Pioneers clip Hawks in overtime

St. Joe's lost a tough one Monday night in Denver, falling to the Pioneers 77-73 in overtime. The loss breaks a two-game winning streak for the Hawks and drops them to 6-5 heading into Atlantic 10 play. St. Joe's got a combined 44 points from Isaiah Miles and DeAndre Bembry, but it wasn't enough, as the Hawks let a late 62-55 lead slip away.

With 5:10 to play in regulation, St. Joe's held a 62-55 lead over Denver. It wasn't enough though, as the Hawks scored only one field goal and went 1-2 from the charity stripe in the closing minutes. Denver ended the second half on a 10-3 run, and a last-second three by Isaiah Miles rattled out at the buzzer, sending the contest into overtime.

In overtime, Denver scored the first five point before Isaiah Miles responded with his fourth three-pointer of the game. St. Joe's couldn't get the stop they needed down 71-70 in the final minute. Denver's Brett Olson drilled a three to extend Denver's lead to 75-71, and the Hawks dropped a really tough game on the road 77-73 in overtime.

Brett Olson, a 6'5 senior guard for Denver, went 5-6 from three en route to his game-high 27 points. As a team, the Pioneers shot a blistering 10-18 from three and 56% from the field. On the flip side, St. Joe's got a career-high 24 points from junior forward Isaiah Miles. Miles went 4-6 from three and 8-11 from the field, dropping his 24 on an extremely efficient 11 shots. DeAndre Bembry also had a brilliant game for the Hawks, scoring 20 and collecting 8 rebounds.

For St. Joe's, the loss wasn't so bad as the fashion in which they lost. The Hawks were in control for most of the second half, leading 40-30, then later 54-45. To be in control, and really executing well offensively only to lose on the road can be tough to swallow. Offensively, it was arguably St. Joe's best game of the season. They shot 52% from the field, 6-17 from three, and 19-26 from the free throw line.

St. Joe's turned the ball over 14 times, which isn't a staggering number, but many of the turnovers came in inopportune times when the Hawks appeared ready to close things out. Those turnovers, and the inability to get stops on the defensive end, doomed the Hawks, and really blew a great opportunity.

In addition to Miles and Bembry, Aaron Brown had yet another strong outing, finishing with 12 points on 3-6 shooting in 33 minutes of action. James Demery did some good things as well, especially in the first half, when he had 6 points, 3 boards, and 2 assists. Demery didn't see the floor much in the second half, and finished with 7, 3, and 3.

The lack of positive production from the point guard and center positions is alarming, however. Chris Wilson, in 36 minutes, went 1-8 from the floor, finishing with 3 points, 7 boards, and 2 assists. Isaiah Miles finished the game with 24 points on 11 shot attempts. Wilson had just 3 points and took only 3 fewer shots than Miles. Freshman Shavar Newkirk didn't fare all that much better. He went scoreless and turned the ball over 5 times. He did, however, have a team-high 4 assists. Center Javon Baumann played only 10 minutes, and freshmen centers Jai Williams and Obi Romeo failed to see the floor.

It was a disheartening loss for the Hawks, not because they lost, but because they really allowed the game to slip away down the stretch. In his post-game press conference, Phil Martelli shared his thoughts. "This is an awful way to prepare for the conference season," Martelli stated. "It's a fruitless trip to come all this way and give the game away like that. That's unacceptable, and it's not preparation for the league."

St. Joe's begins Atlantic 10 play on Saturday afternoon at 2 pm when they host George Washington at Hagan Arena. The Hawks will enter conference play at 6-5.

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