On Sunday night, Saint Joseph's fell 66-60 at American University. The loss dropped the Hawks to 5-3 while the win improved American to 7-2.
American was led by 6'5 senior guard Charles Hinkle's 32-point and 8-rebound performance. Hinkle, who transferred to American after spending his first two years at Vanderbilt, is now averaging 23.4 points per game on the young season.
This year's Saint Joseph's team features a dynamic one-two punch in the backcourt in the form of Carl Jones and Langston Galloway. On Sunday night, the two shot a combined 7-27 for 18 points.
That type of play out of the starting backcourt will make games tough for the Hawks to win. That difficulty was compounded on Sunday by a 7-15 night at the free throw line. Halil Kanacevic was 0-4 from the line, while Ron Roberts was 1-3.
Saint Joseph's struggled in the first half defending the three point line, and on the game, American connected on 8-18 from beyond the arc. On the flip side, Saint Joseph's was 3-17 from three. Between the free throw line and the three-point line, Saint Joseph's was outscored 38-16 by the Eagles.
At the half, the Hawks trailed 38-28. After an American three extended the lead to 13, Saint Joseph's began to chip away. Back-to-back buckets by Jones brought the Hawks surging back and into a 51-51 tie. Down the stretch, a series of missed free throws and questionable shots proved impossible to overcome.
The Hawks were led by sophomore C.J. Aiken's 11 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 blocks. Aiken is currently the leading shot-blocker in America, with 5 rejections per game. Kanacevic added a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Saint Joseph's returns to action on Wednesday night against Boston University. The game is at Hagan Arena on Saint Joseph's campus at 7:00 pm.
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