PHILADELPHIA - Pat Carroll scored a game-high 20 points shooting 4-for-7 from three-point range to lead Saint Joseph's to a 60-52 win over Rhode Island in an Atlantic 10 matchup at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse, giving the Hawks' their second win in a row. SJU improves to 5-6 and 2-0 in the Atlantic 10.
The Hawks broke open the game in the second half with a few spurts. Owning a 40-36 lead with 9:20 to play, SJU outscored the Rams, 12-5, led by two three-pointers from Carroll to take a 52-41 lead with 4:23 remaining.
Saint Joseph's took its biggest lead, 56-43, with 2:33 to go, but the Rams went on a 9-2 run to close to within 58-52 on a three-pointer by Tyrese Sullivan with :23 remaining. Carroll sealed the with with 22 seconds to go
Both teams struggled through a turnover-plagued first half, with 10 for each side, and the Hawks didn't score a two-point field goal until less than three minutes to play in the half. urvived an 8\-minute stretch without a field goal in the first half and getting outrebounded 42-27 to win two straight games for only the second time this yeaSJU hit five 3-pointers in the first 20 minutes and held onto a 25-23 lead at the intermission.
"In the second half we had much better rhythm. I have to attribute that to the older guys like John Bryant, who got us settled in," said Hawk coach Phil Martelli. "I can't say enough about Dwayne Lee today. He played with some kind of concepts in mind. He knew our calls and ran our defense as well. We were looking for directon on the floor and needed that from our point guard. He gave us great defensive energy and got people involved in the game."
Terrence Mack led Rhode Island with 18 points on 7-for-12 shooting while Will Daniels had 11 points. Marcel Momplaisir had a game-high 10 boards as the Rams dominated the Hawks in rebounding, 42-27.
Saint Joseph's returns to action Wednesday, January 12, hosting Massachusetts at 8 p.m.