Saint Joseph's had a relatively quick turnaround between Saturday afternoon's blow-out at Creighton and Tuesday's trip to Coppin State. The Hawks found themselves in a dogfight with Coppin State, a team that has already played USC, Texas, and Indiana in the young season. With their tough OOC schedule, they were not ready to be intimidated at home by the Hawks. And they weren't.
In fact, the Hawks found themselves trailing 31-30 at intermission. A 39-27 advantage on the boards, and a 20-6 advantage at the free throw line, ultimately proved to be the difference for Phil Martelli's squad.
St. Joe's had four players in double-digits, led Carl Jones' 15 points. C.J. Aiken turned in a strong performance for the Hawks, tallying 14 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 blocks. Sophomore point guard Chris Wilson was a rebound shy of a double-double, posting a line of 10 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 assists.
The Hawks only went eight-deep in the win, with six players logging over 20 minutes. Papa Ndao and Isaiah Miles saw spot duty. Tuesday's game was a homecoming for Baltimore native and Hawk freshman Isaiah Miles.
Junior forward Ron Roberts only played 22 minutes on Tuesday, as he is battling some soreness. As a result, the Hawks played a three-guard rotation for long stretches, with Wilson, Jones, and Langston Galloway.
As a team, the Hawks only shot 29% from three on Tuesday. That was, in a large part, due to the 3-10 three-point shooting of Tay Jones. Langston Galloway entered this season with quite a bit of national acclaim after being one of the top three-point shooters in the nation a year ago. The Hawks need to get him back on track, as he is only 12-39 from three, which puts him a clip under 31%.
Saint Joseph's has a week off now before a Big 5 battle at Villanova next Tuesday, December 11th. The Hawks are 5-2 on the year. Villanova currently sits at 4-3, with games against Temple and Penn sitting between them and their date with the Hawks.
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