Nov. 26, 2008
LAHAINA, HAWAII - Alabama outshot and outrebounded Saint Joseph's as the Crimson Tide scored a 58-48 win over the Hawks in the fifth-place game of the 2008 EA Sports Maui Invitational at the Lahaina Civic Center. SJU drops to 2-3 with the loss.
Playing in the second straight game with a morning start time, the Hawks came out cold, missing nine of their first 12 shots. SJU was also outrebounded 23-10 in the first half and shot just 23.8 percent from the field as Alabama staked a 28-19 halftime lead.
SJU opened the second half with a 14-6 run led by seven points from Nivins to close to within 37-32. A jumper by Carr pulled the Hawks to within 37-34, but Alabama answered back. Saint Joseph's got as close as 43-39 on a three-pointer by Carr with 8:24 to go, but Alonzo Gee scored on a tip-in and Yamene Coleman followed with a basket down low.
"We put on the board last night that this was going to be a fist fight and we just didn't have five guys hitting on all cylinders at nine o'clock (starting time). And we took the punches an tried to punch back and I think we got tired and had some really costly turnovers in the second half when we had the game kind of moving in our direction," said SJU coach Phil Martelli. "Two losses is not a successful trip. It's a successful experience, but not a successful trip."
SJU's Darrin Govens, who hit a career-best seven 3-pointers in the win over Indiana, scored his only field goal of the game with 1:29 to play.
Alabama outrebounded the Hawks, 37-23, in the game and forced 14 SJU turnovers.
"On behalf of the program and the University we just want to thank the people from Kemper Sports, EA Sports and the unbelievable volunteers. It was an experience that we will never forget. To have a chance to, with all that we done in this program, to be treated this way and play with those level teams, for three days in a row, I'm really excited about getting back to Philadelphia and preparing to go forward. It's an NCAA Regional environment and we'd like to be in that environment come March."
The Hawks will spend Thanksgiving in Maui and return to the East Coast to face Lehigh on Tuesday, December 2.