Feb. 7, 2010
PHILADELPHIA - Darrin Govens scored 22 points and Idris Hilliard added 19 to lead Saint Joseph's to a 78-71 win over St. Bonaventure in Atlantic 10 men's basketball action at Hagan Arena. The win snaps a three-game losing streak for the Hawks, and improves their record to 9-14 (3-6 A-10), while the Bonnies fall to 9-12 (2-6).
Govens shot 8-for-12 from the field and Garrett Williamson added 16 points for the Hawks, while going 8-for-11 from the foul line. Carl Jones had nine points and Todd O'Brien had a team-high eight rebounds.
Trailing 55-54 with 8:41 to play, Govens hit a layup to start a 6-0 spurt for the Hawks, putting them up 60-55 while taking the lead for good. After St. Bonaventure came within 62-60 at 5:09, Govens connected on his third 3-pointer of the game to build a 65-60 lead. The Hawks would increase that to 68-60 on a 3-point play by Carl Jones.
St. Bonaventure couldn't cut the Hawk lead below five points the rest of the way, thanks to Williamson's free throw shooting, as he went 5-for-6 in the final 1:33.
The Hawks jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead and then 16-9, but St. Bonaventure turned the tide going on a 16-0 run to take a 22-19 lead on a 3-pointer by Chris Matthews with 8:43 to play. Saint Joseph's went scoreless for over five minutes, but Govens broke the streak with a basket at 7:28, to pull the Hawks within 25-21.
A jumper by Jones would tie the score at 27-27, but the lead never changed hands. There were two more ties the rest of the half, including just before the halftime buzzer, on a putback by Idris Hilliard, knotting the score at 33-33.
"Obviously putting some pressure on them and getting to the foul line that number of times was advantageous for us. I thought we did a real nice job defensively understanding where they were going and then trying to attack," said SJU coach Phil Martelli.
SJU, which shoots 72 percent from the foul line on the season, had an uncharacteristic day from the line, hitting just 64 percent (29-for-45) in the game. But after a 9-for-19 effort in the first half, the Hawks improved and made 20-of-26 in the second half, led by an 8-for-10 effort from Williamson.
Jonathan Hall led St. Bonaventure with 24 points and 11 rebounds while Andrew Nicholson had 19 points. The Bonnies committed 23 turnovers in the game and were whistled for 33 personal fouls.
Today's game had been rescheduled from Saturday, with the postponement due to snowstorm that hit the region.
Saint Joseph's closes out its three-game homestand on Tuesday evening, when it hosts Saint Louis.