Feb. 26, 2005
SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) - Terrence Mack scored 17 points and pulled down 10 rebounds as Rhode Island upset Saint Joseph's 65-60 on Saturday, in the Hawks' first game without injured forward John Bryant.
The Rams (5-20, 3-11 Atlantic 10) snapped a nine-game losing streak with the win and prevented Saint Joseph's from clinching the Atlantic 10 East title outright.
Pat Carroll led Saint Joseph's (15-10, 12-2) with 25 points.
The Hawks were playing their first game after losing Bryant to a broken arm after a controversial play in Tuesday's loss at Temple. But coach Phil Martelli refused to pin the loss on Bryant's injury or the fallout that followed.
"We haven't been on the road for nine games, we forgot what it takes on the road," said Martelli. "I don't think we were anywhere near men enough to win on the road in that situation."
Scott Hazelton added 14 points for Rhode Island, scoring five points in the final 1:33 as the Rams held on. J.R. Moore added 10 points for Rhode Island.
Rhode Island took a 41-38 lead on Mack's 3-pointer with 12:29 to play and led the rest of the way.
The Hawks, trailing 56-47 with 1:47 left, cut the lead to three points, 61-58, on Carroll's 3-pointer with 16 seconds left. But Hazelton and Jon Lucky sank a pair of foul shots each to seal the win.
Rhode Island held Saint Joseph's scoreless for a 5:17 stretch in the first half and took a 17-11 lead on Will Daniels' long jumper with 6:47 to play in the first half.
The Hawks led 29-27 at halftime.
Chet Stachitas was the only other Hawk in double figures, with 10 points.