Feb. 3, 2010
PHILADELPHIA - David Gonzalvez had 18 points and nine rebounds, and Ryan Butler scored 15, to lead Richmond to a 68-58 win over Saint Joseph's at Hagan Arena. The Spiders improved to 17-6 (6-2 A-10), while the Hawks lost their third in a row and fell to 8-14 (2-6).
Saint Joseph's started out strong and led 23-17 with just over 10 minutes to go in the first half. But the Richmond defense forced the Hawks into making just 2-of-13 shots and committing six turnovers the rest of the way, as the Spiders went on a 19-4 run to take a 36-27 lead at halftime.
Richmond quickly built up the lead into double digits in the first few minutes of the second half, taking a 45-32 lead on a 3-pointer by Gonzalvez. Justin Crosgile scored five consecutive points to pull the Hawks within 49-42, but a basket by Kevin Anderson and free throws by Gonzalvez kept the double-digit cushion for the Spiders.
A 3-pointer by Bryant Irwin, and a free throw by Garrett Williamson cut Richmond's lead to 62-55 at 2:19. A Hawks' turnover and a missed 3-pointer allowed Richmond to score on jumpers by Anderson and Butler to build the lead back up to 66-56.
SJU finished with 15 turnovers compared to only seven by Richmond. The Hawks also struggled from the foul line, making a season-low 12-for-20.
"Mentally we knew what was coming. We knew we wouldn't have the same number of shots in the areas on the floor that we wanted to attack. I just didn't do a good enough job expressing those to the players. Also, we can't go 12 for 20 from the foul line and we can't drop balls," said SJU coach Phil Martelli.
"It's not a lack of effort or lack of preparation. We had a terrific workout last night, but we didn't perform that way today."
Saint Joseph's great Ahmad Nivins '09 was in attendance for the first time this year. Nivins, who was playing for Manresa in Spain, recently had knee surgery after tearing his ACL, but is expected to make a full recovery.
The Hawks are in the midst of a three-game homestand and will host St. Bonaventure on Saturday at 4 p.m. at Hagan Arena.