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Saint Joseph's Drops 86-81 Decision To Rhode Island
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  01/13/2007
Post Game Press Conference

Jan. 13, 2007

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) -Will Daniels scored 21 points and hit 11-of-12 free throws while Keith Cothran added 17 to lead Rhode Island past Saint Joseph's 86-81 on Saturday.

Jimmy Baron added 14 points and Joe Mbang had 10 for the Rams (10-8, 3-1 Atlantic 10), who won their second game in a row.

They also won for the first time in Philadelphia since a 73-67 victory in 1998-99. Rhode Island had lost 11 of its last 13 games against Saint Joseph's.

Ahmad Nivins tied his career-high with 28 points to go along with 11 rebounds for the Hawks. Pat Calathes added career-highs of 20 points and 11 rebounds for Saint Joseph's (10-6, 3-1), which had its four-game winning streak snapped.

Darrin Govens contributed 17 points and Rob Ferguson had 11 for Saint Joseph's.

Rhode Island shot 53 percent from the field in the first half and jumped out to a 46-31 lead at halftime.

Saint Joseph's coach Phil Martelli remained at half-court after halftime to argue with the officials and was assessed a technical foul. Baron hit both free throws before the second half started for a 48-31 advantage.

The Hawks scored the first seven points of the second half to cut the lead to 48-38 before the Rams responded with a 12-5 run for a 60-43 advantage with 11:47 remaining.

Saint Joseph's made a late push and got within two points, 83-81, on a basket by Calathes with 49.7 seconds left, before falling short.