Nov. 9, 2006
PHILADELHPIA - Rob Ferguson scored 16 points to lead four players in double figures as Saint Joseph's defeated Widener, 71-55, in a men's basketball exhibition game at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse. Ahmad Nivins added 13 points, Pat Calathes had 10 points and a game-high 11 rebounds, and freshman D.J. Rivera netted 11 points.
The Hawks dominated play inside, outscoring Widener, 45-18, in points in the paint. Nivins shot 6-for-9 from the field while Ferguson made 7-of-13 shots. SJU also outrebounded the Pride, 43-28.
SJU took a quick 14-7 lead, but Widener's Terry Smith scored four straight, to bring the visitors to within 14-13. The Hawks never lost the lead and eventually increased it to 26-16 at the six-minute mark, leading by as much as 15 points late in the half, while owning a 38-26 lead at halftime.
Saint Joseph's struggled from the perimeter, converting just one 3-point attempt in 12 tries in the first half, and going 3-for-21 in the game.
The Hawks maintained the double-digit lead for most of the second half, paced by a 58.3 shooting percentage. Widener cut the deficit to 61-53 with 5:13 to play on a 3-pointer by Bobby Edmunds, but consecutive baskets by Nivins, Rivera and Ferguson gave SJU a 67-53 cushion with over two minutes to play.
Essien Ford led Widener with 19 points, with Malcolm Thomas chipping in 14.
Saint Joseph's opens the 2006-07 season on Tuesday, November 14, when it hosts Fairfield at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse. Game time is 7 p.m.