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Saint Joseph's Overcomes Second-Half Deficit to Top Charlotte, 75-70
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  01/07/2007

Jan. 7, 2007

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Ahmad Nivins scored 12 of his 19 points in the second half Sunday and Saint Joseph's rallied to beat Charlotte 75-70.

Darrin Govens and Pat Calathes added 14 points apiece for the Hawks, who overcame 27 points from Charlotte's De'Angelo Alexander to win their third straight game. It was a career-high for Govens.

Saint Joseph's (9-5, 2-0 Atlantic 10) trailed by 13 in the first half and 11 early in the second before Nivins went to work inside. He scored seven points in an 11-2 run that gave the Hawks their first lead with 5:47 left.

Nivins' two free throws with 3 minutes left made it 66-63 and Rivera's layup with just over 2 minutes left gave the Hawks a 70-65 lead.

After Alexander's driving layup with a minute left cut Charlotte's deficit to three at 70-67, Calathes hit a jumper with 34 seconds left then made two free throws with 10 seconds remaining to put it away for Saint Joseph's, which shot 64 percent in the second half.

Alexander hit 8-of-16 shots and 7-of-8 free throws, but got little help when it mattered. Leemire Goldwire scored 20 points, but shot 2-for-7 in the second half as the 49ers (6-8, 0-2) lost their second straight game, both after giving up big leads.

Charlotte led Dayton by nine points with under eight minutes left in a 66-63 loss on Thursday.

The Hawks, who shot 56 percent in a 48-point win over Duquesne Wednesday, missed their first 10 shots against Charlotte. Govens' driving layup with 12:11 left ended the drought.

Goldwire's 3-pointer with 5:07 left pushed the 49ers' lead to 29-16. Saint Joseph's cut its deficit to 36-27 at halftime despite hitting 8 of 25 shots, thanks to its rebounding. The Hawks held a 37-25 advantage on the glass and had 15 offensive rebounds.

Rob Ferguson had eight points and six rebounds for Saint Joseph's despite playing on a sprained ankle suffered in practice Friday.

The Hawks return to Philadelphia to visit Temple on Wednesday, Jan. 10, and host Rhode Island on Saturday, Jan. 13 (2 p.m.)

Phil Martelli Quotes: Over the last several days, I've seen my team grow and fight a little bit harder in practice, not give in so easily when things didn't go our way. And that's what happened today. In the second half, you could see our confidence grow. We were able to make some free throws and the recovery of the ball by Pat Calathes was a big play and then the timeout and the execution of that out of bounds play.

Ahmad is one of the best players in the Atlantic 10. I had to take him out before the first media timeout of the second half because he has a tendency to not to allow his abilities to come out. I challenged him after the first timeout to be a man, and I thought he really became tough for them to handle around the basket. You can't just bull your way through people - you have to have some stuff in your game and he certainly did that in the second half.

I thought Darrin Govens played his best college game today, and I'm not even talking about the points (14). He had four assists, one turnover and he had the pace of the game the right way. He got guys running with him. D.J. Rivera is a mean spirited guy on defense and we had to have somebody out there to challenge D'Angelo (Alexander) or he would've had 35 or 40.