Nov. 20, 2009
ST. THOMAS, V.I. - Garrett Williamson scored 18 points, with 10 in the final two minutes, to lift Saint Joseph's (3-0) to an 84-80 win over Boston College (2-1) in the first round of the 2009 Paradise Jam at the University of the Virgin Islands Sports and Fitness Center. The Hawks will play Purdue on Sunday evening at 9:30 p.m. (8:30 p.m. EST), with the game being televised on Fox College Sports.
With Boston College leading 76-74 with 2:59 to play, Williamson scored the tying basket on a layup at 1:57. He put the Hawks ahead, 79-76, with a fast break layup and a free throw at :38. Reggie Jackson pulled BC within, 79-78, at :30, but Williamson converted two more free throws to give SJU an 81-78 edge. Jackson made two foul shots with 12 seconds remaining to cut the margin to 81-80, but Williamson hit another to give the Hawks the 82-80 cushion. Jackson missed a layup with one second to go and Williamson sank two free throws with eight-tenths to play to provide the final margin.
Saint Joseph's jumped out 9-0 at the start, but saw Boston College come back to tie it at 18-18. BC led by as much as six points in the first half, but a four-point play by Chris Prescott with under a minute in the half, tied the score at 38-38. BC ending up owning a 40-39 lead at halftime.
"I was proud of the fight we had and we had it all through the lineup. I'm happy for the players that they're going to experience the winners' bracket," said Hawk coach Phil Martelli.
Senior Darrin Govens came out strong in the second half and hit three 3-pointers in the first six minutes. The teams would go back and forth exchanging leads as the hard-fought battle had 11 ties and eight lead changes.
Williamson went 10-for-13 from the foul line while Govens and Carl Jones each scored 16 points, combining to hit seven 3-pointers.
SJU shot 53.8 percent from the field in the second half, but was outrebounded by the Eagles, 46-38.
BC was led by 20 points from Joe Trapani.