BROOKLYN, N.Y. - The 10th seed Saint Joseph's Hawks fell to seventh seed St. Bonaventure, 60-49, in the Second Round of the 2015 Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Championship Thursday evening at the Barclays Center.
Down by five at halftime, St. Bonaventure (18-12) opened the second half with a 14-6 run to take its first lead of the game, 37-34, on a three-point play by Andell Cumberbatch at 12:57.
A free throw by Youssou Ndoye gave the Bonnies a 41-37 lead and they'd soon push it to 43-37 with 8:33 to go.
A pair of free throws by Bembry off a steal cut the Hawk deficit to 45-41 with 3:44 to play, but Ndoye answered with a pair of free throws as St. Bonaventure regained its six-point margin.
The Hawks would get no closer than 49-43 in the final two minutes as the Bonnies held SJU to only one field goal in the final 7:04 and just 17.2 percent shooting (5-of-29) in the second half.
In the first half, Saint Joseph's jumped out to a 22-12 lead as a Miles' three-pointer at 7:14 gave the Hawks their biggest lead of the game.
Up 24-15, SJU saw its lead quickly get slashed to one as St. Bonaventure went on an 8-0 run to cut the deficit to 24-23.
Miles ended the Hawks’ four-minute drought with a pair of free throws to build the lead back to three and would make a layup just before the halftime buzzer to give Saint Joseph's a 28-23 lead entering the second half.
As a team, Saint Joseph's shot 25.5 percent overall (14-of-55), 18.8 percent from three-point range (3-of-16) and 69.2 percent from the foul line (18-of-26).
"In my opinion, it's a numeric game and we're going home because we gave up 40 percent field goal on defense. On offense, we just didn't have it. We should've had more. We should've spent our time working on offense Monday and Tuesday," said Hawk coach Phil Martelli. "It wasn't a lack of trying - in some ways it was very good defense and as we missed shots we got tighter."
Ndoye led four Bonnies in double figures with 18 points as St. Bonaventure finished 21-of-52 from the field (40.4 percent), 2-of-14 from behind the arc (14.3 percent) and 16-of-21 from the foul line (76.2 percent).