Dec. 1, 2010
PHILADELPHIA - Drexel dominated the boards and defeated Saint Joseph's, 62-50, to end the Hawks' three-game winning streak. It was the first game between the city rivals played at Drexel's Daskalakis Center since the 1992-93 season.
The Dragons held a commanding 46-23 edge in rebounding, with 18 from Daryl McCoy, and limited SJU to just 22 second-half points to improve to 4-1 on the year. McCoy had 15 points, Chris Fouch scored 17 and Samme Givens added 10 rebounds.
Carl Jones was the lone Hawk in double figures with 20 points and he connected on SJU's only three-pointer on the night, as the visitors were just 1-for-6 behind the arc. It was Jones' sixth straight game in double figures, and eighth dating back to last season. Langston Galloway scored nine points for Saint Joseph's, which evened its record to 3-3.
Leading 31-28 at halftime, Drexel scored the first five points of the half. With the home team leading 38-32 at 16:15, both teams went on scoring droughts, with Drexel not scoring until 12:30 to play and SJU going for five minutes without a basket until Ronald Roberts connnected on a jumper.
Drexel led by as much as 49-36 in the second half, and Jones singlehandedly tried to get the Hawks back in the game. The sophomore scored nine of the Hawks' next 12 points to pull SJU within, 55-48, with 3:52 remaining. But a layup by McCoy built the Dragons' lead back to 58-48 and they closed out the double-digit win.
"From the first tape I watched until the pre-game talk, the number one thing was rebounding. If we rebounded, we'd win the game. We didn't rebound and we didn't win the game," said SJU coach Phil Martelli. "It was a real lesson on the backboard for every one of our guys. Too many no-shows on possessions for us. Some of it was the response to the physicality and some of it was the response to being the first time there was really noise in an away gym. Lesson learned, a day to prepare and then we get on about our next challenge."
Saint Joseph's, which is playing three road games in five days, has a quick turnaround before facing rival and 12th-ranked Villanova on Friday night at The Pavilion. Game time is 8:45 p.m. for the ESPNU broadcast.