Hawks falter once more on the road

Fordham placed four players in double-figures Sunday afternoon at home in a comfortable 69-55 win over St. Joe's, led by Mandell Thomas' 20 points. It was just Fordham's second Atlantic 10 win of the year, bringing their record to 7-16 (2-10). For St. Joe's, it was once again DeAndre Bembry leading the way with 18 points. The loss dropped the Hawks to 11-13 on the season, and 5-7 in league play.

St. Joe's entered Sunday's game at Rose Hill with as much momentum as they've had all season long. The Hawks had back-to-back wins over George Mason and Rhode Island, were winners of three of four, and had rattled off ten straight wins over Fordham. That all came crashing down Sunday afternoon, as the Hawks shot just 7-28 from three and were out-rebounded by the Rams 40-27.

As they did at La Salle and St. Louis, the Hawks got off to a torrid shooting start, knocking down five of their first seven attempts from three. James Demery opened the scoring with a right wing three, and he was joined in the mix by two threes from Chris Wilson, and one apiece from DeAndre Bembry and Isaiah Miles. After going 5-7 from downtown, however, Phil Martelli's squad hit just 2-21 the rest of the way.

Just over ten minutes into the first half, a DeAndre Bembry bucket gave the Hawks a 17-11 lead. Over the next six minutes, however, the Rams put together both a 7-0 run and a 9-0 run to seize a 29-23 lead. At the half, Fordham held a 31-26 lead. After scoring 19 points over the first ten minutes of the half, the Hawks could muster just 12 over the second half of the stanza.

The Hawks began the second half similarly to the first, quickly erasing their five-point deficit to take a 34-33 lead. In a game of runs, it was Fordham's turn, and the ensuing 9-0 run gave Fordham a commanding 42-34 lead, one that they would never relinquish, building it up to as large as 51-38. St. Joe's did make one more run, pulling within 55-49, but the Hawks couldn't get over that next hump. Down nine, James Demery had a three go halfway down before rattling out. Fordham went right down the court and scored again, putting the game officially out of reach. In the end, the Rams got their second conference win of the season, beating SJU 69-55.

Fordham had four players score in double figures, led by Mandell Thomas' 20-point, 6-assist afternoon. Freshman forward Christian Sengfelder pitched in with 15 points and 9 rebounds, and fellow freshman Erich Paschall had 10 points and 8 rebounds.

For the Hawks, it was DeAndre Bembry leading the way with 18 points on 7-18 shooting. Bembry shot just 2-9 from downtown though. Isaiah Miles was St. Joe's only other double-figure scorer, finishing with 12 points and 7 rebounds. Miles shot just 4-13 from the field, and 2-7 from three. The Hawks only turned it over 7 times, but their 35% shooting from the field, and 7-28 shooting from three, doomed them.

St. Joe's returns to action Thursday at 6 o'clock Eastern in another nationally televised game. The Hawks play at Dayton in a game that can be seen on ESPNU.

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