PHILADELPHIA, PA. 1/31/2017 – The Saint Joseph’s Hawks came into the game intending to build on Saturday’s win over La Salle. Saint Joseph’s is trying to move up in the Atlantic 10 standings,and Davidson is a team they are trying to catch. It didn’t happen as Davidson Wildcats were too efficient on offense, and Saint Joe’s was not. The Hawks fell 75 – 60 at the Hagan Arena.
The Wildcats made just under half of their shots and were led by Peyton Aldridge with 31 points. 3 under his career-best, and he added 13 rebounds. Aldridge is the second leading scorer in the conference and fellow Wildcat Jack Gibbs, who has hampered, is the leading scorer. He had 2 points, but managed to hand out a game-high 7 assists.
“Aldridge, that’s what an all-league player looks like, and what an all-league player does,” said Saint Joseph’s Coach Phil Martelli. “We had no answer and we didn’t give ourselves a chance.”
Davidson had 14 assists on 28 field goals.
Saint Joe’s went 21 – 61 from the floor (34.4%). Missed layups were a big problem for SJU.
“Missing a layup is not just two points, it hits you like a bat,” said Martelli. “And we missed seven dead ones.”
“Sixty one shots is enough shots, but just shoot a layup.”
Davidson got off to the good start establishing a double-digit lead and held a 10-point advantage at intermission. The Wildcats shot 53.6% in the first half.
In the second half the Hawks made comeback attempts, getting to within 8 with 7:50 to play on two free throws by Charlie Brown who had 14 points. It seemed like the Wildcats had a response making it tough for SJU to play from behind.
“It was tough because we didn’t have all of our options,’ said Brown. “We have to make shots.”
“They set their guys up in good positions and have great ball movement, so starting slow is a great challenge against Davidson,” Lamarr Kimble said.
Free throw shooting is a problem for Saint Joseph’s who came into the game shooting 68.4% from the line. They made just 15 of 25 in the contest.
Kimble led SJU with 18 points. James Demery was suffering the effects of illness and scored 4 points in 18 minutes.
Davidson got 14 points from Jon Axel Gudmundsson and 13 from Will Magarity.
The Hawks missed a chance to move up in the standings (10 – 11, 3 – 6), and are in 11th place. Davidson improves to 4 – 5 in the Atlantic 10, tied for 8th at this minute.
SJU entertains Fordham on Saturday.
Written By: Glenn Papazian