Jan. 23, 2013
PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's rallied in the second half, but it wasn't enough as the Hawks were defeated by St. Bonaventure, 73-64, at Hagan Arena.
The Bonnies (9-9; 2-3 A-10) led by as much as 25 points in the game but Saint Joseph's (10-7; 1-3 A-10) warmed up in the second half and closed to 60-54 with 4:25 to play. But a three-point play by Demetrius Conger at 3:33 pushed the St. Bonaventure lead to 63-54. The Hawks pulled within 65-59 on a three-point play by Halil Kanacevic at 1:21, but Conger again had the answer, hitting a jumper with 46 seconds to play, to give the Bonnies a 67-59 cushion.
St. Bonaventure blazed out to a 12-0 lead, making their first five shots while the Hawks missed their first seven. SJU broke the string with its first basket at 15:29 on a layup by Ronald Roberts, but the Bonnies continued their pace, making 7-of-10 field goals to go up 17-4. Conger connected on a three-pointer, which was SBU's fourth in four attempts, and the Bonnies increased it to 25-10.
St. Bonaventure then went on a 10-0 run as the Hawks were shooting just 4-of-18 from the field and 0-for-10 from 3-point range. The visitors extended the lead a 35-10 lead before Kanacevic hit a layup to break a five-minute scoreless streak for the Hawks. St. Bonaventure took a 36-17 lead into halftime as they connected on 56 percent from the field and 52.9 percent from three-point range. The Hawks connected on only 7-for-26 field goals and just 1-of-13 from beyond the arc in the half.
The Hawks were cold from the outside, hitting only 2-of-22 three-point attempts in the game.
Kanacevic had a team-high 16 points on 6-for-6 shooting in his return to action after missing three games due to a death in the family which caused him to travel to Europe.
"The key that we thought coming in was going to be the (three-point) line, win the line, win the game, and we got smashed on the three-point line. If I said I saw that coming, I'd be lying. We haven't practiced like that. We didn't practice without that energy," said Hawk coach Phil Martelli. "I thought the crowd was great. They did everything they could. But the numbers are the numbers... 2-for-22 - you can do that without practice and without shooting and that's what we just did. It was just unanticipated, to be honest with you."
Senior guard Carl Jones did not start the game because of a minor team infraction. Langston Galloway left the game near the end of the first half after being poked in the eye while going for a loose ball and did not return to the contest.
Demetrius Conger scored 21 points on 9-for-12 shooting while Matthew Wright added 18 points making 4-of-6 from three-point range and Chris Johnson had 15 points for St Bonaventure.
Saint Joseph's will host Xavier on Saturday at Hagan Arena at 6 p.m.