Jan. 9, 2013
PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's came up short against #14 Butler, 72-66, in the Atlantic 10 opener for both teams at Hagan Arena. The loss ended a three-game winning streak for the Hawks dropping them to 8-5 (0-1 A-10). Butler improves to 12-2 (1-0 A-10).
Butler's Rotnei Clarke led all scorers with 28 points and Andrew Smith had 24 points and 10 rebounds as the Bulldogs played their inaugural game as a member of the A-10 and overcame a strong start by the Hawks.
Sophomore Chris Wilson scored all of his team-high 15 points in the first half for Saint Joseph's, as he shot 5-for-8 from the field with a career-high five three-pointeres. C.J. Aiken added 13 points, Ronald Roberts had 12 points, nine rebounds and four blocks and Langston Galloway scored 11 points for the Hawks.
Holding a 51-46 lead with 15:04 to play, Saint Joseph's would miss 10 straight field goal attempts, scoring its only points from the foul line. That allowed Butler to go on a 15-6 run to open up a 61-56 lead with 6:12 to play. The Hawks would close to within 63-61 with 5:01 to play but a three-pointer by Clarke gave Butler a 66-61 lead. SJU would convert just 2-of-8 field goal attempts in those final minutes, allowing the Bulldogs to seal the win.
Saint Joseph's used five consecutive three-pointers to jump out to a 15-9 lead, as Wilson hit his first four and Galloway added another. The Hawks increased it to 19-12 before Butler used a 13-3 run to take its first lead of the game, 25-22. A three by SJU's Papa Ndao ignited an 11-2 run for the Hawks, pushing them ahead by 35-27. SJU, which shot 61.5 percent from three-point range in the half, owned a 40-35 halftime lead.
Butler ran off the first nine points of the second half to take a 44-40 lead before SJU regained it on back-to-back three-pointers by Aiken. But after a layup by Galloway and a three point play by Roberts, the Hawks would go into their 0-for-10 slump.
Saint Joseph's heads back on the road to face Duquesne on Saturday evening.