Feb. 4, 2008
The streaking Hawks (15-5) won their sixth straight game and handed Villanova its first Big 5 loss since December 2004. The Wildcats (13-8) had won their last 14 city series games.
Scottie Reynolds led Villanova with 12 points.
Up next for the Hawks are two road games, including Sunday at No. 13 Xavier, where a win would strengthen their quest to become the team to beat in the Atlantic 10.
Darrin Govens hit four 3-pointers and scored 16 points for the Hawks.
The city series rivalry at the famed Palestra counted as a home game for the Hawks, and students were lined up outside the famed basketball arena more than four hours before tip. Fans stuffed the aisles and Villanova opened the game shooting into a crimson backdrop of SJU student supporters.
Once the Hawks got rolling, the pro-SJU crowd was rocking.
The Hawks went on a 23-4 run late in the first half that got the blowout started. Govens jump-started the run with a 3-pointer and the Hawks added to the lead with a string of free throws. Ferguson sank a 3 that made it 35-20 heading into a Villanova timeout. The raucous chant of "Let's Go Saint Joe's!" was the only sound heard inside the arena. When the Hawks came out of the break, Calathes hit a 3 that seemingly ended the game.
While the Wildcats don't have a senior on their roster, the Hawks have two 1,000-point scorers in Calathes and Ferguson.
Few teams could have stopped the Hawks, who received votes in The Associated Press college basketball poll, at the stuffed and steamy Palestra. Ferguson hit consecutive 3s early in the second for a 56-29 lead. Calathes scored on a driving layup late in the half for a 75-44 lead, Saint Joe's largest of the game.