St. Bonaventure took advantage of Saint Joseph's (7-8; 0-3) lack of scoring from the start to post a 73-47 win over the Hawks in Atlantic 10 action at the Reilly Center.
Lamarr Kimble had 16 points to lead Saint Joseph’s (7-8; 0-3 A-10), with 15 in the second half. Charlie Brown scored 11 as the Hawks suffered their third straight loss.
LaDarien Griffin scored 19 points, Nelson Kaputo scored 12 and Osun Osunniyi added 11 for the Bonnies (5-10; 1-1 A-10).
The Bonnies jumped out to a 17-1 lead in the first five minutes and never looked back, hitting six of their first nine shots while the Hawks went 0-for-6, on all three-point attempts.
It took until 12:53 to play before SJU scored its first basket as Jared Bynum connected on a short jumper.
The Bonnies kept rolling, increasing it to 32-9 by the seven-minute mark and took their biggest lead, 39-12, at halftime. St. Bonaventure connected on 57 percent (17-for-30) from the field while the Hawks hit a season-low 18.5 percent (5-for-27) and went without a three-pointer in 13 attempts.
Kimble sparked the Hawks at the beginning of the second half, and his back-to-back three-pointers cut the deficit to 46-25, as SJU doubled its first-half point total in the first four minutes.
The Hawks came within 20, 50-30, on a pair of free throws by Brown with 12:58 remaining.
"The offense is going to keep me up. It’s kept me up, that’s six games in a row under 60 (points). And it took us about 17 minutes to start communicating on defense. Usually you get that in the second half when they’re away from you. But we didn’t communicate very well early on against a flowing offense. We didn’t get enough," said head coach Phil Martelli.
"It’s the skill part of the game … shots. We did something today we’ve never done and we came over here and literally just shot around with a few different drills. We didn’t go over the scouting report. We just shot the ball. These numbers are frightening. It’s a really, really hard game when you can’t score."
It was SJU’s lowest point total since the Hawks scored 45 points in a win over Loyola Chicago earlier this season, on December 22.
Brown did not start the game after being late to the team pre-game meal but entered the contest at 15:49. Pierfrancesco Oliva and Lorenzo Edwards were unavailable due to injuries.
The Hawks will remain on the road and travel to Duquesne on Saturday for a 4 p.m. contest.