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Hawks Fall Short in A-10 Title Bid, 76-67 to George Washington
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  03/12/2005

March 12, 2005

Box Score

Saint Joseph's fell short in its bid for the Atlantic 10 title, despite another solid performance from Pat Carroll, as George Washington won the championship, 76-67, at U.S. Bank Arena. Carroll had 25 points and was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Championship.

Saint Joseph's, now 19-11, will await its postseason fate on Sunday evening.

Dwayne Jones joined Carroll on the All-Tournament team.

Despite shooting just 24.1 percent in the first half, the Hawks trailed by only 22-20 at halftime.

The Hawks came out strong in the second half. After going 0-for-7 in the first half, Chet Stachitas hit six straight shots. Carroll also heated up and the Hawks built their lead to 44-37 with 10:22 to play.

GW then went on a 7-0 spurt to tie the game and eventually outscored the Hawks, 21-5, to take a 49-58 lead with 3:29 to play.

Saint Joseph's would cut the deficit to 62-57 with 1:34 to go, but could not come any closer.

"They have tremendous quickness, a lot of balance," coach Phil Martelli said. "And I think their balance did us in with 8 minutes left. Our defense let down and with their quickness, they were able to exploit it."

Stachitas finished with 17 points and Jones had his 16th double-double of the year with 13 points and 15 rebounds.

One of the worst free throw shooting teams in the nation, the Hawks went a season-best 14-for-14 from the foul line.

"We ended up 16-5 in our last 21 games," Carroll said. "That speaks a lot to the coaching staff getting players to believe we were a good team when we started 3-6. The coaches turned our attitude and we started believing in ourselves."