Dec. 4, 2012
BALTIMORE - Senior guard Carl Jones led the Hawks with 15 points while junior C.J. Aiken filled up the box score with 14 points, nine rebounds, and four blocks as the Saint Joseph's men's basketball team pulled away in the second half for a 67-55 win at Coppin State on Tuesday night.
Junior Halil Kanacevic led the Hawks with 12 boards and four assists, while sophomore guard Chris Wilson had 10 points and nine rebounds off the bench. Junior captain Langston Galloway chipped in with 14 points of his own.
After Coppin State (1-7) held a one-point lead after 20 minutes, Galloway brought the Hawks out of the halftime break with the first four points of the second half. Kanacevic followed with a layup at 17:20 to give SJU a 36-31 lead.
The Eagles tied the game at 36-36 on five straight points, and the teams would be tied again, 42-42, after a layup by CSU's Michael Murray knotted the affair with 13:34 to go.
Saint Joseph's (5-2) went ahead five seconds later on a three-point play by Aiken that gave the Hawks a 45-42 lead that they would not relinquish. SJU went on a 14-4 run, featuring seven points from Aiken, pushing the lead to 56-46 with 7:41 remaining.
From there, SJU was able to salt the game away, holding the margin in double digits for most of the remainder of the game.
In the first half, a dunk by Aiken and three-pointers by Galloway and Jones gave SJU an early 8-4 lead with 17:28 to play in the frame. After a jumper by Murray gave the Eagles a 13-12 lead with 12:52 left in the half, neither team found the net for nearly two and a half minutes.
Jones ended the drought with a layup at the 10:24 mark, keying a 14-3 stretch that saw Wilson score eight points and Jones five as the Hawks held a 28-16 advantage with 5:33 left in the period.
"We went with Chris [Wilson] early in the half and early in the game and he was productive," said Hawks' head coach Phil Martelli on his sophomore point guard, who helped key the first-half spurt.
Coppin State, however, closed the half on a 15-2 run, including eight of Murray's game-high 27 points, and took a 31-30 edge into the locker room at halftime.
The Hawks shot just 10-of-27 (37.0%) from the field in the first half, while Coppin State shot 48.1% on 13-of-27 from the floor. SJU turned things around in the second half, holding the Eagles to just 10-of-35 (28.6%) while converting 13-of-26 for 50% on the offensive end.
SJU enjoyed an advantage at the free-throw line as well, converting 14-of-20 attempts, including 8-of-11 by Aiken, while Coppin State went just 4-of-6 from the charity stripe. The Hawks also outrebounded the Eagles by a 42-31 margin.
Saint Joseph's returns to action on Tuesday, December 11, when the Hawks travel to Villanova for their first Big 5 tilt of the season. The contest will air on ESPNU and SportsRadio 610 WIP; tip-off at The Pavilion is set for 7:00 p.m.