St. Joe's even colder than the weather against St. Bonaventure

Posted: January 24, 2013

PHIL MARTELLI didn't see this one coming. Nothing from Monday's or Tuesday's practices or Wednesday's 8 a.m. walkthrough made him anticipate a result like this.

But as the longtime Saint Joseph's coach said after Wednesday night's game, a 73-64 loss to St. Bonaventure at Hagan Arena, "the numbers are the numbers."

The Hawks, who dropped to 1-3 in Atlantic 10 play and 10-7 overall, shot just 2-for-22 from three-point range and trailed by as many as 25 points with 4:32 left in the first half. Though they battled back from a 22-point second-half deficit to close within six multiple times late in the game, their first-half shooting woes were too much to overcome.

"If I said to you I saw that coming, I would be lying," Martelli said. "We didn't practice like that."

The Bonnies (9-9, 2-3 Atlantic 10) offered the proverbial punch in the mouth right from the opening tip, jumping out to a 12-0 lead and making their first seven shots. St. Joe's didn't do itself any favors, shooting 26.9 percent in the first half against the A-10's worst field goal percentage defense.

"We had no energy," guard Chris Wilson said. "We weren't guarding man. We had no ball pressure. We had no movement on offense. We were making ourselves easy to guard. For the first 17 minutes of that game, we were invisible. And that's really frustrating on how big of a game this was for us. It's really unacceptable."

Making matters worse, Langston Galloway, the reigning Big 5 Player of the Week who entered the game as the Hawks' leading scorer, left the game late in the first half with an abrasion of the cornea in his left eye sustained when a St. Bonaventure player accidentally scratched him diving for a loose ball. Galloway was held scoreless in his 18 minutes of play, shooting 0-for-6 from the field. Carl Jones finished with just eight points on 2-for-11 shooting, including 0-for-7 from beyond the arc.

Jones didn't start the game because of what was deemed a minor team infraction. He entered the game a little over 5 minutes in.

"We don't have a lot of rules," Martelli said. "He wanted to tweak one just a little bit . . . You hope that tomorrow he learned."

Halil Kanacevic, who had missed the prior three games because of a death in the family that caused him to travel to his native Montenegro, scored a team-high 16 points on 6-for-6 shooting.

Even though they made a late surge to make the game competitive, the Hawks weren't interested in taking that as consolation.

"No disrespect to them, but they're not the best team," Kanacevic said. "They might be middle of the pack, who knows, in the A-10. Their record speaks for itself and ours right now does, too. It's no moral victories in that."

It doesn't get any easier for the Hawks, as they host Xavier (11-7, 4-1) Saturday night.

"It's a jolt," Martelli said. "We're all on the mat, so to speak, and now we have to pick ourselves up and play a higher-level game on Saturday."

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