The St. Joseph's Hawks lost their second game in a row on Wednesday night. Sorry second half play clipped them, and they fell by a final score of 68-55 in Cincinnati.
The Hawks led by two points, 39-37, after the first half, but they could muster only 16 points in the second half compared to 31 by the Musketeers. Xavier played a physical second half that included a 14-0 run at one point. The Hawks were also without Carl Jones, the leading scored in the A10, which proved to be too much to overcome. Jones sprained his left ankle in their last game, a road loss to Massachusetts.
Xavier has not lost at home since Feb. 28, 2006.
Without Jones, the Hawks turned to sophomore forward Ronald Roberts, Jr., who scored 14 points off the bench. Sophomore guard Langston Galloway also had 14 points on the night. Halil Kanacevic scored 13 points and had 14 rebounds to go with five assists and four steals.
The Hawks continue their road trip on Saturday against the Pennsylvania Quakers. The loss moves them to 2-3 in conference play and 12-7 overall.