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Stachitas Leads Men's Basketball Over Davidson, 76-61, for Hawks' First Win
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  11/27/2004

Nov. 27, 2004

Box Score

By DAN GELSTON
AP Sports Writer

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Chet Stachitas scored a career-high 25 points and Dwayne Lee added a career-high 13 to lead Saint Joseph's to a 76-61 win over Davidson on Saturday at the Palestra.

Saint Joseph's bounced back from a disastrous 91-51 season-opening loss at Kansas. They used a 17-7 run to close the first half, then held off a late Davidson run and won for the first time since beating Wake Forest in last year's semifinals of the East Rutherford Regional.

Ian Johnson led Davidson (2-2) with 20 points and Jason Morton added 14.

Pat Carroll returned to the starting lineup after missing the opener with a dislocated right shoulder and scored nine points.

Saint Joe's stretched the lead to 22 points midway through the second half, but the Wildcats, who already have an upset win at Missouri and played a tight, competitive game at Duke, hit five 3-pointers in just under 5{ minutes and got to 69-59 with 1:50 left.

With time running out on the shot clock, Carroll calmly swished a 3 from the left wing, and Stachitas and John Bryant each sank two free throws in the final 50 seconds to seal the win.

Even with Carroll back, coach Phil Martelli stuck with Stachitas in the starting lineup.

Stachitas was a miserable 3-for-14 against the Jayhawks, but he rediscovered his touch against the Wildcats, going 4-for-5 on 3-pointers. Dwayne Jones added 11 points.

Davidson hung tight for most of the first half, pulling to 24-22 before Carroll and Lee hit consecutive 3-pointers. Lee added a couple of more splendid plays during the spurt, fighting through a bunch of big men for a layup, then grabbing a steal and assisting on a fastbreak layup with a bounce pass to Arvydas Lidzius.

The Hawks get a week's break before taking on local rival Drexel in the Big 5 Classic on Saturday, December 4 at the Palestra. Game time is 8 p.m.