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Men's Basketball Wins Third Straight, Defeating Penn, 85-64
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  01/25/2010

Jan. 25, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - Darrin Govens had 17 points and Carl Jones had 16 off the bench as Saint Joseph's defeated Penn, 85-64, in a Big 5 game at The Palestra. It was the Hawks' third straight win, tying their longest winning streak of the year. SJU improves its record to 8-11 (1-1 Big 5) while Penn falls to 1-13 (0-4).

The Hawks led from the start and after Penn tied the score at 27-27 with 5:34 remaining in the first half, SJU went on a 12-1 run to take control and own a 40-27 lead at halftime. Todd O'Brien had four points in the run while Idris Hilliard paced the Hawks with 12 points in the half.

Saint Joseph's outscored Penn, 11-3, in the first four minutes of the second half, as a dunk by Garrett Williamson gave SJU a 51-30 lead.

The Hawks used its best 3-point shooting in a number of games, hitting 6-of-10 long range shots in the second half. Jones found his stroke, hitting three 3-pointers in a row to put SJU ahead, 68-40. Chris Prescott followed with a three at 9:39 to give Saint Joseph's a 71-40 lead. SJU took its biggest lead, 81-64, with under seven minutes to play.

The Hawk defense forced 27 Penn turnovers, while junior reserve Charoy Bentley was credited with shutting down Penn's leading scorer Zack Rosen, who had eight points, but took just two shots.

"I thought his (Bentley) minutes in the first half had real significance. We only had one day to prepare for what they run so we decided to focus everything on Rosen," said SJU coach Phil Martelli. "To come out of that game with him only taking two shots was significant. It was the defensive end that made the difference and allowed us to get some run outs and then at the start of the second half we started to get some separation.

SJU was outrebounded for the 18th time this year as the Quakers held a 36-32 edge on the boards.

Govens had six rebounds and four assists while Jones connected on 4-of-6 3-pointers. Hilliard finished with 12 points while Williamson handed out five assists.

Penn was led by 14 points from Conor Turley and 10 from Jack Eggleston.

Saint Joseph's returns to A-10 play when it hosts Massachusetts on Wednesday at Hagan Arena.