March 19, 2005
Pat Carroll scored 26 points to lead Saint Joseph's to a 55-50 victory over Buffalo in the first round of the NIT on Saturday night in front of a loud and boisterous standing-room only crowd at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse. SJU will face Holy Cross in the second round Monday night at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse at 7 p.m. The game will be televised nationally by ESPN2
The victory was Saint Joseph's coach Phil Martelli's 200th career win in 10 seasons. It was also Martelli's 13th career postseason win, moving him past Hall of Famer Dr. Jack Ramsay in that category.
Dwayne Jones had 10 points and tied his career-high with 16 rebounds, while posting four blocked shots.
Carroll finished 10-for-18 from the floor and 4-for-9 from 3-point range for the Hawks (21-11).
SJU maintained control through the first half, and led 23-15 at halftime.
The Hawks didn't trail until late in the second half, when Buffalo went on a 6-0 run to take a 38-37 lead with 5:49 left.
After a steal and layup by Dwayne Lee, Buffalo's Mark Bortz slammed an alley oop to give UB the lead again. After another dunk by Bortz, Carroll connected on a key 3-pointer to give the Hawks a 43-42 lead.
After two foul shots from Jones and a jumper by Carroll, the Hawks held a five-point lead. UB cut the deficit to 47-44 at 1:49, but Carroll again hit a baseline jumper and the Hawks finished it out at the foul line.
"This building with these fans lends to the intensity. The fans have done a great job of supporting us and letting the players know they have their backs," said Martelli. "Our team really values this opportunity to keep playing."