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Saint Joseph’s takes down Illinois State

Philadelphia PA: As 2015 comes to an end, most teams continue with their non conference games and that is what took place at Hagan Arena on the Campus of Saint Joseph’s University on Saturday afternoon as the Saint Joseph’s Hawks hosted Illinois State RedBirds. Saint Joseph’s comes into game with a record of 7-2 and off a overtime win over Temple on December 13 while Illinois State enters game with a 5-6 record and off a win over Illinois Chicago on December 16.

Saint Joseph’s won the tip to start the game and they would score the games first points from Aaron Brown, hawks would open up a 5-0 lead before the RedBirds got on the board with 3 pointer by Mikyle Mcintosh. The Hawks would grow an early 18-7 lead at 14:31 left in the half, then Illinois State would go on a run where they would take their first lead of the game at 22-21 with 8:13 left. Hawks would wake up increase the lead up to 18 and James Demery makes an big shot to end the half as the Hawks took a 45-26 lead into halftime.

Illinois State starts 2nd half with ball and open the scoring by Mikyle Mcintosh then the DeAndre Bembry scored the first points for the Hawks int he 2nd half. The refs were letting the teams play and both coaches were getting angry. The 3 pointers would start dropping for the hawks lead by Isaiah Miles, DeAndre Bembry as the lead would grow to 30 points, Illinois State would get charged with a Technical Foul at 7:56 of 2nd half and the Hawks took control the rest of the away as they would hold on for a 79-65 win. With the win, the Hawks go to 8-2 on the season and the RedBirds would fall to 5-7 on the season. Hawks Shavar Newkirk tied his career high in points with 13.

Final Stats:

Saint Joseph’s Hawks
DeAndre Bembry: 16 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists
Isaiah Miles: 16 points, 3 rebounds, 3-5 from 3PT Range
Shavar Newkirk: 13 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists

Illinois State RedBirds

Mikyle Mcintosh: 16 points, 7 rebounds
DeVaug Akoon-Purcell: 12 points, 7 rebounds
Paris Lee: 11 points, 4 assists

Saint Joseph’s Coach Phil Martelli