Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Hawks get past Rams in battle of A-10 basement dwellers

Philadelphia, PA -- Chris Wilson scored 23 points to lead his lowly Saint Joseph's Hawks to their first Atlantic 10 Conference win this season and a trip out of the conference basement in a 66-55 victory over the Fordham Rams at Hagan Arena on Wednesday night.

 DeAndre' Bembry (13 points, eight rebounds, four assists) and Aaron Brown (12 points, eight rebounds) also netted double figures for Saint Joseph's (7-8, 1-3 A-10) in the victory.

Fordham (5-10, 0-4) was led in scoring by Eric Paschall who had 16 points. Bryan Smith (14 points) and Mandell Thomas (10 points) also contributed to the Rams' scoring effort.

These two Jesuit institutions separated by a little more than 100 miles met for the 37th time overall and the Hawks won for the 10th consecutive time and upped their all-time record against the Rams to 31-6 including a 17-1 mark as a true home team.  They will meet for the second and final time in the regular season on Feb. 15 at Rose Hill Gym in the Bronx.

Neither team shot well in the opening period as the Hawks went just 33.3 percent from the field and Fordham connected on only 29 percent of its first- half tries. Saint Joseph's did knock down five 3-point tries, and held a slim 25-21 lead going into halftime.

Both teams were much better offensively in the second half, as Fordham made 52.4 percent of its tries from the field and the Hawks converted 45.8 percent of their field goal attempts. But Saint Joseph's built on its lead by connecting on 17-of-20 free-throw attempts in the closing 20 minutes, securing its first league win this season.

The Hawks dominated the rebounding battle, 42-25, and had more second-chance points (14-3) than Fordham.
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