Nov. 22, 2009
ST. THOMAS, VIRGIN ISLANDS - The Saint Joseph's men's basketball team fell to No. 7 Purdue, 85-60, in the semifinals of the Paradise Jam Tournament Sunday evening. The Hawks, who trailed just 31-30 at halftime, were outscored 54-30 in the second stanza and are now 3-1 on the season. SJU will face DePaul in the consolation game at 6 p.m. EST (7 p.m. Atlantic) on Monday night.
Senior guard Garrett Williamson scored a team-high 12 points for the Hawks.
SJU got off to another good start and jumped out to an 18-9 lead on Purdue. The Hawks shot 44 percent from the field and made 5-of-7 3-pointers. But the Boilermakers turned up the defensive pressure and held Saint Joseph's without a field goal for four minutes en route to taking a 27-26 lead with 3:27 to play. Purdue would head into intermission with a 31-30 lead.
Purdue started the second half with an 11-0 run and then outscored the Hawks, 23-2, in the first eight minutes, thus creating a 20-point deficit for Saint Joseph's (54-34). The Hawks would trim the margin to 14 points, but Purdue hit three consecutive 3-pointers to put the game out of reach.
Saint Joseph's had a season-high 23 turnovers and saw Purdue scored 32 points off those giveaways.
Monday night's game will be televised on Fox Sports Net and can be heard in Philadelphia on WNTP (990 AM).