Feb. 1, 2007
PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's (12-9; 4-4 A-10) couldn't hold on to its late lead and Saint Louis (14-8; 4-4) defeated the Hawks, 73-62, in a nationally-televised contest from Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse.
The Billikens' Tommie Liddell scored 21 points, with 10 consecutive down the stretch.
The game saw 18 lead changes and Saint Joseph's took a 60-58 lead on a 3-pointer by Calathes with 5:59 remaining. But the Hawks would only score two more points the rest of the way on 11 possessions. Liddell hit three straight jumpers, a layup and two free throws to seal the win.
The Hawks were outscored, 40-24, in the second half, while committing seven of their 10 turnovers in that period.
"I thought it was careless basketball at both ends of the floor. Just plays that were out of nowhere offensively, we're posting the wrong guy up, turning it over in the second half. And then to give a team 52 percent (shooting). The burn inside is just missing," said Hawk head coach Phil Martelli, who is currently tied with Jack Ramsay with 234 career victories.
"I don't think we really imposed our will at any time during the game. I think we were just out there going up and down the floor. And then without purpose at times offensively. There's no way Ahmad ends up fourth on our team in shots taken (7). It can't happen."
Calathes had eight points and nine rebounds in the first half, while sparking a 9-0 Hawks' run to give SJU a 38-31 lead with under two minutes to play. Saint Louis' Justin Johnson hit a layup right before the buzzer to pull the visitors within 38-33 at halfitime.
SLU got two quick baskets to open the second half and took its first lead, 50-49, at 10:23. Liddell's jumper at 4:05 gave the Billikens the lead for good as the visitors ran off eight straight points. SLU's largest lead of the game was the final margin.
Kevin Lisch added 19 points Saint Louis (14-8, 4-4), which shot 28-for-54 from the field (51.9%), including 7-for-10 from 3-point range.
SJU has a quick turnaround, hosting Dayton on Sunday, Feb. 4 at noon in Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse.