Jan. 31, 2010
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - The Saint Joseph's men's basketball team clawed back from an eight-point halftime deficit on Sunday afternoon, but it wasn't enough as the Hawks fell to Duquesne, 74-71, at the Palumbo Center. Junior forward Idris Hilliard had 14 points and a career-high 14 rebounds while senior Darrin Govens and freshman Justin Crosgile poured in 17 points apiece, which was a career-high for Crosgile. Todd O'Brien added 12 points.
Saint Joseph's (8-13, 2-5 Atlantic 10) trailed 39-31 at the break but tied the game at 66 with 1:54 to go in the game. Duquesne would then take a 72-68 lead on a pair of free throws by Eric Evans with 23.3 seconds left before Govens hit a three-pointer with 18.1 ticks on the clock to get the Hawks back within a point. After a Bill Clark free throw, Bryant Irwin was whistled for traveling with 7.6 seconds remaining. Evans then went 1-of-2 from the charity stripe to put the Dukes up three and allow the Hawks the opportunity to tie. Unfortunately for the Crimson and Gray, a last-second three by Carl Jones was off the mark.
The Hawks enjoyed a quick start, running out to a 22-15 lead over the first 12 minutes, before Duquesne (11-10, 2-5 Atlantic 10) took over with a 12-0 run in a three-minute span. DU's Melquan Bolding hit two of his three three-pointers over the last five minutes of the stanza as SJU went over four minutes without a point, giving the home team the eight-point cushion heading into halftime.
Govens scored the first five points of the second half and nine of SJU's first 14 in the period as the Hawks got back within a basket on multiple occasions. With 9:44 to go, Irwin's layup closed the deficit to one at 53-52, but the Dukes scored the next six to go up 59-52.
With Duquesne ahead by five, senior Garrett Williamson was fouled and converted both free throw attempts to cut the lead to three at 64-61 with 4:34 to go. However, Williamson fouled out less than a minute later when he drove the lane with 3:25 to go and was called for an offensive foul.
The Hawks continued to fight back, as Crosgile hit a jumper from long range to close back within one at 65-64 with 2:57 remaining. After Clark made a free throw for the Dukes, a tip-in by Hilliard tied the score, 66-66, before Duquesne took the lead for good with 1:26 to go and held off the Hawk rally in the closing seconds.
Govens and Crosgile both finished with 17 points to pace SJU, while Hilliard added 14 and Todd O'Brien chipped in with 13. Hilliard was the only Hawk with double-digit rebounds, corralling 14. Bolding led the Dukes with 24 points, and Damian Saunders scored 15 while matching Hilliard's 14 boards and just missing a triple-double with seven blocks.
The Dukes enjoyed a 38-35 rebounding advantage and shot 52.8% from the floor while holding Saint Joseph's to just 37.9% shooting. The Hawks did convert on 72.7% (16-of-22) of their free throws, while Duquesne mustered just 56% (14-of-25) on the night.
With the defeat, Saint Joseph's remains winless on the road outside of Philadelphia, falling to 1-8 away from home.
The Hawks return home to face Richmond on Wednesday night, February 3, in the first of three consecutive home games at Hagan Arena.