Feb. 27, 2013
ST. LOUIS, MO. - Ronald Roberts, Jr. had a season-high 25 points for Saint Joseph's (15-11; 6-7 A-10) but the Hawks couldn't overcome #18/19 Saint Louis, 70-53, in Atlantic 10 action at Chaifetz Arena. The win was Saint Louis' 10th straight and its first as a ranked team.
Roberts connected on 8-for-10 from the field and 9-for-11 from the line. Langston Galloway was the only other Hawk in double figures with 11 points. C.J. Aiken had five of the Hawks' nine blocked shots. Halil Kanacevic made his first start since December and had five points, six rebounds and four assists before fouling out late in the game.
Leading 29-27 at halftime, Saint Louis came out strong in the first few minutes of the second half, using an 11-4 run in the first five minutes to build up a 40-31 edge. A three-pointer by McCall, Jr., at 14:18 gave the Billikens their first double-digit lead of the game, 43-32. They would score seven more in a row and by the halfway point of the period, owned a 50-32 lead.
The Hawks would get no closer than 56-43 on a layup by Roberts with 5:40 remaining, while Saint Louis (22-5; 11-2) took its biggest margin, 70-50, with over a minute to play.
Dwayne Evans had 21 points and 12 rebounds as the Billikens dominated the boards, outrebounding SJU by a 41-29 margin. Rob Loe added 11 points and Mike McCall, Jr., had 10.
Saint Louis led from the opening tip and by as much as 10 points in the first half. But Saint Joseph's outscored SLU, 10-2, in the final four minutes of the half, with five from Galloway, to close within 29-27 at intermission.
The Hawks struggled from beyond the arc, hitting 17.6 percent (3-for-17) in the game. SJU could muster just a 32.6 shooting percentage in the game and committed 11 turnovers. "At the start of the second half we missed two layups and an open three by a good shooter and they had three straight layups. That's what it came down to," said SJU head coach Phil Martelli. "We thought we had to take away the foul line and the three-point line and we really didn't do that. The rebounding is cause for concern. They had 15 offensive rebounds and those putbacks killed us - you can't have a game plan for putbacks."
"We competed, but we didn't play well enough. Their defense was what I thought it would be but we had no fastbreak points. We've got to get our pace back and I though we were just passive. We prepared the right away but we just played too much sideline to sideline."
Saint Joseph's returns home for a pair for the final two regular season home games, hosting Fordham on Saturday and Rhode Island on Wednesday, March 6.