Balanced Effort Leads Men's Basketball Over UMass, 72-63
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  02/11/2012

Feb. 11, 2012

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(By Nikki Philpot)

PHILADELPHIA - Carl Jones scored 17 points to lead four players in double figures as Saint Joseph's (16-10; 6-5 A-10) closed out a three-game homestand with a 73-62 win over Massachusetts (18-7; 7-4) on Saturday evening at Hagan Arena.

Jones made 6-of-12 from the field, and led SJU with 13 points in the first half. Ronald Roberts had 14 off the bench. C.J. Aiken added 13 points and four blocks, while Halil Kanacevic tied his career-high with 15 rebounds as SJU outrebounded the Minutemen, 47-37.

Saint Joseph's, which held a 29-28 lead at halftime, took control early in the second half. Although UMass held a 34-32 lead, Saint Joseph's would go on a 14-0 run over the next four minutes to go up by 46-34, as each Hawk on the floor would contribute at least two points.

UMass would close the gap to 46-38, but an Aiken dunk would extend the Hawk lead back to 12 with 7:53 to go. At the 5:54 mark, SJU scored five points on a Kanacevic layup and a three by Galloway, extending the Hawk lead to 55-41. UMass would answer with a pair of foul shots but another Galloway three would push the Hawk lead to 58-43 with 3:55 to go.

The Minutemen would score nine uncontested points against the Hawks on 3-for-3 three-point shooting, but a 13-for-14 SJU effort from the foul line ensured the victory.

"We had a little wrinkle in how we defended their ball screen and we really did a nice job on that. I thought every player gave us something, so that's a significant win," said SJU coach Phil Martelli.

UMass was led by 18 points from Jesse Morgan and a double-double by guard Chaz Williams with 11 points and 10 assists.

"We only scored 29 in the first half but Tay (Jones) had a nice rhythm. I thought he took good shots and in the second half they wanted to take him away and we were able to play the bigger line-up and play closer to the basket with C.J., Halil and Ron. They had a very mature game," said Martelli. "It was a great team effort and Tay should feel good about his defensive performance."

Down 7-5 in the early going, Saint Joseph's would start a 7-0 run on a layup by Kanacevic. UMass took the lead at 15-14 on a jumper by Morgan at 9:43 but SJU freshman guard Chris Wilson sank a foul shot to tie the game at 15 all with 9:33 remaining in the first half. The Hawks would regain the lead, 19-17, on an alley-oop from Wilson to Aiken.

UMass jumped back ahead 26-23 at 2:50 on a jumper by Terrell Vinson, marking the fifth of six lead changes during the half, but Jones scored back-to-back three pointers for the Hawks to give them the lead 29-28 heading into the locker room.

Saint Joseph's will travel to Rhode Island on Wednesday, February 15 in an Atlantic 10 matchup scheduled for 7:00 p.m. The game will air on SportsRadio 610 WIP.