UNCASVILLE, CONN. - St. Joseph's coach Phil Martelli had figured out how the Hawks could compete with St. John's on Wednesday in the Basketball Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase at the Mohegan Sun Arena. And they got half of it right.
"The formula was no turnovers and [allowing] no offensive rebounds," Martelli said after the Hawks' 77-73 loss to St. John's (10-2).
"We did a wonderful job on the glass, outrebounding a team that is bigger and more athletic [48-36]. We did a great job there, but we're sitting here with 19 turnovers and only six steals [by St. John's], so that means there were 13 walks and balls thrown out of bounds."
St. Joseph's (5-6), which entered the game second in the nation in fewest turnovers (8.7 per game), committed a season-high 19. The Hawks' Shavar Newkirk scored a season-high 26 points and Pierfrancesco Oliva had a career-high 18 rebounds.