March 21, 2005

Crusaders Fall At St. Joseph's In NIT Second Round

March 21, 2005

Box Score

By DAN GELSTON
AP Sports Writer

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Dwayne Lee and Pat Carroll each scored 15 points, and Chet Stachitas added 13 to lead St. Joseph's to a 68-60 win over Holy Cross in the second round of the NIT Monday night.

The Hawks (22-11) will play in the quarterfinals Wednesday night at Texas A&M (21-9).

Three times in the second half, Holy Cross (25-7) pulled within one. Each time, the Hawks held off the Crusaders, including a leaning three-pointer by Carroll over a couple of defenders.

Dwayne Jones added a couple of nice plays in the final minutes, once converting a three-point play with a tough shot under the basket for a 51-43 lead. Then Stachitas gave Jones a nifty bounce pass for a thunderous baseline dunk and a 60-53 lead.

The Hawks survived an 11-minute stretch early in the second half without a field goal. Carroll hit a shot to open the second half, then made the Hawks next basket on a three-pointer with 8:47 left.

The drought allowed the Crusaders to chip away, but St. Joseph's did its damage from the line. The Hawks went 22-for-31 from the free throw line and Lee made 13 of 14 attempts.

John Hurley led the Crusaders with 14 points and Kevin Hamilton added 12. Keith Simmons and Greg Kinsey each scored 10.