The shooting was ugly. There were chippy plays, including two Flagrant 1 fouls called against Saint Joseph’s. And, of course, Rhode Island Coach Dan Hurley was called for a technical foul for his typical antics.
In the end, Saint Joseph’s picked up a 64-55 win over Rhode Island in a tough road contest, the Hawks’ seventh straight win and 14th in their last 15 games.
Things would get chippy early in the second half, with Isaiah Miles being whistled for a Flagrant 1 foul just 56 seconds in after elbowing Kuran Iverson in the head. Iverson would be taken to the locker room and moments later Hurley would be called for a technical.
Rhode Island would open the second half with five straight points from Jarvis Garrett to cut the Hawks’ lead to just six, but Saint Joseph’s would respond with an 18-4 run to open up a 20-point lead against the Rams.
The Rams would refuse to go away, however, cutting the Hawks’ lead to just 54-45 with 4:20 remaining in the contest.
Saint Joseph’s would maintain its poise over the final minutes of play though, picking up a 64-55 road win to improve to 18-3 on the season and 7-1 in Atlantic 10 play.
The Hawks were led in the win by Miles, who recorded 17 points and eight rebounds. DeAndre’ Bembry would add a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Shavar Newkirk pitched in 12 points of his own.
While picking up a tough road win is always nice, the Hawks left plenty of room for improvement, shooting just 1-for-15 from beyond the arc and turning the ball over 13 times while recording just four assists.
Next up for Saint Joseph’s is a matchup with St. Bonaventure on Wednesday at home.
For further entertainment, search Dan Hurley on Twitter to see just how crazy most people agree he is. Yes, they are mostly Saint Joseph’s fans, but still, it’s amusing.
By: Kyle Babcock
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