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Hawks Survive Bonnies Without West

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Saint Joseph's University Basketball

St. Joseph's Hawks
19-4 (9-3 Atlantic Ten)

by Patrick Wandalowski

February 22nd, 2003

SJU- Dayton Recap Below

Sophomore Pat Carroll and reserve Tyrone Barley combined for 32 of Saint Joseph’s 38 second half points to help the Hawks hold off a pesky Saint Bonaventure squad 76-72.

 

Saint Joseph’s star guard Delonte West did not play.  West, the A-10 leader in scoring for conference games only, was sidelined with a leg injury.  Sources from Saint Joseph’s termed the injury a stress reaction as opposed to a stress fracture.  The timetable for his return is unknown at this time.

 

For the second time this season, Tyrone Barley filled in admirably for West.  Barley scored 15 points and led the Hawks with 5 assists.  Barley had some success in his other start against Rhode Island.  Then, he had 14 points and 10 rebounds in the 16 point victory over URI.

 

Jameer Nelson had a sensational first half.  On 3 possessions in the first half, Nelson scored 10 points.  He made 3 three-pointers, the last on which he was also fouled.  He sank the free throw to give the Hawks a 22-14 lead.

 

Saint Bonaventure closed the half with a 28-16 advantage.  Against the Hawks’ stingy defense, the Bonnies stunned the home crowd by making their last 9 FGs of the half.  Marques Green converted both free throws off a Saint Joseph’s technical to make it 42-38 at the break.  The Hawks were whistled for an illegal substitution coming out of a timeout just before the half.

 

The first half for the Bonnies was all about their reserves.  Role players Ahmad Smith and Joe Shepherd combined for 21 points.  Marques Green added 8 points.  The Bonnies made 5 three-pointers and shot a robust 53% for the half. 

 

As for the Hawks, Nelson kept his team in the game with 21 points.  Carroll netted 7 points in the half.  Both teams had too many turnovers (STB 8 vs. STJ 9).

 

The Hawks opened the second stanza on an 8-0 run.  That gave the Hawks a 46-42 lead, a lead they would only relinquish one time in the second half.  The Bonnies opened up the half with cold shooting (0-6 FG).

 

Another reserve, Mo Young of SBU, gave the Bonnies their only lead of the second half with a three-pointer, 60-59.  Then the blunt of the Pat Carroll show took place.  Carroll nailed his 5th, 6th, and 7th three-pointers of the game.  The threes built the Hawks’ lead to 6 points, 68-62 with 4 minutes to play.

 

After SBU’s Mike Gansey cut the lead to 68-64, Jameer Nelson did what he does best.  He took and made the big shot.  Then Gansey hit a critical three-pointer to cut the lead to 70-67.

 

The Hawks overcame a team weakness to secure the win.  Barley, Nelson, and Carroll made all 6 of their free throws.  For the game, Saint Joseph’s made 12-of-14 free throws.

 

Late in the game, the Hawks went to a 5 guard lineup to avoid having the ball in one of their big man’s hands.  Although the Hawks are a poor free throw shooting team, it is a little misleading.  Take away John Bryant (46%) and Dwayne Jones (31%) from the equation and Saint Joseph’s shoots 74.2% from the FT line instead of 66% with Bryant and Jones.

 

Pat Carroll led the Hawks with 27 points on 9-for-17 shooting from the field.  In addition to his 7 three-pointers, the wing guard collected 7 rebounds and also had 3 assists. 

 

Jameer Nelson had 25 points, a game-high 9 rebounds, and 4 assists.  He had yet another huge game against the Bonnies.  Saint Joseph’s is 6-0 against the Bonnies during Nelson’s tenure on Hawk Hill.

 

Dwayne Jones had 5 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 blocks.

 

The Hawks made 14 three-pointers.  They won the rebound battle (36 to 29).  They had 18 assists.  After allowing SBU to make 53% of their FG in the first half, the Hawk D held the Bonnies to 34% in the second half.

 

Smith and Shepherd, who combined for 21 points in the first half, were held scoreless in the second half.  Marques Green lead SBU with 18 points, 8 assists, and 6 rebounds.  He is the 2nd best point guard in the A-10.  Mike Gansey added 13 points.

