Men's Basketball Defeats George Washington, 66-58
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  02/04/2009

Feb. 4, 2009

Box Score

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Ahmad Nivins had 16 points and 11 rebounds, Darrin Govens scored 14 and Saint Joseph's dealt George Washington its 11th consecutive loss, 66-58 on Wednesday night.

Tasheed Carr added 14 points and seven assists, and Idris Hilliard had 12 points for the Hawks (13-8, 6-1 Atlantic-10), who have won eight of nine.

For Nivins, it was his 33rd consecutive game in double figures and his 14th double-double of the season, both the best numbers in the A-10.

Rob Diggs scored 18 points and Damian Hollis 14 for the Colonials (6-13, 0-7), who have dropped 11 straight for the first time since the 1988-89 season, when they started 0-14.

George Washington, the only winless team in the conference, hasn't won since Dec. 23, a 59-47 victory at Sacramento State.

Saint Joseph's led 33-29 at halftime and extended its advantage to 53-38 on a dunk by Carr with 9:52 remaining.

Hollis made a layup with 2:58 left that got the Colonials within seven at 59-52.

Govens responded with a 15-foot fadeaway jumper and Nivins hit a pair of free throws to push the lead back to 11 with 1:53 remaining.

The Hawks shot 24-for-31 from the line, with Nivins leading the way, shooting 10-for-11.

"We're staying in Springfield (Mass.) on Saturday and I don't think the Hall of Fame would want the tape of this game, so we won't take it with us. I think defensively, we had good attention to the 3-point line, although we did not do a good job of keeping the ball in front of us in the second half, allowing them to shoot 52 percent," said SJU coach Phil Martelli. "I like the fact that in the second half we had just one turnover. To GW's credit, they just play. It's good to get out of here with a win and we still have things to work on."

Saint Joseph's travels to UMsss for a game on Sunday, February 8.