Nov. 25, 2008
LAHAINA, HAWAII - Darrin Govens hit a career-high seven three-pointers, and scored 23 points, as Saint Joseph's defeated Indiana, 80-54, in the second round of the 2008 EA Sports Maui Invitational at the Lahaina Civic Center.
Ahmad Nivins added 18 points and eight rebounds while Garrett Williamson had 11 points and a career-high nine assists. Govens finished the game going 8-for-10 from the field, with 7-of-9 three-pointers. Tasheed Carr also added 10 points and five assists.
The Hawks showed no effects of the early starting time - 8:30 a.m. - especially Govens, who hit his first six shots, with five of them being three-pointers. The Hawks held a 34-29 lead at intermission after a back-and-forth first half which saw five lead changes and five ties.
After Indiana closed to within 34-33 at the start of the second, the Hoosiers began to turn the ball over, and had six turnovers in the first five minutes. SJU took advantage and gained a 41-33 lead off a three by Govens and back-to-back dunks by Tasheed Carr and Williamson. Govens missed his first shot early in the second half, on his seventh 3-point attempt. SJU opened a 49-33 lead at 15:08 after consecutive baskets by Carr and the Hawks would continue the 25-3 run to build up a 59-39 lead at 11:28, helped by seven points from Nivins.
The Hawks had their best effort from behind the arc of the season, hitting 56.3 percent of their three-point attempts (9-16).
Saint Joseph's will play Alabama in the fifth-place game on Wednesday at 2 p.m. Eastern time (9 a.m. Hawaii time). The game will be televised on ESPN2. Click here for Game Notes.