Dec. 8, 2010
PHILADELPHIA - Minnesota (8-1) placed five players in double figures and fought off a second-half Saint Joseph's rally as the 22nd-ranked Gophers defeated the Hawks, 83-73, at Hagan Arena. Carl Jones scored a career-high 29 points and freshman Langston Galloway had 21 for the Hawks (3-6).
Jones scored 23 points in the second half, shooting 6-for-11 from the field. It marked his 11th consecutive game in double figures dating back to last season and the fourth time in the last five games that he has tallied 20-plus points.
Saint Joseph's missed a total of 30 shots in the opening half, shooting just 23.1 percent, to allow Minnesota to stake a 36-26 lead at halftime. Galloway led the Hawks going 4-for-9 from the field for 13 points.
The Hawks would improve their shooting in the second half, hitting 53.3 percent from the floor and 50 percent from behind the arc.
Saint Joseph's opened the second half with a 9-2 run and trailed by only 38-37 on a three-pointer from Jones at 16:36. But Minnesota didn't waste any time breaking it open again as Devoe Joseph hit a three just seven seconds later to start a 13-0 run to give the Gophers a 51-37 lead. Blake Hoffarber added two three-pointers in the spurt for Minnesota.
SJU again made a move, scoring eight straight points, with six from Ronald Roberts, including a dunk off a feed from C.J. Aiken to cut it to 59-54 with 8:11 to play. But every time the Hawks got close, the Gophers seemed to answer with three-pointers from either Joseph or Hoffarber, who each went 4-for-6 on long-range shots in the game.
Saint Joseph's pulled within 68-63 on a layup from Idris Hilliard at 4:04 and Joseph again answered with a three for Minnesota. A jumper by Rodney Williams and a pair of free throws by Austin Hollins gave the visitors a 75-65 lead with 2:06 left to put the game out of reach.
"The separation in the first half - people are going to say we missed 30 shots playing at home. To me it was pace, we didn't play with the proper pace. In the second half, I thought we played with pace offensively. We shot 53 percent because we took some plays at them and then made another pass," said SJU coach Phil Martelli.
Joseph finished with 19 points and Hoffarber had 10 for Minnesota. Trevor Mbakwe had 12 points and 16 rebounds, while Ralph Sampson III and Maurice Walker scored 10 apiece.
The Hawks go on the road again to face Creighton (4-4) on Saturday, December 11, before taking a break for final exams.