Jan. 16, 2010
OLEAN, N.Y. - Chris Matthews' 3-pointer with 2:02 to play became the decisive basket as St. Bonaventure upended Saint Joseph's, 68-65, in Atlantic 10 action at the Reilly Center. The loss ended SJU's 15-game winning streak against the Bonnies, on a night in which they celebrated the 40th anniversary of their NCAA Final Four team.
Saint Joseph's drops to 5-11 and 1-3 in the A-10, while SBU is now 8-8 and 1-2 in the league.
The Hawks held a 37-28 lead at halftime, but allowed the Bonnies back into the game, as SBU opened the second half with a 10-1 run to tie it, 38-38, at the 16:19 mark.
Saint Joseph's fell behind by 10 points, 63-53, at 6:58 on a jumper by Michael Davenport, but Darrin Govens started the Hawk comeback, hitting a 3-pointer at 6:46. The Hawks would go on an 11-0 run, ending with a dunk by Todd O'Brien at 3:42 which gave SJU a 64-63 lead. That set the stage for Matthews' shot, his only three of the night, which put the Bonnies ahead for good.
"We came back from 10 behind to talk the lead, but Matthews made that three on a defensive mistake," said Saint Joseph's head coach Phil Martelli.
The Hawks missed two baskets and chances to tie with under 1:54 to play, while SBU missed a 3-pointer at 1:05 that would've put the game out of reach.
SJU cut it to 66-65 as Govens made the second of two free throws at :09, and Malcolm Eleby made two free throws at :08 to give SBU the three-point cushion. The Hawks' last chance, a 3-point attempt by Garrett Williamson, was off the mark with :02 to play.
Govens finished with 15 points for SJU while Williamson had 12. Idris Hilliard scored all of his 12 points in the first half, while O'Brien also chipped in 11 points. O'Brien and Hilliard led SJU in rebounding with seven each, as the Hawks were outrebounded, 32-31, for the 15th time this year.
The Hawks shot 50 percent in the first half, but just 30.8 percent in the second half, while being outscored by the Bonnies, 40-28.
Saint Joseph's has a quick turnaround and will host Towson in non-conference action on Monday evening at Hagan Arena (7 p.m.)