March 8, 2006
CINCINNATI (AP) - Guard Abdulai Jalloh scored 18 of his game-high 24 points in the second half Wednesday, helping Saint Joseph's hold off Dayton for a 67-55 victory in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Tournament.
Rob Ferguson scored 16 points and Chet Stachitas added 12 points for the Hawks (16-12), who will take a six-game winning streak into their quarterfinal game against No. 4 seed Saint Louis on Thursday. Stachitas played his 125th game in a Hawk uniform to tie the school record previously held by Hawk great Jameer Nelson.
Jalloh went 13-of-14 on free throws, and also had a team-high eight rebounds.
Monty Scott led Dayton (14-17) with 13 points, and guard Warren Williams added 12 points. Guard Brian Roberts, the Flyers' leading scorer, was held to 2-of-14 shooting and finished with 11 points.
The Flyers lost three of their last four games overall.
The Hawks never trailed after Dwayne Lee made his only 3-pointer to give them a 7-5 lead with 15:14 left in the first half. Ferguson, who averages 10.2 points per game, scored 10 in the first half to help Saint Joseph's lead by as many as 14 points, 31-17. Dayton closed the half with 7-0 run to leave the Hawks with a 31-24 halftime lead.
The Flyers cut the lead to 42-41 with 12:02 left in the game, but Jalloh scored the Hawks' next five points to blunt the comeback. Dayton went 12-of-21 from the free throw line, making it difficult to catch up."I wasn't real pleased offensively, because we had just eight field goals in the second half. But defensively, against a team that runs a lot of stuff, I thought we only had two or three breakdowns where we allowed them to get some buckets," said SJU coach Phil Martelli.
The turning point was when were holding two, and we got two steals out of our matchup zone. Dwayne Lee got a breakaway layup and Abdulai Jalloh got the same to put us up six. It was tenuous and that kind of got our feet back underneath us," said Martelli. "So I was pleased with the fact that we were able to turn them over a few times. We're not a defense that turns you over, we're a defense that defends you and will make you take hard shots."