"We just scored 40 points as a Division I team," Martelli said. "Both teams grinded it. . . . The grind was hard to watch. There's nothing I can tell you. You saw what you saw."
Guard Langston Galloway finished with 13 points to lead the Hawks, but 10 of those came in the first half as the junior went just 1 for 4 from the field in the final 20 minutes.
"We didn't have a very good first half. He was one guy that managed to score," Martelli said. "He's supposedly an all-league caliber player. Grinding, grinding. I'm not excusing that, but that's what it was."
Both teams struggled in the first half, with the Hawks and 49ers combining for just 15 made shots from the field, but St. Joseph's managed a 19-18 lead at intermission.
The Hawks couldn't get anything going in the second half, either, shooting 6 for 26 from the field. Charlotte outrebounded St. Joseph's 23-18 in the final 20 minutes and 42-30 for the game.
The 49ers earned the No. 9 seed in the A-10 tournament and play Richmond on Thursday at noon.
"We were desperate not to be considered average, 8-8's average," Martelli said. "That was a step backwards."