La Salle came into today's game on a 9 game losing streak looking to find some traction after a couple below average showings. But Saint Joseph’s wouldn’t let that happen, as the Hawks led for the entire game and by as much as 30, in their. La Salle was able to cut it to 12 in the early portion of the second half, but they could not find a way to stop the potent scoring punch of Saint Joseph’s
What went well?
DeAndre’ Bembry got off to a hot start, scoring all of his 13 points in the first half, while finishing with 9 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal. James Demery gave the Hawks a spark off the bench with great defensive pressure and finished the game with 17 points, 2 rebounds, and 3 steals. However, it is hard to pinpoint a star for the Hawks, as this game was a complete team effort. Despite the record of the Explorers, this is a game for the Hawks to build off of.
La Salle was able to chip at Saint Joseph’s lead for much of the first half and the early portion of the second half. This was thanks to some streaky shooting by Cleon Roberts, who was able to knock down 3 three pointers and finish the game with 17 points. He was a bright spot in game that will be tough to swallow for the Explorers.
What didn’t go well?
On double teams in the post, Saint Joseph’s got lost a couple times, resulting in open shots for the Explorers. Rotations need to be quicker for the Hawks if they want to compete for an Atlantic-10 championship.
La Salle could not find a way to slow down the Explorers, as they allowed the Hawks to score 88 points and shoot 51.7% from the field. Coach John Giannini tried everything he could to fix the problem. The Explorers began the game in zone and later transitioning to soft man defense to many different variations of man defense. But nothing could work for the squad as the Hawks were able to hit 70 points by the 8 minute mark in the second half.
Saint Joseph’s hosts Dayton, while La Salle faces St. Bonaventure. Both games are scheduled for next Wednesday. The Hawks face a gigantic test against the Flyers, who are the top team in the A-10. Likewise, a win against 16-6 St. Bonaventure could give the team some confidence going into the A-10 tournament.
-La Salle loses to UMass in the first round of the A-10 tournament