the services of starting shooting guard Delonte West, several key
members off the bench helped the Hawks cruise past Rhode Island,
69-53. The win avenged a buzzer-beating loss at Rhode Island earlier
in the year.
West, who averages 17.1 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 3.8 assists, was
suspended for the game. No details were released other than it was a
personal and team matter. His status is game-to-game. He will surely
be needed in their next game against city rival Villanova.
Tyrone Barley got the start in place of West and filled in admirably.
Barley amassed 14 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and 1
charge. He also knocked down all 4 of his three-pointers in the first
Barley wasn’t the only new name in the starting lineup. Dwayne Jones
subbed in for the flu-stricken Alex Sazonov who did not play at all.
Brian Woodward’s free throw gave the Rams their only lead of the game,
1-0. After missing their first 5 shots, Barley drained a
three-pointer and drew the charge on the subsequent possession.
Later, Barley’s 3rd three-pointer of the day resulted in an
early 19-11 lead for the Crimson and Gray.
Freshman Chet Stachitas scored his lone bucket of the half, giving the
Hawks their largest lead, 26-16. Fellow freshman Dwayne Lee, a Saint
Anthony’s Prep standout, soared in for a lay-up to extend the lead to
11 points. Rhode Island’s Lazare Adingono’s buzzer-beating
three-pointer cut the lead to 8 points at the break, 30-22.
The Hawk’s killer defense had clamped down on Rhode Island. In the
first half, the Rams were held to 7-for-27 (25.9%) shooting. Barley
(12 pts, 7 rebs), Nelson (9 pts, 3 asst), and Carroll (5 pts) combined
for 26 of the team’s points.
Offensive rebounds kept Rhode Island in the game early on in the
second half. URI corralled 7 offensive rebounds in the first 4 ˝
minutes. Jon Clark finally made a lay-up after four offensive
rebounds allowed URI to attempt 5 shots on a single possession. The
basket cut the lead to 36-28.
Soon thereafter 6’11 Dwayne Jones put an end to URI’s inside game. In
a span of 1 ˝ minutes, Jones swatted 3 shots (5 for the game). His
interior presence enabled the Hawks to compile a 12-3 run which put
the game out of reach, 53-35. Five different Hawks scored during the
Jameer Nelson took over the rest of the way. He scored 7 of his
game-high 18 points to close out the game. He finished with 8
assists, 3 of which led to easy baskets during the 12-3 run. His
jumper in the paint gave Saint Joseph’s its largest margin of the day
at 22 points, 64-42.
In addition to Barley and Nelson, two other Hawks reached at least 8
points in the scoring column. Pat Carroll chipped in with 8 points.
Dwayne Lee also had 8 points. Big Man by Committee (Jones/Bryant/Cologer)
combined for 13 points, 15 rebounds, and 7 blocks.
Saint Joseph’s forced 15 turnovers, had 10 blocks, and limited the
Rams to 33% FG and just 53 points. On offense, they totaled 8
three-pointers and 17 assists. However, the struggles at the
free-throw line continued (11-of-19).
Philly native Dawan Robinson led URI with 16 points. Brian Woodward,
the hero in the first game against the Hawks, added 9 points.
Long-ball threat Dustin Hellenga was shutout.
Saint Joseph’s (15-3, 6-2 A-10) faces off against Villanova Monday
night at 7pm. It will be viewed by a nationwide audience on ESPN 2.
It will surely be the hottest ticket in town. Saint Joseph’s head
coach Phil Martelli has never defeated Villanova.
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