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Hawks Lose Double-Overtime Heartbreaker

The young St. Joseph’s Hawks got let down last night in a loss to St. Bonaventure, just days after knocking off #22 Temple in a Philly 6 rival matchup.  The game went into double overtime and was one of the most entertaining games I’ve seen all year, but unfortunately the Hawks fell, 98-93.

The game was close throughout with no team seeming to get ahead significantly. Langston Galloway went off in the first half, scoring total 20 points on the night, with the majority of them coming in the first 10 minutes of the game. The Hawks shot 51% from field goal range, an exceptional 40% from long range, and a solid 81% from the charity stripe. The Bonnies shot a blistering 56% from beyond the arc to keep up with the Hawks balanced attack.

The Bonnies celebrate a win over the Hawks, one that clinched them a bye in the A10 tournament.

The Hawks had a slim 39-38 lead heading into the second half. The game went back and forth throughout the second half, but with 1.9 seconds remaining the Bonnies were up by 2.  Hawks forward, Halil Kanacevic, threw a desperation inbounds pass across half court. CJ Aiken went up for the pass, but before he touched the ball, the whistle blew. The refs called a foul on St. Bonaventure. They claimed that a St. Bonaventure player fouled Aiken on the way up for the pass. It was quite the questionable call, and with 1.9 seconds left trailing by 2 points, Aiken, just a sophomore, had a one-and-one to tie the game for his team.

With ice in his veins, Aiken knocked down both with two assuring swishes, giving himself the chance to become the hero.

With St. Bonaventure fans, players, and coaches fuming from the questionable call, the Hawks were given a second chance at attaining a crucial win. Winning this one would give the Hawks a guaranteed bye in the Atlantic 10 tournament and mostly likely an at-large bid in the NCAA tournament.

In the first overtime, the Hawks seemed they we’re going to pull away.  However, the stellar play of A-10 Player of the Year candidate, Andrew Nicholson, allowed St. Bonaventure to hang in there for another overtime, finishing up with 32 points and 14 rebounds.

The 2ndperiod of extra time was different than the last. St. Bonaventure set the tempo and won the game, 98-93.

Bonnies forward A. Nicholson bolstered his bid for A10 POY with this performances (SB.com).

I cannot even begin to praise the skill and presence of St. Bonaventure forward, Andrew Nicholson. A senior averaging 18 points a game and 8 rebounds, he is the definition of a MVP. When Nicholson leaves the court, the Bonnies are a different team. This kid can shoot the three consistently, he has a refined jump hook, and plays great defense.  He has a bright future in the NBA and in my opinion should win A-10 Player of the Year.  He also got some help from Guard/Forward Demitrius Conger, putting up a magnificent line of 16 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 assists.

St. Joe’s guards, Galloway and Carl Jones, both had 20 points, leading the way. Forward Ronald Roberts Jr. continues to make a case for A-10 6th Man of the Year, scoring 18 points, grabbing 7 rebounds, grabbing two steals, and blocking two Bonnies shots.

Now the Hawks, who are currently the 5th seed, will most likely match up with one of the weaker Atlantic 10 teams in the first round of the conference tournament.

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