January 23, 2021 –
The Saint Joseph’s Hawks had a back to back series with the George Mason Patriots. The Hawks fell short again losing 71 – 62 at the Hagan Arena.
Saint Joe’s lost to Mason in double overtime on Wednesday, tying the game in regulation and making a defensive stop at the end of the first extra period. There were no such dramatics in this one, but the short-handed Hawks, via injury and foul trouble, got to within a point with 8 minutes to play. But could not get over the hump. Fresh in his mind Saint Joe’s Coach Billy Lange was able to compare the games.
“Our guys were so anxious that we didn’t play well offensively at the start if the first half as we did in our last game,” Lange said. “It was similar. They got a lead and we came back. It was over the last 8 minutes that were the difference. The biggest difference was depth.”
With 8:01 on the clock a jumper by Jordan Hall, who scored 15 points, brought Saint Joseph’s to within 48 – 47. George Mason responded with a 12 – 4 run to reestablish control of the game. The Hawks got to within 6 points late, but did not have enough as Mason pulled away.
Taylor Funk led Saint Joseph’s with 21 points. He had 5 fouls and had to be careful. Hall contribute 7 rebounds and assists.
Jordan Miller scored a game-high 18 points for Mason. Javon Greene had 13 points making 4 of 6 from beyond the arc to go along with 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Josh Oduro added 12 points and 6 rebounds.
Saint Joseph’s committed 7 turnovers and forced 15 to allow a 17 – 7 edge for SJU in points off turnovers.
Saint Joe’s (1 – 12, 0 – 7)continues to look for their first conference win of the season when the tough Richmond Spiders come to town on Tuesday.
Written By: Glenn Papazian