Dec. 4, 2011
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Saint Joseph's men's basketball team had its two-game win streak snapped Sunday evening as the Hawks fell to American, 66-60, at Bender Arena. Fighting back from an early 13-point deficit, SJU tied the game at 51 in the second half, only to have the Eagles end the game on a 15-9 run to earn the victory.
Trailing 47-37, Saint Joseph's used a 14-4 run over the next five minutes to tie the game at 51-51 on a fast-break layup by junior Carl Jones at 8:06. Jones and sophomore Langston Galloway combined for 11 of the Hawks' 14 points during the streak, while the SJU defense held the Eagles to 2-of-6 from the field and caused three turnovers.
American answered with six-straight points to take a 57-51 lead on a four-point play by Hinkle with 5:10 to go. The Hawks, who went just 7-of-15 from the foul line for the game, missed three attempts over that time and shot 0-for-2 from the floor.
Sophomore C.J. Aiken would give the Hawks a chance to tie the score with under two minutes to go though as he rattled off two-straight baskets, then pinned a layup by the Eagles' Blake Jolivette against the backboard to give his team possession and down just 57-55.
Jones' got a chance to tie the game with a jumper, but the shot was off the mark, only to fall into the hands of teammate Chris Wilson. Following a SJU timeout, the Hawks worked the ball into the hands of Jones only to have his shot go off the mark. This time the ball bounced back to him, only to have a quick shot again miss its mark as American grabbed the rebound and was fouled.
The Eagles would score four-straight points from the foul line, before a Jones free throw made it 61-56. Jones would miss the second shot, but Halil Kanacevic grabbed the offensive rebound and laid it in to make it a 61-58 game with 23 seconds to go.
Unfortunately for Saint Joseph's, American would get a pair of free throws from Hinkle and a three-point play by Troy Brewer to seal the game for the Eagles.
In the first half, Both teams traded baskets over the opening 10 minutes of the game as Saint Joseph's (5-3) and American (7-2) found themselves tied 19-19 after a dunk by SJU sophomore Ronald Roberts Jr.
The Eagles would gain control over the next 3:30, using an 8-0 run to open a 27-19 edge on a three pointer by Charles Hinkle at 6:32. American's defense held the Hawks to 0-of-2 from the floor and caused a turnover, while its offense was aggressive, keeping plays alive with two offensive rebounds.
Up 33-26, American used an 8-2 run that spanned both halves to open its biggest lead of the game, 41-28, on a three pointer by Hinkle 10 seconds into the second half.
The Hawks would remain at a distance before its 14-4 run in the middle of the half.
For the game, the Hawks hit 25-of-59 from the floor (42.4 percent), but hit just 3-of-17 from three-point range (17.6) and 7-of-15 from the foul line (46.7 percent). Jones led four Hawks in double figures, scoring 13 points, while Aiken, Galloway and Roberts each had 11 points apiece.
At the other end, Hinkle had a game-high 32 points as the Eagles finished 22-of-51 from the floor (43.1 percent), 8-of-18 from behind the arc (44.4 percent) and 14-of-16 from the foul line (87.5 percent).
Saint Joseph's returns to action this Wednesday when the Hawks host Boston University at 7 p.m.