Jan. 12, 2011
DAYTON, OHIO - Chris Wright had 14 points and 10 rebounds as Dayton (14-4; 2-1) edged Saint Joseph's, 65-59, in Atlantic 10 basketball action at UD Arena. Carl Jones had 19 points for the Hawks (5-11; 0-3).
The game came down to the final few possessions but the Hawks couldn't capitalize.
Wright hit a jumper at 1:47 to give Dayton a 62-57 lead, but C.J. Aiken's dunk pulled the Hawks to within 62-59. SJU missed on a three-pointer with 59 seconds to go and then forced a Dayton turnover at 17.7 seconds. On the Hawks' possession, Justin Crosgile missed a three-pointer with six seconds to play. Coming out of a timeout, Saint Joseph's was the whistled for a technical foul for six men on the court, and Dayton's Chris Johnson made one free throw at :04. SJU then fouled again and Josh Parker connected on a pair of free throws with three seconds to go to provide the final margin.
Saint Joseph's had erased a 12-point Dayton lead in the first half, with a 13-1 run that tied the score at 28-28 with 33.5 seconds to play. Justin Crosgile led the way, scoring XX points in the run. Langston Galloway hit a three-pointer with 1.9 seconds left to give the Hawks their first lead of the game, 33-31. Dayton called an immediate timeout and attempted one last shot at 1.9 seconds, but the inbounds pass went untouched. Saint Joseph's set up under its basketball for the final play and C.J. Aiken caught the inbounds from Galloway and hit a fallaway jumper at the buzzer to give SJU a 35-31 lead at halftime.
Being on the road and being in a possession game, we had a shot when we were down three. We had a play called and just didn't get the proper execution. We just left some plays out there," said SJU coach Phil Martelli. "That was my fault (six men on the court). I was grabbing guys and I had a clear picture what I wanted defensively, and I didn't communicate it. It was my miscommunication."
The Hawks shot 54.2 percent from the field in the second half, while limiting Dayton to just 36 percent and a 1-for-6 effort from three-point range.
Aiken finished with 11 points for SJU to go along with three blocks.
The Hawks traveled to Dayton by bus on Tuesday afternoon after their flight from Philadelphia was cancelled in advance of the snowstorm. SJU made the 9-hour trip, arriving in Dayton at 11 p.m.
Saint Joseph's will remain on the road and head to Saint Louis for a Saturday afternoon game.