Jan. 23, 2010
PHILADELPHIA - Garrett Williamson had a key block in the final seconds and scored a team-high 15 points to lead Saint Joseph's (7-11; 2-3 A-10) to a 60-59 victory over Dayton (14-5; 3-2) in Atlantic 10 action at sold-out Hagan Arena. It is SJU's second win in a row.
With the Hawks clinging to the one-point lead, Williamson blocked a driving layup by the Flyers' Rob Lowery with :04 to play to preserve the win, which is SJU's second in a row. Williamson also had two free throws at :43 to give the Hawks a 60-55 lead.
Saint Joseph's led 54-45 with 5:25 to play, but Dayton stayed in the game as Lowery hit a 3-point at 4:28. A layup by Chris Wright cut the Hawk lead to 54-50, but then Williamson broke free for a fastbreak dunk, off a pass from fellow senior Darrin Govens, to give the Hawks the 56-50 edge at 3:34.
Wright, who scored a game-high 28 points, hit two free throws to pull Dayton within 56-52, but Govens scored on a tip-in at 1:28 to increase the Hawks' lead to 58-52. Mickey Perry hit a long-range 3-pointer at 1:14 to pull Dayton within 58-55, but Williamson's free throws gave the Hawks a 60-55 cushio. Wright had a tip-in at :35 and then a layup at :15 to cut SJU's lead to 60-59. After a missed Hawks' free throw at :14, Dayton had its last chance but Williamson came up with the block to preserve the win.
"Basketball is a numeric game. If they hold you under 60, they beat you, but we got to 60 and we happened to have one more then they had. It was a good fight against a team that is an elite team and not just in this league, but an elite team in the country," said SJU coach Phil Martelli.
"This is a very difficult building (for opponents) and we play better in this building than anywhere else," said the coach. "But to get a win and shoot 39 percent and not have a way offensively, that's a good fight. That's a good step forward for this group and I'm happy for that. And every one of them gave something."
"I think Garrett is a winner. Unfortunately it doesn't bear out this year with our record but Garrett Williamson plays winning basketball. It's the reason he has the most minutes, it's the reason his teammates voted him captain. I actually compared him the other day to Dmitri Domani (I think one of the great team players that I ever had) on the A-10 championship team in 1997 and Dimitri just did everything that was necessary and that's what Garrett does," said Martelli.
The Hawks have a quick turnaround, taking on Penn at The Palestra on Monday night in a Big 5 clash.