SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) -- Terrence Mack scored 17 points and
pulled down 10 rebounds as Rhode Island upset Saint Joseph's 65-60
on Saturday, in the Hawks' first game without injured forward John
The Rams (5-20, 3-11 Atlantic 10) snapped a nine-game losing
streak with the win and prevented Saint Joseph's from clinching the
Atlantic 10 East title outright.
Pat Carroll led Saint Joseph's (15-10, 12-2) with 25 points.
The Hawks were playing their first game after losing Bryant to a
broken arm after a controversial play in Tuesday's loss at Temple.
But coach Phil Martelli refused to pin the loss on Bryant's injury
or the fallout that followed.
"We haven't been on the road for nine games, we forgot what it
takes on the road," said Martelli. "I don't think we were
anywhere near men enough to win on the road in that situation."
Martelli also refused to comment on John Chaney's suspension,
which resulted from his actions during Tuesday's game against
Angered by what he thought were illegal screens, Chaney put in
seldom-used 6-foot-8, 250 pound Nehemiah Ingram against the Hawks
to "send a message." Ingram, whom Chaney later referred to as a
"goon," fouled Bryant hard, breaking his arm. Bryant will likely
miss the rest of the season.
"Neither the players or I will comment on what went on this
week," Martelli said Saturday. "This game had nothing to do with
what went on [last week]."
Scott Hazelton added 14 points for Rhode Island, scoring five
points in the final 1:33 as the Rams held on. J.R. Moore added 10
points for Rhode Island.
Rhode Island took a 41-38 lead on Mack's 3-pointer with 12:29 to
play and led the rest of the way.
The Hawks, trailing 56-47 with 1:47 left, cut the lead to three
points, 61-58, on Carroll's 3-pointer with 16 seconds left. But
Hazelton and Jon Lucky sank a pair of foul shots each to seal the
Rhode Island held Saint Joseph's scoreless for a 5:17 stretch in
the first half and took a 17-11 lead on Will Daniels' long jumper
with 6:47 to play in the first half.
The Hawks led 29-27 at halftime.
Chet Stachitas was the only other Hawk in double figures, with
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.