Dec. 11, 2004
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -Tyrone Riley scored 16 points and had 12 rebounds as the University of San Francisco won its fourth straight game Saturday night to defeat Saint Joseph's, 80-54, in the championship game of the Dons' Northwestern Mutual Shootout.
John Cox and Jerome Gumbs each scored 21 points for the Dons. Riley was named the tournament's most valuable player.
The Dons' largest lead was 29 points when the score stood at 63-34 with 11:09 to play in the second half. The team remained ahead by at least 20 points for the remainder of the game.
San Francisco (5-3) never trailed after scoring the first six points of the game and leading 12-4. A series of fast breaks, dunks and 3-pointers pushed that advantage to 19 points at halftime. Riley and Gumbs combined for 22 points during the first half.
The Dons shot 52 percent from the field and were 9-of-18 from 3-point range.
The leading scorer for Saint Joseph's was Dwayne Jones with 15 points and 12 rebounds, but the Hawks committed 20 turnovers while the Dons had 11.
The Hawks suffered a loss early on when leading scorer, Chet Stachitas, sprained his right ankle and was helped off the court. Stachitas scored a career-high 27 points in the Hawks' victory against UC Davis and was averaging 16.3 points per game. The severity of Stachitas' injury has yet to be determined and he will be reevaluated when the Hawks return to Philadelphia.
The Hawks were also without their third-leading scorer when Pat Carroll fouled out with almost six minutes remaining in the contest after scoring 13 points.
SJU cut the deficit to four points, 17-13, midway through the first half but the Hawks would not get any closer.
The Hawks (3-3) have more defeats than all of last season, when they went 30-2 and spent a week as the top ranked team in the Associated Press poll.
The Hawks have a break from game action for final exams and then travel to Old Dominion on Dec. 22.