Dec. 9, 2008
TOWSON, MD. - The combination of Ahmad Nivins from the inside and Darrin Govens from the outside powered Saint Joseph's over Towson, 85-64, at the Towson Center. Nivins scored a game-high 25 points while Govens added 22.
With the win, the Hawks evened their record to 4-4. Nivins missed only three shots in the game, going 9-for-12 while Govens hit four 3-pointers for the Hawks. Garrett Williamson just missed a triple-double as he had eight points and career-highs with 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Tasheed Carr added 11 points and eight rebounds.
Nivins had 15 points in the first half, going 4-for-5 from the field and a perfect 7-for-7 from the foul line, as the Hawks held onto a 38-31 halftime lead. SJU connected on 11-of-22 field goals and held a 13-for-15 advantage from the foul line in the first 20 minutes.
The Hawks broke it open immediately after intermission, going on a 14-7 run to take a 52-38 lead. SJU got its running game going, forcing five Towson turnovers and scoring eight fast-break points.
SJU took its biggest lead, 89-55, with under two minutes to play.
Saint Joseph's will visit 15th-ranked Villanova in the annual rivalry game on Thursday night at The Pavilion. Game time is 8 p.m. for the contest that will be televised nationally on ESPN2. The Hawks won last year's contest, 77-55, to snap a three-game losing streak against the Wildcats.