 

Saint Joseph’s (19-4, 9-3 A-10) looks to sweep the Big 5 on Monday night.  LaSalle will be a formidable challenge.  A win would most likely clinch a bye for the Hawks in the A-10 tourney.


 

Dayton Knocks Off Saint Joseph’s

 

The Dayton Flyers remained perfect at home after defeating A-10 East leader Saint Joseph’s 66-56.  Four Flyers reached double figures in scoring: Brooks Hall 13, Ramod Marshall 12, Sean Finn 12, and Mark Jones 10.  Dayton is now 13-0 at home.

 

Dayton led for most of the game and held off a late charge led by Delonte West.  The closest the Hawks came was trimming the lead to 5 points at the 4:00 mark.  The score was 52-47.  Three critical plays led to Dayton holding off the rally. 

 

The first was when a hand-check foul was whistled on a Hawk defender guarding the ball about 75 feet from the basket.  Brooks Hall, a former Ohio Mr. Basketball, calmly sank both ends of the one-and-one.

 

Secondly, a red-hot West tried to answer with a three-pointer and was fouled across the wrist.  No foul was called.  Dayton hauled down the rebound.

 

And lastly, West missed a baseline 2-foot floater that could have made the end of the game interesting.

 

Dayton attained a 30-22 halftime lead.  Aside from the play of Jameer Nelson, the Hawks had little to offer in the first half.  The Hawks’ two best perimeter shooters (West and Pat Carroll) combined for a mere 3 FG in 13 attempts.  Saint Joseph’s big men Alex Sazonov and Dwayne Jones were painfully awful in the half.  The duo registered nearly 10 mishaps, all unforced errors ranging from stepping on the baseline to traveling to simply not being able to hold onto the ball.

 

Dayton was effective in the half on both sides of the ball.  Dayton defenders (Hall, Marshall, and Jones) made the Hawks’ perimeter players take contested shots at all times.  On offense, the Dayton frontcourt set many effective screens which allowed back-door cuts or shooters to get wide-open.

 

The last lead Saint Joseph’s would take was at 7-6.  The Flyers then rattled off 11 unanswered points including a Hall 4-point play.  Turnovers and offensive rebounds were critical.  Through 12 minutes, the turnover differential favored the Flyers (7 vs. 1).  Back-to-back threes by DJ Stelly and Marshall gave UD a 27-13 lead.

 

Dayton center Sean Finn was bull’s-eye accurate.  He had Dayton’s first 4 points of the second half.  At game’s end, he was 4-4 from the field and 4-4 from the FT line.  Finn and power forward Keith Waleskowski are a dimension the Hawks lack.  They form a good frontcourt.  If Hall and Jones are not hitting the outside shot, they allow UD to pound the ball inside.

 

Back-to-back three-pointers by Hall and Marshall gave the Flyers a 40-26 lead.  Every time the Hawks challenged, Dayton had an answer.

 

Hawk fans were hit with a scare when Jameer Nelson landed awkwardly on his hip and/or backside at the 7:00 mark.  He sat out a few minutes but later returned.  Nelson had a good day with 16 points and 5 rebounds.  He was not credited with a single assist.  West’s cold first half and Carroll’s cold day led to the zero in the assist column.  So too did a few drops by the big men.

 

West almost single-handedly took the lead for the Hawks.  West had 21 second-half points.  During an 8 minute span, he accounted for 13 straight Hawk points. 

 

Dayton (18-4) made enough free throws down the stretch.  The Flyers won the boards (40 to 31).  They limited the Hawks, a great passing team, to only 5 assists.  That was 19 assists less that what the Hawks recorded in the previous game.

 

West’s 26 points led Saint Joseph’s.  Nelson had 16 points.  Reserve Chris Cologer (4 points) was the only other Hawk to have more than 2 points.  The Hawks were 18-for-56 (32%) for the game.

 

Saint Joseph’s (18-4) season will go down to the last game for NCAA purposes.  Assuming they need 21 regular-season wins to attain the at-large bid and assuming a loss to Xavier, the Hawks need to win 3 of their 4 remaining games.

 


 

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