Dec. 20, 2009
PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's (4-6) used a 20-2 second-half run and had five scorers in double figures to defeat Lehigh (4-6), 77-66, at Hagan Arena. The win snapped a six-game losing streak for the Hawks, and keeps them without a loss in their new facility (3-0).
Darrin Govens led the way with 15 points while freshman Carl Baptiste
Baptistecame off the bench to register a career-high 13 points on 6-for-7 shooting. Chris Prescott finished with 13 points on 5-for-8 shooting and Bryant Irwin finished with 11 points and nine rebounds. Garrett Williamson had eight points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
"I think the opening of each half obviously caused a concern. We had a terrific practice yesterday and usually this is the game that scares me the most because it's going into break coming out of exams, school's empty, and we have young minds and they will start to feel sorry for themselves," said Hawk coach Phil Martelli. "We kept looking for combinations that would give us a little bit more. Then a small group with Garrett as the second biggest guy actually got it done defensively. I think in the second half they had 12 turnovers and we had a number of steals that got us up and down the floor," said the coach.
Saint Joseph's led 40-38 at the half, but saw Lehigh move ahead, 48-43 with 13:32 to play. The Hawks shot poorly early in the half, making just one of their first 10 shots and two of their first 14. Lehigh took advantage and gained a 52-45 lead at 11:13 on a jumper by Dave Buchberger. But a jumper by Chris Prescott would start the Hawks' 20-2 run. During that spurt, SJU held Lehigh without a point for close to six minutes.
During that run, the Hawks received six points from Govens and four apiece from Irwin, Prescott and Williamson.
SJU spotted Lehigh a 10-0 lead at the start of the game, but fought back to take a 22-21 lead at 9:46 on a 3-pointer by Carl Jones.
Irwin started in place of junior Idris Hilliard, who sat out due to "failure to comply with University and team academic standards". Hilliard is expected to be back in action for the Hawks' next game at Siena on December 29.
The Hawks were outrebounded, 44-36, for the ninth time this season, but shot 46 percent in the game.
Lehigh was led by Gabe Knutson and Buchberger, who each scored 13 points for the Mountain Hawks.
Saint Joseph's returns to action after Christmas at Siena on December 29.