Now it’s Paradise: Hawks topple Boston College

How do you improve on paradise? How about with some winning basketball?

The Saint Joseph’s men’s basketball team tallied their biggest win in some time with a huge 84-80 upset of Jesuit rival Boston College tonight in the Paradise Jam Tournament in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Garrett Williamson, ’10, led the way with 18 points, including the team’s final 10 points to secure the victory.  With the Hawks down 76-74 with 2:03 left, Williamson drove the lane and hit a layup to tie the game at 76. Two possessions later, Williamson was again active in the lane, laying the ball in and completing the old-fashioned three-point play from the line to give the Hawks a 79-76 lead. He would add five free throws on six attempts down the stretch to seal the win.

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Carl Jones, ’13, and Darrin Govens, ’10, each added 16 points for St. Joe’s (3-0). Chris Prescott, ’12, and Idris Hilliard, ’11, each had nine, while Charoy Bentley, ’11, chipped in seven big bench points. The Hawks had nine of the 10 players who hit the floor score, accounting for 29 bench points.

The Hawks were paced by a huge effort from three, as they converted 10 of 21 attempts (47.6 percent) from deep, including 4-6 from Govens and 3-4 from Jones. They were outrebounded 46-38 and still managed just 57 shots, but limited turnovers (11 against 13 assists), and converted 20 of 27 attempts from the line.

Boston College was led by 20 points from Joe Trapani, but he didn’t score in the last 13 minutes of the game and spent large spells on the bench due to foul trouble. Reggie Jackson had 18 points and 11 boards, while Corey Raji, back after a two-game suspension, had 11 points.

The Hawks now sit in the winner’s bracket where they await the winner of Purdue and South Dakota State. Purdue is ranked no. 7 in the nation, but is without the services of starting point guard Lewis Jackson.

-Matthew De George ’10

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