Saint Joseph’s falls to FSU in final of CvC Classic

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SJU junior Ronald Roberts, the A-10’s reigning Sixth Man of the Year, works on his post game in practice on October 12, 2012. (Photo: Josh Verlin)

Andrew Albert (@andrewjalbert01)

Ronald Roberts Jr. notched his third double-double of the season Saturday night, but Saint Joseph’s came up short against Florida State, losing by a score of 73-66. Roberts, who has had a double-double in each game this year, put forth 15 points and 11 rebounds in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic final at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Saint Joseph’s was playing their second game in as many nights at the Barclays Center, as they knocked off Notre Dame on Friday night by a score of 79-70 in overtime. Florida State was doing the same, as they came out on top of BYU 88-70.

Carl Jones made his season debut for the Hawks, after he was suspended for the first three games due to a “violation of the University community standards.” Jones added 13 points for Saint Joes, but was only 2-for-7 from 3-point range. While Jones did come off the bench, he still managed 28 minutes of playing time.

Jones was not the only Hawk who struggled from beyond the arc. As a team, Saint Joseph’s shot 19 percent from downtown (4-for-21), which included an ice-cold 1-for-11 in the second half. Jones was the only player to hit a 3-point bucket after the break.

The game was deadlocked at 52 at the under-12 media timeout before Florida State took the lead on a Okaro White dunk to give them a lead that they would not relinquish.

Both Halil Kanacevic and Langston Galloway were in foul trouble, and both fouled out of the game. Kanacevic’s minutes took more of a toll, as he only played 21 minutes, and only contributed six points and two rebounds. Galloway was on the court a bit more, logging 29 minutes, and adding eight points for the Hawks. Galloway was 0-for-5 from beyond the arc.

As expected, Saint Joseph’s did win the rebounding battle, coming down with 31 rebounds as opposed to FSU’s 25. The Hawks did a good job on the offensive glass, collecting 14 offensive boards.

Saint Joseph’s is back in action on Tuesday, November 20 against Ivy League opponent Harvard. First tip from Hagan Arena is set for 7:30 p.m.

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