Hawks sneak by Rams

Hawks sneak by Rams

BRONX, N.Y. - Carl Jones scored a team-high 19 points and went 7-for-8 from the foul line in the final minute to give Saint Joseph's a 66-62 win over Fordham in Atlantic 10 action at Rose Hill Gym.

Halil Kanacevic had 12 points and seven rebounds while Chris Wilson and Ronald Roberts had 10 points each for Saint Joseph's (12-7; 3-3 A-10).

In a game that saw 23 lead changes, Fordham (6-15; 2-4) took a 60-59 lead on a layup by Ryan Canty with 1:30 to play. But on the Hawks' next possession Jones was fouled on a drive and converted both free throws to give SJU the 61-60 lead. Branden Frazier put Fordham back on top, 62-61, with a pair of free throws at :48.

But Jones was sent to the line again at :33 and converted both to give the Hawks the lead for good, 63-62. Frazier missed the front end of a one-and-one at 26.7 seconds and Jones hit one of two free throws at 20.8 seconds to increase SJU's lead to 64-62.

On Fordham's next possession, the Rams committed a turnover at 7.9 seconds and Jones was again sent to the line. He converted the pair at 7.6 seconds to preserve the 66-62 win.

Saint Joseph's biggest lead of the second half, 50-45, came on a dunk by Kanacevic and three-pointer by Wilson.

The Hawks got out to a quick 9-0 lead in the first half, but Frazier would score 10 of 12 points for Fordham over a three-minute span. The Rams finished with a 15-6 run that gave them the 17-15 lead. With SJU leading 20-17, Fordham went on a 7-0 run. The Hawks went scoreless for close to six minutes, but stayed within reach of the Rams and ended the half with a dunk by Aiken to trail, 30-28.

Saint Joseph's, which had Roberts and Langston Galloway (6 points) each battling a stomach virus, shot 54.5 percent in the second half. The Hawks connected on 6-of-9 three-pointers in the second half, after going 1-for-12 in the first half.

"A road league win is what we have to take. We have been battling some illnesses with Roberts and Galloway but everyone's dealing with that at this time of year. I thought Fordham dictated the pace. Even when we had a five point lead, we didn't really have much breathing room," said SJU coach Phil Martelli. "There are a lot of individual plays that were made. For the collective group to get on the bus with road, league game win, we'll take that."

"That's a young team (Fordham) that played with a lot of energy and a lot of fervor and for the most part, we answered that," continued Martelli. "When you shoot 1-for-12 from the three-point line in the first half, you're not going to look very good. But the spurt at the end of the half that was a big deal. I thought Halil came up with a real calm game and that helps us."

Frazier led all scorers with 24 points and Mandell Thomas chipped in with 17 for the Rams.

The Hawks will host A-10 and Big 5 rival Temple on Saturday at Hagan Arena in a 6 p.m. game.

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