Following a 13-win season in 2014-2015, expectations were low for the Hawks. That is, with everyone except themselves. With a lineup largely the same as a season ago, the Hawks came together, determined to turn heads.
They would do just that.
Behind Atlantic 10 Player of the Year DeAndre’ Bembry and A-10 Most Improved Player Isaiah Miles, the Hawks improved by 15 wins, earning a matchup with #1 seed Oregon in the round of 32 on Sunday night.
After battling through early foul trouble and some suspect calls, Saint Joseph’s strung together a 15-4 run midway through the second half to take its first lead of the game with 8:11 remaining. The Hawks would continue their frenzy, building a lead as large as seven and putting Oregon on the ropes.
In the end, however, the Ducks strung together a few solid plays down the stretch to eek out a 69-64 win over the Hawks. While the season may have come to a close for Saint Joseph’s, the Hawks left Spokane with nothing to hang their heads about.
“They came into this building as champions, they're going to leave as champions, and I've been honored to work with each of them since August,” Saint Joseph’s Coach Phil Martelli said. “And that doesn't change, the result tonight doesn't change that. We wish Oregon well going forward and hope that we'll be watching them advance to Houston.”