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Hawks Victorious In Season Opener
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  11/18/2005

Nov. 18, 2005

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Abdulai Jalloh scored 16 of his career-high 18 points in the first half and Chet Stachitas added 15 points, leading Saint Joseph's to a 70-47 victory over Lafayette in the season opener for both teams on Friday.

Jalloh also contributed five rebounds, five steals and four assists while helping the Hawks cruise to a 41-18 lead at halftime.

Their lead swelled to 52-18 less than three minutes into the second half on three consecutive 3-pointers - two by Stachitas and one by Rob Ferguson - as well as a 15-foot jump shot by Stachitas.

Saint Joseph's took advantage of the undersized Leopards by outrebounding them 44-19. The Hawks also swept 20 offensive rebounds, which led to second and third shots on numerous possessions.

Saint Joseph's, which finished 24-12 and lost in the championship game of the NIT last season, began this season at home for the first time since 1999.

Pat Betley, Bilal Abdullah, Paul Cummins and Andrew Brown scored nine points each for Lafayette.

The game was a homecoming of sorts for Lafayette coach Fran O'Hanlon, who graduated from Villanova in 1970 and was an assistant coach at Penn from 1989-95.