Jan. 3, 2007
PHILADELPHIA - Rob Ferguson scored 17 of his career-high 22 points in the first half as Saint Joseph's (8-5; 1-0) dominated Duquesne (4-8; 0-1), 89-41, in the Atlantic 10 opener for both teams at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse.
Ferguson made seven of his first eight shots from the field as the Hawks stormed out to a 21-6 lead in the first 10 minutes. The junior tied his career-high in both points (22) and rebounds (8).
Leading 8-6 in the early going, Saint Joseph's took advantage of 16 consecutive missed field goals by Duquesne, as the visitors did not score another basket until the 6:48 mark of the half. By that time, the Hawks owned a 23-9 lead, en route to a 41-12 halftime margin.
The game was more of the same in the second half as Saint Joseph's went on a 16-6 run in the first five minutes, while shooting 61.3 percent from the field in the final 20 minutes.
"I'm proudest of the fact that when we got them, we really did stomp, and that has not been a characteristic of this team. We just kept going and I'm really, really pleased with that. We had 13 assists on 17 baskets to start the game and we ended up with 28 assists on 36 baskets. Every night won't be like this but that was a good way to start the New Year and league play," said SJU coach Phil Martelli.
The Hawks had their best assist to turnover ratio of the year with a season-high 28 assists to a low of nine turnovers. SJU forced 18 Duquesne turnovers.
It was Saint Joseph's largest winning margin since January 24, 2004, when the Hawks won at St. Bonaventure by a 114-63 score.
The Hawks go on the road to visit Charlotte on Sunday, January 7.