Dec. 6, 2009
ITHACA, N.Y. - Senior Garrett Williamson scored 14 points and classmate Darrin Govens added 10 but it wasn't enough as the Saint Joseph's men's basketball team lost its fourth straight game on Sunday, falling 78-66 at Cornell's Newman Arena.
Cornell had five players in double figures, led by Ryan Wittman's 17 points.
Cornell (7-2) led throughout the first half, but Saint Joseph's (3-4) never trailed by more than seven despite shooting just 29 percent from the field. The Big Red took a 30-23 lead with 2:13 to go in the frame, but the Hawks drew even at the break with a 7-0 run keyed by four points from sophomore Todd O'Brien.
The second half was more of the same for SJU as the Hawks ended up shooting just 36 percent from the floor for the contest. The Big Red, however, opened the period with a 12-0 run to build a 42-30 lead. A free throw from freshman Carl Jones stopped the run four minutes in, but Cornell would build the lead back up to 48-34.
A bucket by Williamson with 8:13 to go cut the deficit to 59-49, but Cornell scored seven of the next eight points, including five from Jeff Reeves, to go up 66-50. Jeff Foote then took over for the Big Red, scoring Cornell's next six points as CU took a 72-58 lead.
Cornell shot 60 percent from the floor in the second half and made five of 11 three-point attempts. For the game, the Big Red shot 11-of-24 from long range while the Hawks went 5-for-17.
"In the first half we had a real good mental and physical effort defensively," said Saint Joseph's head coach Phil Martelli. "In the second half there were breakdowns - missed assignments, slow reactions - and that's one of the things with my team that I've seen now over seven games."
"We have a tough time right now stopping the boulder coming at you. We're not able yet to do that. That's going to take every guy stepping up and giving it more of a mental approach."
The Hawks return to action Wednesday night as the rival Villanova Wildcats visit The Palestra in this season's rivalry game. Tip-off is slated for 9:00 p.m. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN2.