Joseph's built a 41-32 lead with 12:30 remaining in regulation, but Bennett hit back-to-back 3-pointers as Charlotte scored 18 unanswered points to take a 50-41 advantage with 4:53 to go. Stachitas finally hit a 3-pointer with 4:06 left to cut the lead to 50-44.
"This game is numerical. Two guys scored in the second half for us, just two guys. We shot 7-for-31 (2nd half) in our own building, so that's not a mystery. It's a shame, but it's not a mystery," said Hawk coach Phil Martelli.
Withers had nine points and seven rebounds in the first half but was plagued by foul trouble, picking up his third foul - a technical - with 4:53 remaining and sitting out the rest of the half.
The Hawks entered the game ranked last in the conference in field goal percentage defense (47 percent) but held the 49ers to 32-percent shooting en route to a 31-24 lead at halftime.
It was Saint Joseph's second loss at the Fieldhouse this season, and only the fourth loss on campus in the past four years. Entering this season, the Hawks owned a 30-2 record in their building. It marked the first time since the 1998-99 season that SJU has lost consecutive games in Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse.