Back-to-back three pointers down the stretch by Carl Jones provided just enough separation for the Hawks (8-4) to hold on and beat Morgan State (3-8), 70-60.
Jones knocked down back to back three pointers with under five minutes remaining in the second half to put the Hawks up on top of the Bears by 13 . Morgan State wouldn’t get within eight of Saint Joseph’s after that point and Saint Joseph’s held on to win by 10.
The Hawks’ senior guard finished the game with a game high 17 points and shot three for four from behind the three point line. Jones also added three rebounds, three assists and committed just one turnover for the Hawks.
Halil Kanacevic once again came off the bench for the Hawks in his second game back from his suspension and sophomore guard Chris Wilson continued to start in his place. After Kanacevic struggled in his first game back against Drexel, he looked much more comfortable against Morgan State. He scored seven points on three of five shooting and tied a season high with 12 rebounds.
Wilson had another solid game as a starter for the Hawks and did a little of everything on Saturday. He finished the day three for four from the field with eight points, five rebounds, four assists, and three steals.
Saint Joseph’s cut down on their three point attempts Saturday as they took just 18 of their 63 shots from distance. Both Kanacevic and Ronald Roberts Jr. were able to provide offensive balance for the Hawks against Morgan State.
Roberts recorded a double double against the Bears, scoring 12 points and pulling down 11 rebounds. He was able to get to the rim against the Bears, something Hawks coach Phil Martelli has been stressing to his team. Roberts made six field goals in the game and five of them were dunks.
Morgan State was led by their top scorer Dewayne Jackson who finished with 16 points on just 5-20 shooting. Justin Black also struggled from the field for the Bears as he shot just 5-19 and finished with 11 points.
Anthony Hubbard didn’t score in double figures, but Morgan State’s leading rebounder had a nice game and finished with seven points and seven rebounds.
Morgan State took 16 more shots than Saint Joseph’s in the game (79-63) but the Bears shot just 30 percent from the field as a team in the game. Saint Joseph’s was also out-rebounded by Morgan State 41-39 and the Hawks turned the ball over nine more times than the Bears in the game.
This was the final tuneup for Saint Joseph’s before they begin Atlantic 10 play next Wednesday against 17th ranked Butler at home. Tip-off between the Hawks and the Bulldogs is set for 7 p.m. EST.