Jones scores 24 to lead St. Joseph’s over Fordham, 82-56

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PHILADELPHIA – Carl Jones scored a game-high 24 points as Saint Joseph’s (16-11; 7-7 A-10) defeated Fordham, 82-56, in Atlantic 10 action at Hagan Arena.

Jones, who was held to two points at Saint Louis earlier this week, made four of his first five three-point attempts en route to 17 points in the first half. He finished the evening shooting 9-for-15 from the field.

Halil Kanacevic added 12 points and nine rebounds for the Hawks, while Ronald Roberts, Jr., scored 10 and grabbed seven boards.

Saint Joseph’s never trailed in the game, jumping out to a 10-0 start and holding Fordham without a field goal until seven minutes into the contest. After Fordham closed to 15-9, Saint Joseph’s went on a 9-0 run to build the lead up to 24-9.

In the first half, the Hawks held Fordham to 25.8 percent from the field, and a 1-for-11 effort from three-point range to stake a 39-22 halftime lead.

Back-to-back layups by Langston Galloway and Roberts at the start of the second half gave the Hawks a 21-point margin, 43-22. SJU maintained the advantage through most of the second half. The Hawks shot 62.1 percent from the field in the half while hitting 5-of-11 three-point attempts.

Fordham scored seven straight points with over six minutes to play to cut the deficit to 64-50, but could get no closer the rest of the way.

The credit goes to the guys that no one even knows their names – our scout team of Taylor [Trevisan], Colin [Kelly], Chris [Coyne], Eric [Kindler], Isaiah [Miles] and Javon [Baumann]. They were great,” said Hawk coach Phil Martelli.  “On Thursday watched film and we digested what happened to us Wednesday night (at Saint Louis). On Friday, we had a great, spirited practice and those guys set the tone. There are sometimes when it’s too complicated for that group to get it in one day, but on Friday they were right on. That’s their win, plain and simple as far as I see it.”

Ryan Canty led the Rams with 14 points and 15 rebounds while Mandell Thomas scored 15 points.

Saint Joseph’s was without starting forward C.J. Aiken due to a bruised back and sprained wrist. It was the first game Aiken missed in his career.

The Hawks host Rhode Island in their final regular-season home game on Wednesday, March 6.

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