Playing its first game in 11 days, St. Joseph's shook off some rusty shooting tonight to overcome a 13-point deficit and beat Cornell, 71-67, at the Palestra.
The Hawks could not get a few early jumpers to fall, but they drained three three-pointers while scoring on four straight possessions late in the first half. That was enough to pull them back into the game, trailing by 33-32 at halftime.
Ahmad Nivins took control in the second half, scoring 16 of his season-high 26 points. He recorded his sixth double-double, adding 16 rebounds. Idris Hilliard also notched a double-double with 14 points and 10 boards. Darrin Govens hit several clutch shots and finished with 15 points. Ryan Wittman scored 16 to lead Cornell.