PHILADELPHIA– After an emotional 91-61 victory of St. Louis on Friday night, the Saint Joseph’s Hawks couldn’t seem to get anything going in their game against St. Bonaventure’s on Tuesday night as they fell 76-51.
“All the people that came out and braved those elements, that’s on me, not the players,” Saint Joseph’s head coach Phil Martelli said.
The result was almost the same as the previous meeting between the two where the Bonnies won 73-47 in Olean on January 9th.
“They’ve beaten us for 80 minutes,” Martelli said. “We had one lead, 3-0 tonight,”
The Hawks went 29 percent from the floor (16-55) and went 36 percent from deep (10-28) while the Bonnies shot 51 percent from the field (29-57) and 42 percent from three point range (8-19).
There was a point in the first half where the Hawks cut the Bonnies lead to 19-16 but since that point, the Hawks couldn’t seem to find an answer to the Bonnies hot shooting.
“We had to bring in two managers to practice with us in the hopes of conserving some energy but from the first play, we had none,” Martelli said. “Zero energy, and it turned up on the defensive end and we’re walking out of here shooting 29 percent in our own building,”
Prior to the game, the Hawks learned that they would be without redshirt senior forward Markell Lodge for the rest of the season after he underwent season-ending surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb. In 22 games, Lodge averaged 2.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg, and one bpg on 12.9 mpg.
Surely, the loss of Lodge didn’t help tonight as the Hawks went 6-27 inside the arc.
“We had no juice to get by anybody,” Martelli said. “Our goal here was to put the ball in the lane and to play off of the lane, the game up there, we missed our first 11 shots but we put the ball in the lane and we were able to get cleaner looks, 6-27 and 9-18, that’s just not quite the level you need to play.”
Leading the Hawks in the scoring column tonight was senior guard Chris Clover, who scored 11. Junior wing Charlie Brown also had 11, though he went 4-17 from the field.
The loss drops the Hawks to 11-14 overall and 4-8 in A10 play. Up next for them are three straight road games. At Davidson on the 15th, at UMass on the 23rd, and at Fordham on the 27th.
With the loss of Lodge and with guard Lamarr Kimble out indefinitely with a hand fracture, Martelli is going to have to rely on a seven-man rotation.
If tonight was any indication, the players lacking energy from the jump is not a good sign going forward in the dog days of the college season.
“We didn’t have our legs,” Martelli said. “We scored 51 points at home, shot 29 percent,”
“We got pounded, there’s nothing I can say about that.”