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Saint Joseph's Edges Rhode Island, 57-55
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  02/18/2006

Feb. 18, 2006

Box Score

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) - Abdulai Jalloh had 10 points, including the eventual game-winning basket with about two minutes to play, to lift Saint Joseph's to a 57-55 win over Rhode Island on Saturday.

Rob Ferguson and Dwayne Lee each finished with 11 points for the Hawks (11-12, 5-7 Atlantic 10), while Jalloh, Chet Stachitas and Dave Mallon each scored 10 to give the Hawks five players in double figures for the first time this season.

Saint Joseph's outscored the Rams (12-11, 6-6) 7-3 in the final four minutes.

Ferguson gave the Hawks a 55-52 lead with a 3-pointer with three minutes remaining.

Dawan Robinson answered with a short jumper to make the score 55-54 with 2:40 left.

Jalloh made his basket to make it 57-54 with 2:05 left. Rhode Island pulled within 57-55 on a free throw by Jamaal Wise with 49 seconds left.

Saint Joseph's turned the ball over with 17 seconds to play, but Robinson missed a jumper that would have tied the game with five seconds left.

"Our defensive effort was outstanding as was our effort on the glass. They live on the glass, so to hold them to seven offensive rebounds was the key," said Hawks' coach Phil Martelli. "All year our guys have paid attention to the defensive game plan and that's enabled us, because we are limited on offense."

Wise led the Rams with 12 points and 11 rebounds and Robinson finished with 11 points.

Rhode Island got to the foul line 19 times in the second half, but missed seven.

The Hawks return home on Wednesday to play back-to-back games in Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse for the first time all season. SJU will host Fordham on Feb. 22 and Richmond on Feb. 25 in the final home games of the regular season.