Feb. 22, 2012
PHILADELPHIA - Three free throws in the final four seconds gave Richmond (15-14, 6-8 A-10) a 52-49 win over Saint Joseph's (18-11; 8-6) in Atlantic 10 action at Hagan Arena. The loss snaps a three-game winning streak for the Hawks.
Derrick Williams, who had a game-high 17 points, and Darien Brothers, who scored 12, combined for the Spiders' winning free throws.
With Richmond leading 49-40 with 5:14 to play, Saint Joseph's fought back. Free throws by Carl Jones and C.J. Aiken pulled SJU to within 49-43. The Hawk defense forced two shot clock violations on Richmond and Langston Galloway hit a three-pointer at 2:19 to bring SJU to within 49-46. The teams traded missed shots and after a Richmond miss at 45.7 seconds, Jones tied the game, 49-49, with a three-pointer at 32.8 seconds.
On its next possession, Richmond worked the ball into Williams, who was fouled and hit the first free throw at :04 seconds. He missed his second and on the rebound, Saint Joseph's called a timeout that it didn't have, resulting in a technical. Brothers then made both shots at :03 to provide the final margin. The Hawks had one more chance, inbounding with :03 to play, but Jones' three-point attempt was off the mark.
Galloway led Saint Joseph's with 15 points as the Hawks shot just 38.1 percent from the field and only 60 percent (12-for-20) from the foul line. Jones finished with 10 points.
"The result falls on all of us and it will stay with all of us until 4 o'clock tomorrow afternoon. We let the game really get slowed to not even a walking pace," said Hawk coach Phil Martelli. "Offensively, two days of preparation and we did what we wanted to do. We looked sharp but we didn't perform sharp. Take any number that you want - 12-for-20 from the foul line - in that kind of game, 49 points, in that kind of game, the flurry of threes. We have to grow and be ready to practice tomorrow. Come four o'clock tomorrow (practice), I'll be ready and I'll bet on them, that they'll be ready."
The teams traded leads in the first half, with Richmond holding the biggest edge at seven points. The Hawks used a 9-2 run to tie the score, 18-18, and then take a 24-20 lead on a three-pointer by C.J. Aiken at 1:34. The Spiders closed out the half making five consecutive free throws to own a 25-24 halftime lead.
Richmond took its biggest lead of the game, 40-29, in the first six minutes of the half, but the Hawks chipped away at it. And with the Spiders up 44-33, SJU used a 7-2 spurt to come within 46-40. A three by Richmond's Anthony Kendall put the Spiders ahead, 49-40, setting the stage for the Hawks' final push.
Saint Joseph's will host #22 Temple on Saturday at sold-out Hagan Arena in its final regular-season home game and a nationally-televised contest (ESPNU). The 7 p.m. game will mark the first time that Temple has played on SJU's campus since 2001, and only the ninth time overall.