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Nivins, Carr Lead Men's Basketball Over Ball State, 63-55
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  01/03/2009

Jan. 3, 2009

MUNCIE, IND. - Ahmad Nivins had 19 points and Tasheed Carr scored 18 as Saint Joseph's (6-7) defeated Ball State (6-7), 63-55, in non-league action at Worthen Arena, to end a two-game losing streak.

The Hawks fell behind early, as Ball State took a 20-11 lead with over 10 minutes to play in the first half. But Carr hit a 3-pointer at 10:01 and proceeded to score a total of 12 of his 14 first-half points in a 14-8 Saint Joseph's run that gave the Hawks the 28-20 lead at halftime.

SJU maintained the lead throughout the second half, as Nivins got on track and made 5-of-7 from the field and scored 12 points in the second half alone. The Hawks led by as much as 58-44 with 1:35 to play.

Despite the double-digit deficit, Anthony Newell kept Ball State in the game, hitting two 3-pointers and scoring nine points in an 8-2 Cardinal run which cut the SJU lead to 60-55 at :33. But Carr was perfect from the line in the final minute and hit two with :30 to play, while Nivins made one free throw at :13 to seal the win.

Saint Joseph's shot 46 percent from the field but was outrebounded by the home team, 38-29, despite eight boards from Nivins. The Hawks limited their turnovers to 10, committing just three in the second half.

"I don't think either team played particularly well but we happened to be a little bit older than them. We have to get back to practice and get a whole heckuva lot better in every aspect - mentally, physically and emotionally," said SJU coach Phil Martelli.

Darrin Govens had 11 points for the Hawks who now have a six-day break before opening the Atlantic 10 Conference slate by hosting Rhode Island on January 10.