Feb. 28, 2006
CINCINNATI, OH - Saint Joseph's led from start to finish, defeating Xavier, 68-58, in crucial Atlantic 10 matchup at the Cintas Center . The Hawks' backcourt of Dwayne Lee and Abdulai Jalloh combined for 36 points while SJU shot 92.3 percent from the foul line, making 24 of 26 attempts.
It was SJU's fourth win in a row, improving their record to 14-12 and 8-7 in the A-10. Xavier drops to 17-9 and 8-7 in the league.
Lee and Jalloh had 18 points apiece and between them, shot 14-for-16 from the foul line.
Rob Ferguson led the way in the first half, making four of his first five shots to help the Hawks build up a 29-19 lead. Xavier made a run late in the first half to cut the deficit to 31-28 at halftime.
The Musketeers trailed by four points, 45-41, early in the second half, but consecutive 3-pointers by Chet Stachitas and Lee put SJU back up by 10 points with 8:50 to go.
Xavier would cut the lead to five points with under one minute to go, but the Hawks put the Musketeers away from the free throw line, going 7-for-8 in the game's final minute.
Lee, who shot 5-for-10 in the game, turned in a stellar defensive effort, holding Xavier's Stanley Burrell to just 2-of-11 shooting and five points, well below his 14.8 scoring average.
Ferguson finished with 12 points and seven rebounds, while Stachitas hit for 10 points. "This win was predicated on defense, especially because we shot 38 percent, missed about a half dozen layups and had more turnovers (11) than assists (10). It was defense, defense, defense," said SJU coach Phil Martelli.
"Dwayne Lee is a player most people won't notice. But he guarded Stanley Burrell, who I think is an All-League player. And to hold him to 2-for-11 shooting is really commendable," said the coach.
SJU closes out the regular season on Saturday at Duquesne.