Jones nets 24 off bench in Hawk rout

Revenge is sweet. On Tuesday night, the Saint Joseph's Hawks downed Harvard 75-56 in a game that wasn't nearly as close as the final score may indicate. Nearly a year after a heartbreaking New Year's Eve loss at Harvard, the Hawks put that behind them on Tuesday evening and improved to 3-1 on the young season.

Senior guard Carl Jones came off the bench for the Hawks on Tuesday, in his second game back with the team following a three-game suspension. Jones was nearly unguardable in those minutes off the bench, dropping 18 of his 24 points in the Opening half. Chris Wilson got the start once again for the Hawks, but Tay did log 23 minutes, and it would have been more had the Hawks not been in such control down the stretch.

Jones paced the Hawks on Tuesday, with only C.J. Aiken joining him in double figures. Aiken had 13 points, 3 rebounds, and was credited with 2 blocks in the winning effort. As always, the number of blocks that appear in the box score is not indicative of the impact that Aiken has on the ball-game. Throughout the contest, Harvard showed hesitation and reluctance to drive the ball into the paint.

In a game that saw the Hawks' lead balloon to 40 points in the second half, the game itself didn't provide much drama. The Hawks had a 41-23 lead at the half and didn't take their foot off the accelerator until they saw that lead nearly double.

There were two story lines to follow coming out of the game, however. The first was the use of the bench by head coach Phil Martelli. Freshman Isaiah Miles was the first wing used by the coaching staff last night, ahead of sophomore Papa Ndao and junior Daryus Quarles. Quarles has started much of his Hawk career, and Ndao has a year up on Miles.

The Baltimore native saw minutes early and relatively often on Tuesday, playing 15 minutes. In that time, he had 8 points on two threes, a rebound, and a block. Moving forward, that will be something to track for the Hawks. Miles jumped Ndao and Quarles on the depth chart last night, and looked deserving of it in his minutes.

The second storyline to follow coming out of last night is the role of Tay Jones, and where he sees his minutes. Again last night he came off the bench, and had great success doing so. However, in the locker room post-game, he didn't seem enamored with that role.

"That isn't what I want to do, truthfully," Jones said to reporters in the locker room, regarding his role off the bench.

Whether he does that or not moving forward remains to be seen. The Hawks don't play again until next week, due to the Thanksgiving break. They return to action on the 28th at Hagan Arena against American.

There were a handful of noteworthy recruits in the house last night. Check Hawk Hill Hardwood later for a list of who took in the action and where the Hawks stand with those targets.

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