Nov. 30, 2009
LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. - Five Saint Joseph's players scored in double figures, led by junior Idris Hilliard's 13 points, but it wasn't enough as the Hawks fell to Rider, 81-73, before a sellout crowd at Alumni Gymnasium on Monday night. SJU evens its record to 3-3 while Rider improves to 5-3.
Freshman Justin Crosgile scored 12 points in his Hawk debut after missing the first five games recovering from hand surgery. Garrett Williamson scored 11 points despite playing just 22 minutes because of foul trouble. Darrin Govens and Bryant Irwin chipped in 10 points each.
Govens surpassed the 1,000-point mark for his career as he needed 70 at the start of this season. He becomes the 48th player in Hawk history to reach the plateau.
The fast-paced game featured 10 lead changes, with eight in the second half.
Both teams shot over 50 percent in the first half and although Rider led, 25-18, the Hawks fought back to tie it at 25-25, on a layup by Crosgile. A 3-pointer by Darrin Govens gave SJU the 37-31 lead with 3:49 to play, but Rider closed out the half with a 12-3 run to own a 43-40 lead at halftime.
Both teams' shooting percentages dipped in the second half (Rider 37.5%, SJU 34.4%). Rider had a 54-48 lead but SJU countered with a 12-0 run to take a 60-54 edge. Rider quickly came back with a 10-2 run of its own to go up, 64-60, with 6:44 to play. Back to back points in the paint by Mike Ringold and Jhamar Youngblood gave the Broncs a 72-64 lead with 1:45 to play. The Hawks were forced to foul and put the Broncs on the line the rest of the way and came as close as 75-71 on a 3-pointer by Carl Jones at :35. Rider closed out the contest going 6-for-6 from the foul line in the final 28 seconds to seal the win.
"Defense has to become more of a pride issue, rather than allowing guys to just take us where they want," said Hawk coach Phil Martelli.
Justin Robinson led all scorers with 21 points for Rider, while Youngblood and Ringhold added 16 each.
Saint Joseph's has struggled with rebounding thus far this season, and Rider dominated the Hawks on the boards, 44-32, which included 17 offensive rebounds.
SJU, which has lost three in a row, will look to get back on the winning track on Sunday, Dec. 6 at Cornell.