March 16, 2006
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Abdulai Jalloh scored 18 of his 23 points in the first half to lead Saint Joseph's to a 71-62 win over Rutgers in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament on Thursday night.
Hofstra defeated Nebraska 73-62 on Thursday.
Saint Joseph's advanced to the postseason for the sixth consecutive season - three NCAA Tournament berths and three trips to the NIT. The Hawks lost to South Carolina 60-57 in the championship game of the NIT last season.
The Hawks built a 17-point lead early in the second half and then held off the Scarlet Knights.
Rutgers got within eight points in the final 1:30 before Saint Joseph's pulled away.
Quincy Douby scored 30 points to lead the Scarlet Knights (19-14) with 30 points. Douby was 12-for-22 from the field.
J.R. Inman added 12 points for Rutgers.
Jalloh scored Saint Joseph's last 11 points of the first half - three 3-pointers and two free throws. Jalloh's third straight 3-pointer gave the Hawks their largest lead of the opening half at 37-20 with 2:48 remaining.
Saint Joseph's shot 46 percent from the field and outrebounded Rutgers 20-12 in the first half.