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– For those of you keeping score at home, that’s two games in a row for Michael J. Hagan and Timothy Lannon, S.J. Good to see the turnout by the dignitaries continuing past the initial photo op.
– It’s also two straight big turnouts from the students. While there were considerable chunks of empty seats on the sides of the Arena, the student section was pretty densely packed; I’d have to say they were pushing 1,400 to 1,500. Means a lot of missed Tuesday night classes.
– Justin Crosgile, ’13, suited up for tonight’s game, though he didn’t make an appearance on the court. Team doctors were aiming to get him back into playing condition for the start of the Paradise Jam this weekend, but he appears to be a bit ahead of schedule.
– The starting five was the same for St. Joe’s tonight, with Chris Prescott, ’12, again earning the start. This one wasn’t due to a missed class by Carl Jones, ’13; Martelli appears to be sticking with what has worked. It was, however, a more confident Prescott than I have ever seen at St. Joe’s, which could be a major difference maker come Atlantic 10 time.
– The Hawk, Brienne Ryan, ’10, probably came out of the game the worst for wear of anyone on the St. Joe’s squad. At the under eight media timeout in the first half, she got absolutely planted by referee Bill McCarthy in the middle of a figure eight. McCarthy was able to shake off the hit and keep going, and Ryan eventually finished her run, albeit with a few less feathers than she started with.
– Disappointing note for A.J. Rogers, ’12, who was all set to be the 10th Hawk to enter the game in the first half, but Prescott’s missed second free throw with 47 ticks left kept him on the bench. It would have been his first minutes of the season.
– It could have been a big day for the A-10, with several marquee matchups. Temple lost on a last minute lay-in by Greg Monroe to the No. 20 ranked Georgetown Hoyas, 46-45, in the Zoloft Classic. Charlotte travelled across state to Cameron Indoor Stadium for a 101-59 shellacking at the hands of eighth-ranked Duke. Xavier took care of business with a 101-57 beatdown of Bowling Green, while Duquesne scored a victory over a major conference team with an uncharacteristically low-scoring 52-50 win at Iowa.
– Matthew De George ’10