Jan. 27, 2007
PHILADELPHIA-Pat Calathes scored a career-high 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Ahmad Nivins had 19 points and eight rebounds as Saint Joseph's (12-8) defeated Penn (11-7), 84-74, in a Big 5 contest Saturday night at the sold-out Palestra.
It was the second double-double of the year for Calathes who has now put together back-to-back 20-plus point games. He shot 7-for-13 from the field, handed out a team-high six assists and extended his free throw streak to 21 consecutive with a 7-for-7 effort. With the win, SJU moves to 2-0 in the Big 5, while Penn is now 1-2.
Penn held a 37-36 edge at the half, which saw nine lead changes with neither team gaining more than a five-point lead. Ferguson hit a 3-pointer three minutes into the second half to give the Hawks a 44-42 advantage, and they never trailed again.
A layup by Nivins gave Saint Joseph's a 58-49 lead with 10:20 to play, before Penn rallied to within 64-57 at the 7:23 mark.
Nivins hit a layup to give the Hawks their biggest lead, 73-61, before the Quakers rallied to within 77-72 on a 3-pointer by Grandieri at the 1:50 mark, but another Nivins layup and two free throws by Calathes clinched the game for the Hawks.
The victory was the 234th for Hawk coach Phil Martelli, tying him with Hall of Famer Jack Ramsay for second most wins by a Saint Joseph's coach. The school record is 309, set by Bill Ferguson from 1928 to 1953.
Brian Grandieri led Penn with 23 points.
Saint Joseph's, which is in the midst of a six-game stretch of contests in Philadelphia, hosts Saint Louis on February 1 in a nationally-televised contest (ESPN2). Game time is 8:30 p.m. at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse.