Nov. 16, 2010
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Saint Joseph's men's basketball team fought back from a double-digit halftime deficit, closing to within six with five minutes remaining, but it wasn't enough as the Hawks fell to Penn State, 66-57, on Tuesday night at the Bryce Jordan Center. Senior forward Idris Hilliard led the way for SJU, scoring 13 points, while freshman guard Langston Galloway added 11 points and nine rebounds.
Freshman C.J. Aiken (12) and sophomore Carl Jones (10) were also in double figures for the Hawks. Jeff Brooks led the Nittany Lions with 18 points and nine boards while Talor Battle chipped in with 15 points.
Neither team shot well from the floor, as Penn State (2-0) was 20-of-55 (36.4%) from the field, converting one more field goal in as many tries as Saint Joseph's (0-2). The Hawks were 19-of-55 (34.5%) overall but outshot PSU from long range, shooting 4-of-21 from outside while holding the hosts to a single three-pointer by David Jackson to start the game.
The Hawks led by as many as four early, taking an 11-7 lead on a free throw by Jones with 14:35 to go in the first half. The Nittany Lions went on a 10-4 spurt to push ahead, 17-15, before Jones equalized with a layup at 4:50.
Penn State dominated the rest of the period, closing the half on a 13-2 run to take a 30-19 advantage into the locker room. SJU was 1-of-10 from three-point range during the first half and shot just 20% overall.
The teams essentially traded baskets in the second half, with neither squad scoring more than five points in a row. Saint Joseph's managed to claw back within seven on a Todd O'Brien dunk with 5:39 to go, and Jones' three-pointer with 5:01 to play cut the PSU margin to six at 51-45, but the Nittany Lions converted 9-of-14 free throws over the last 3:41 to salt away the victory.
The Hawks are back in action on Saturday afternoon with a 4:00 p.m. tip against Norfolk State at Hagan Arena. It is SJU's first game in the Philly Hoop Group Classic; the Hawks will later face Fairfield and Rutgers over the following seven days.
Audio and video of Saturday's game can been seen at www.sjuhawks.com.