At 5 o'clock today, the Hawks look to snap a two-game losing streak, when they play their third consecutive road game of the week at Princeton. On Wednesday, the Hawks were bullied on the boards in a 62-50 loss at Drexel. Drexel big man Daryl McCoy had a career day, scoring 15 points and collecting 18 rebounds. Saint Joseph's was outrebounded 41-19 for the game. Another key stat was Drexel shooting 25 free throws compared to 11 for the Hawks.
With less than 48 hours to catch their breath, the Hawks traveled to the Main Line for a Friday night Holy War date with Villanova. In the 71-60 loss, Saint Joseph's was outrebounded 45-32. SJU was led on Friday by Carl Jones' 19 points and 5 rebounds. Freshman Daryus Quarles had one of his best games in his young career, scoring 12 points on 3-3 shooting from beyond the arc.
Seven games into the season, the 3-4 Hawks have shown glimpses of great promise, while also making mistakes and mental lapses typical of such a young team. Rebounding has been a concern so far this season, with the team averaging just under 34 boards a game. This ranks them 254th nationally in rebounds per game. Princeton isn't nearly as strong on the glass as Drexel, Villanova, or Western Kentucky. The glass could be a deciding factor in today's game, with the Hawks looking for a win before facing nationally ranked Minnesota at home on Wednesday.