Saint Louis held Saint Joseph's to its lowest point total of the year as the #13/15 Billikens scored a 65-49 win in Atlantic 10 action at Hagan Arena. It was Saint Louis' (21-2; 8-0 A-10) 15th consecutive win while Saint Joseph's drops to 15-7 (5-3 A-10).
Ronald Roberts, Jr. was the only Hawk in double figures with a game-high 19 points and nine rebounds. Halil Kanacevic had nine points and nine rebounds.
Rob Loe led Saint Louis with 17 points, connecting on 4-for-7 from the field, while Jordair Jett added 10 points.
Saint Joseph's fell victim to the Saint Louis defense that held them to 31.9 percent shooting and a 1-for-15 effort from three-point range. The Hawks also committed 17 turnovers in the loss.
Trailing 35-22 at halftime, Saint Joseph's tried get back into the game in the second half, but every attempt was stifled by a turnover or a missed opportunity. Down 45-32, the Hawks scored six straight points, as a short jumper from Papa Ndao cut the deficit to 45-38 at 9:45. But Saint Louis answered right back as Rob Loe broke free for a dunk and Grandy Glaze hit a layup to build the lead up to 47-38.
A pair of free throws by DeAndre' Bembry again pulled the Hawks within nine points, 49-40, at 8:37. But Saint Louis then outscored the Hawks, 12-3, to take a 61-43 lead with 4:21 remaining.
Saint Joseph's led in the first few minutes of the game, but Saint Louis went ahead at the 16:10 mark. Holding a 25-20 lead, the Billikens closed out the half with a 10-2 run to end the half with a 35-22 lead. The Hawks shot 27.3 percent from the field while SLU hit on 46.7 percent of its shots.
"Basically, they were better at each position. Their bench was better than our bench. At every position they were better. We have to take that. We have to take that individually, we have to process it, and we have to come back tomorrow and improve," said Hawk coach Phil Martelli. "You can point to any number you want to, but the number that jumps is the turnovers. You have to use those opportunities, you have to get a shot every time down the floor and we didn't do that."
"It's challenging. I thought we had a way and a lot of times we end up with real not good quality shots. I thought the quality of shot was fine, but the crispness in offense... This was not a rythmic game for us with five assists and 15 baskets and over-dribbling. It was a big spot, and collectively, we didn't answer the moment."
Saint Joseph's takes on another team near the top of the A-10 standings when VCU visits Hagan Arena on Saturday evening at 8 p.m.