Feb. 4, 2006
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Rob Ferguson scored a career-high 22 points as Saint Joseph's led wire-to-wire in an 82-51 win over St. Bonaventure on Saturday at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse.
Abdulai Jalloh added 18 points and equaled a career-best with nine rebounds for the Hawks (10-9, 4-5 Atlantic 10). Paul Williams led St. Bonaventure (6-14, 0-9) with 10 points, as the Bonnies lost their 14th straight conference game.
Saint Joseph's broke the game open midway through the first half with a 13-0 run that culminated in a Dwayne Lee 3-pointer with 4:05 to go before intermission. It was part of a 23-4 burst that gave the Hawks a 39-19 halftime lead.
Ferguson shot 9-for-13 from the field while grabbing seven rebounds.
"Rob (Ferguson) knows that I expect him to be a double-figure scorer. I was pleased with his assertiveness. We hit a bit of a lull against their zone and he stepped out and hit a three in front of their bench. He has a really nice offensive game. It's confidence that he lacks," said SJU coach Phil Martelli.
In his first start, Saint Joseph's freshman center Alvin Mofunanya set a career-high with 13 points, as the Hawks defeated St. Bonaventure for the 11th straight time.
St. Bonaventure found itself out of this one early, as the Bonnies shot just 6-for-22 and committed 12 turnovers in the first half.
"I was most pleased with the defense. We did a good job both in our matchup zone and our man-to-man. There were a few breakdowns in the second half, a couple of threes, that should've never happened. But overall the defense was to a very high level," said Martelli.
"I liked the pace. The decision making isn't always great, but certainly the pace was good," continued Martelli. "The foul shooting has to be better (66.7%), especially with the games we have coming up. And I'm not pleased about the number of turnovers (11). We've still got work to do."
Looming ahead for the Hawks is a date with fourth-ranked Villanova on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at the Palestra. The game will be televised on ESPN2 as part of the network's "Rivalry Week". Events surrounding the game will also mark the first-ever Big 5 game played by the two schools 50 years ago.