UMass Falls To Saint Joseph's, 59-52
Jan. 12, 2005
By DAN GELSTON
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Dwayne Jones scored 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and Dwayne Lee had 12 points to lead Saint Joseph's to a 59-52 win over Massachusetts on Wednesday night.
The Hawks (6-6, 3-0 Atlantic 10) have put a disastrous non-conference season behind them, using a perfect start to the conference season to move back to .500 for the first time since Dec. 11.
Chet Stachitas added 11 points for the Hawks, who forced 14 turnovers.
Anthony Anderson scored 14 points for UMass (7-6, 1-2), which was coming off its longest homestand since the 1930-31 season and playing their first road game in exactly one month since heading to Miami Dec. 12.
Tonight's game was also the third time this season UMass has faced an Elite Eight team from a season ago. Massachusetts has recorded wins over UConn and Xavier both of whom belong to that group.
After missing all six of their 3-point attempts in the first half, the Minutemen used the long ball to hang with the Hawks in the second. Saint Joseph's led by 11 midway through before Anderson hit three 3-pointers and Maurice Maxwell had one to make it 46-43.
Jones sank a free throw, came up with a big blocked shot, and then sank two more free throws to give the Hawks a six-point cushion. Jones, who leads the A-10 in rebounding and blocked shots, had his sixth double-double of the year and helped the Hawks hold a 38-27 rebounding advantage.
Anderson's fourth 3-pointer in as many attempts cut the margin to 56-52 with 25 seconds left, but Stachitas and Lee made three free throws in the final seconds to seal the win.
Pat Carroll hit three 3-pointers for nine points in the first half and Jones also had nine points, including an out-of-nowhere dunk off a Lee miss to give the Hawks a 29-20 lead at the break.
The Hawks came in 317th in the nation in free-throw shooting (58 percent) and went a modest 19-for-29 from the line.