For Saint Joseph's, junior point guard Chris Wilson had a very impressive performance, scroing 18 points on 6-11 from three point range. Wilson also finished with 3 rebounds and 3 assists. Halil Kanacevic had some eye popping stats as well. While he fouled out late in the game and only had 5 points, he snagged 10 rebounds and 10 assists en route to a good all-around performance. Freshman DeAndre Bembry led the Hawks in scoring with 20 points. The starting lineup combined for 70 of the 79 points. The Hawks need to find some contributors off the bench, and will really be able to maximize their potential when Martelli finds his bench options and gets the most out of his rotations. For now, the starters look very comfortable and can go toe to toe with some of the best teams around.
It was tough for the Hawks on defense, as they were in foul trouble for most of the first half, but were able to control the fouling in the second half. The game was neck and neck the whole time, but it came down to one possession as McDermott willed his way to an And-1 for the go ahead basket with 5 seconds left. Although it was a tough loss for the Hawks, it showed that they can hang with some of the very best players and teams in the country and should look at the positives as they prepare for the next game.
Next matchup: Thursday, November 28 @ LSU
By: Dan Goggin