Crusaders Fall At St. Joseph's In NIT Second Round
March 21, 2005
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.