stop
Men's Basketball Defeats Penn, 80-68, for Sixth Straight Win
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  01/24/2009

Jan. 24, 2009

Box Score

PHILADELPHIA (AP)-- Ahmad Nivins had 20 points and 17 rebounds to lead Saint Joseph's to an 80-68 victory over city rival Penn on Saturday night.

Darrin Govens matched Nivins with 20 points for the Hawks (11-7), who won their sixth straight. Tasheed Carr scored 15 and Garrett Williamson 11 for Saint Joseph's, which has won four straight against Penn and eight of the last 10.

Tyler Bernardini scored 15 points and led four Quakers in double figures. Jack Eggleston scored 14 points, and Brennan Votel and Harrison Gaines each had 12 for Penn (4-10).

Penn led 60-59 with 7:37 left in the game before Govens hit an 18-foot jumper that started a decisive 14-2 run for the Hawks. A layup by Garrett Williamson with 3:29 left capped the outburst that gave Saint Joseph's a 73-62 advantage.

The Quakers led by as many as 16 points in the first half, but lost their fourth straight Big 5 game.

Penn hit 10 of its first 17 shots on the way to a 24-8 lead with 10:30 left in the first half. But the Hawks, who missed nine of their first 12 field goals, scored 21 of the next 24 points to take a 29-27 lead with 4:24 left in the opening half.

The Hawks led 37-34 at the break. Penn fell to 0-10 this season when trailing at the half.

Nivins, who had his 11th double-double of the season, opened the second half with a dunk and 6-foot jumper, and the Hawks scored 13 of the first 20 points in the half to lead 50-41 with 15:16 remaining.

Penn, helped by consecutive 3-pointers by Kevin Egee, scored 17 of the next 26 to take a one-point lead with 7:37 left, but failed to hang on.