Jan. 2, 2010
PHILADELPHIA - Princeton held off a late Saint Joseph's rally to defeat the Hawks, 70-62, in men's basketball action at Hagan Arena. The Tigers were led by four scorers in double figures, with 17 points from Douglas Davis. The loss drops SJU to 4-8 while Princeton improves to 7-4.
Trailing 34-25 at halftime, Saint Joseph's freshman Carl Jones tried to bring the Hawks back into the contest. He keyed a 12-4 Saint Joseph's run by scoring eight points, grabbing three rebounds and handing out one assist, to bring the Hawks to within 41-37 at 15:53.
The Hawks cut the deficit to two points twice, but trailing 43-41, Princeton would bump it back up to 46-41 at 9:57. After a layup by Idris Hilliard pulled the Hawks to within 50-47, Princeton used an 8-1 spurt to build its lead back up to 58-48.
After just hitting one 3-point field goal almost the entire game, the Hawks got two in a span of 30 seconds. Darrin Govens connected on a three and a hit a free throw to pull SJU within 61-53 at :52. Jones followed with a conventional three-point play to cut it to 61-57 at :40 and Bryant Irwin hit a 3-pointer at :24. The Hawks then began fouling and couldn't overcome the difference as Princeton went 9-for-10 from the line in the final 40 seconds.
Jones finished with 17 points while Govens was the only other Hawk in double figures with 13 points. SJU was outrebounded for the 11th time, by a 41-32 margin.
"For whatever reason there was a lifelessness to what we were trying to do. The surprising thing is our practice sessions have really picked up, they have gotten better in our practice sessions but it was not evident. We had a decent shoot around this morning and they came with little or no energy for long periods of time," said SJU coach Phil Martelli.
"Then when you get in situations like that, we're trying to cover individual flaws whether its catching the ball, decision making, we had two-on-one's in the first half that we didn't convert and we just don't have enough ammunition to cover those kind of errors."
"I just told the players that I hope that that's the bottom and now we've got to bounce back because its the Atlantic 10, here it comes," said Martelli, whose team opens the conference season on Wednesday at #19 Temple..
Princeton led from the start, jumping out to a 12-4 lead from the outset, and hit 6-of-12 3-pointers in the first half to maintain the edge. The Tigers led by as many as 13 points and held a 34-25 advantage at halftime, while Saint Joseph's went just 1-for-9 from beyond the arc and 9-for-25 from the field.
The Tigers also got 16 points from Dan Mavraides, 14 points from Pawel Buczak and 16 from Jimmy Shelburne.
Saint Joseph's game at Temple on January 6 will be televised on The Comcast Network at 7 p.m.