Jan. 25, 2006
Chet Stachitas added 11 points for the Hawks (8-8, 3-4), who have won two straight.
Saint Joseph's suffocated the Billikens defensively, as Saint Louis made just 12-of-42 shots (28.6 percent). Ian Vouyoukas, who entered the game as the Billikens' leading scorer with a 14.4 point average, did not hit a shot until 2:27 remained and was held to five points.
The 39 points were the fewest for Saint Louis since Jan. 5, 2000, when the Billikens lost 56-38 to Marquette.
Tommie Liddell led Saint Louis (9-9, 3-3) with 15 points as the Billikens continued their season-long pattern of following a win with a loss.
Saint Joseph's scored 11 of the last 13 points to end the first half, then picked up right where it left off by scoring the first 10 points of the second half to take a 44-19 lead. Lee fueled that 10-0 run with six points.
Meanwhile, Saint Louis was having trouble scoring at all. The Billikens' went more than 12 minutes without scoring until Liddell made a runner with 14:02 left, drawing a loud, sarcastic cheer from the crowd.
The two schools had never met before Wednesday, but Saint Joseph's looked right at home at the Savvis Center, as the Hawks hit their first seven shots and took a 17-6 advantage. The Billikens began to chip away after that, with Luke Meyer cutting the deficit to six at 23-17 with 8:05 left in the half when he scored five straight points.
But the Billikens would only score two more points the rest of the half, as the Hawks went on an 11-2 run to take a 34-19 lead into the intermission.
Despite the strong first half, Saint Joseph's scored just 20 points in the second half.
"Certainly the start of the game enabled us to dictate that whole first half. The second half was an exercise in futility for both teams, very poorly played, and that's what lingers with you," said Hawk coach Phil Martelli. "I'm really disappointed in the play in the second half, particularly on the offensive end of the floor. Defensively I'll take it, but offensively, with eight assists and 16 turnovers, it's not a game they'll want at the Hall of Fame, I'm sure."
Saint Joseph's visits Pennsylvania on Saturday evening, Jan. 28, at the Palestra.