Dec. 31, 2010
PHILADELPHIA - Carl Jones scored 17 points to lead four Hawks in double figures as Saint Joseph's (5-8) held off Siena, 58-48, in a New Year's Eve game at Hagan Arena. It was SJU's second win in a row and just its first home game since December 8.
The Hawks held a 27-23 lead at halftime, but saw Siena go on a quick 6-0 run to take a 34-33 lead with 14:37 to play. But Saint Joseph's would outscore the Saints 10-2, paced by five points from Galloway, to regain the lead, 43-36 at 11:08.
A 3-pointer by Siena's Rakeem Brookins, a Philadelphia native, pulled the visitors within 43-41 at 8:22. Saint Joseph's answered with a 5-0 run, ending with a tip-in by Aiken, to give the Hawks a 48-41 edge. Aiken would then register two more points and two blocks on consecutive possessions to help SJU maintain the 50-43 lead.
The home team converted 6-of-8 free throws in the final 37 seconds to preserve the win, despite shooting 36.2 percent from the field and 22.7 percent from 3-point range (5-of-22). SJU committed a season-low five turnovers in the contest.
"Defensively we did a lot of good things. We made a switch to Ronald Roberts who was very active and C.J. was very active as well. His presence had an impact," said Hawk coach Phil Martelli.
Ryan Rossiter had 10 points and a game-high 15 rebounds for Siena (4-8), with Brookins adding 12 points.
Saint Joseph's remains at home for the next two games as it opens Atlantic 10 Conference play on Wednesday, hosting Duquesne.