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Hawks Held Back by Saint Louis, 64-55
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  02/28/2008

Feb. 28, 2008

Box Score

PHILADELPHIA- Saint Louis (16-12, 7-7) shut down Saint Joseph's (16-12; 7-7), 64-55, at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse led by 21 points from Tommie Liddell and 17 from Kevin Lisch.

The loss drops the Hawks into a four-way tie for second place in the conference with La Salle, Temple and Richmond. SJU hosts Temple at the Palestra on Sunday evening.

SJU entered the game having averaged 89.5 points and shooting over 60 percent from the field in its previous two games. It ran into a Saint Louis team which was allowing a conference-low 60.6 points per game. The Billikens limited the Hawks to a season-low total in points and just 38.6 percent shooting.

The Billikens also dominated the boards, outrebounding the Hawks 41-28.

"This was not defense. This was really toughness. We got out-toughed in our own building. They were physically, emotionally and mentally tougher," said Hawk coach Phil Martelli.

Saint Joseph's leading scorer, Pat Calathes was held to six points on 3-for-16 shooting, including 0-for-6 from 3-point range. He entered the game averaging 18.5 points and hitting 44 percent of his 3-point attempts. It marked only his second game this year without double figures.

Saint Louis took at 31-29 halftime on the play of Liddell and Lisch, who each hit a pair of 3-pointers and had 12 points. The Billikens, who led by as many as seven in the first half, shot just 37 percent but were 5-for-14 from long distance. SJU was 1-for-4 from beyond the arc.

Saint Louis scored the first six points of the second half while the Hawks missed seven straight shots. A 12-4 run gave the Billikens a 51-39 lead with nine minutes left.

The Hawks fought back with consecutive 3-pointers from Darrin Govens and Tasheed Carr, leading a 12-3 run that cut the deficit to 54-51 with 3:20 left.

The Billikens responded with a 3-pointer from Lisch hit a 3-pointer to give SLU a 59-53 lead with 1:20 left and end the Hawks' chances.

Ahmad Nivins had 16 points on 7-for-10 shooting for the Hawks while Rob Ferguson had 10 points and 10 rebounds.