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Saint Joseph's Edges Penn, 47-44, in Big 5 Battle
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  01/28/2006

Jan. 28, 2006

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Rob Ferguson scored 18 points and Abdulai Jalloh hit his only basket of the game with 25 seconds remaining to lift Saint Joseph's to a 47-44 win over Penn on Saturday night.

Jalloh's basket came after Ferguson tied the game 44-44 with a 3-pointer with 1:31 left. Jalloh had 10 points, eight from the free throw line, for the Hawks (9-8), who won their third straight game.

Mark Zoller had 13 points and 10 rebounds and Steve Danley also had 13 points for the Quakers (10-6), who had their four-game winning streak snapped.

Danley had a chance to tie the game with 8.2 seconds left but missed the first free throw. He missed the second shot on purpose but Penn was unable to secure the rebound.

Saint Joseph's went more than 13 minutes without a field goal after a 3-pointer by Chet Stachitas with 15:41 left gave the Hawks a 30-25 lead. The Quakers responded with a 9-0 run over 4:13 to take a 34-30 lead with 10:34 to go.

Penn led 19-17 at halftime as both teams combined to shoot 14-of-47 from the field, 3-of-20 from 3-point range.

"It's just the way these games (Big 5) are, although that's a cliche," said Hawk coach Phil Martelli of the low-scoring affair. "They're a hard, down and dirty kind of game, that doesn't lend themselves to a pretty game. These are always like league games."

"Defensively, this is two games in a row where we really fought every possession. I'm pleased with the fight that we showed."

As a tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Big 5 - the annual clash of city rivals Penn, Temple, La Salle, Saint Joseph's and Villanova - both schools agreed to allow their student sections to throw streamers on the court after their first field goal, a practice that has been banned by since 1985.

The win gives the Hawks a 3-0 Big 5 record, setting the stage for the February 7 game with rival Villanova.

Saint Joseph's next goes on the road on Wednesday, February 1, to visit Dayton.

SJU and Penn celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Big 5 by bringing back the tradition of throwing streamers after each team's first basket.