Ryan Daly scores 30 and St. Joe's holds off UConn on the road

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Ryan Daly scores 30 and St. Joe's holds off UConn on the road

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STORRS, Conn. — Ryan Daly scored 30 points as Saint Joseph’s held off UConn 96-87 on Wednesday night.

Rahim Moore added 22 points and Myles Douglas had 18 for the Hawks (2-1), who led by as many as 27-points in the first half and never trailed.

Christian Vital had 26 points for UConn (1-1) and Alterique Gilbert added 22 for the Huskies, who cut the deficit to three points in the second half before running out of gas.

The Hawks opened the game with a 14-0 run. While UConn missed its first nine shots, St. Joe’s hit five of its first seven, including three of four from 3-point range.

Gilbert paused the bleeding for a moment with UConn’s first basket, a driving layup that came more than four minutes into the game.

But a 3-pointer by Daly pushed St. Joe’s lead over 20-points at 34-12 midway through the first half and the Hawks extended that to 46-19. Daly had 21 points by halftime, hitting five of his first seven shots from 3-point range.

It was 54-38 at the break and 69-48 with 12 ½ minutes left.

UConn went to a pressing defense and quickly cut into that deficit, outscoring the Hawks 21-4 over the next four minutes. The run was capped by a driving layup from Vital that made it 73-69.

The Huskies got as close as 79-76 after two free throws from Vital. But Daly hit a 3-pointer on the other end and St. Joe’s outscored UConn 17-11 down the stretch.

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UConn is 6-3 all-time against St. Joe’s. This was the first meeting between the two schools since the first round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament. UConn won that game 89-81 in overtime, beginning their run to a fourth national title.

Saint Joseph’s made 13 of its 33 shots from 3-points range, but only 3 of 12 in the second half. The Hawks have put up 101 3-pointers in three games.

Up next 

St. Joseph’s continues its three-game road swing with a trip to Loyola Chicago

It doesn’t get any easier for UConn, which wraps up its opening three-game campus homestand on Sunday with a game against No. 15 Florida.

St. Joe's falls to Old Dominion for 1st loss

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St. Joe's falls to Old Dominion for 1st loss

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NORFOLK, Va. — Xavier Green had 18 points as Old Dominion beat Saint Joseph's 82-69 on Sunday.

Marquis Godwin had 17 points for Old Dominion (1-1). Malik Curry added 12 points. Jason Wade had 10 points for the home team.

Lorenzo Edwards scored a career-high 23 points for the Hawks (1-1). Rahmir Moore added 10 points.

Old Dominion faces Loyola (Md.) at home on Wednesday. Saint Joseph's plays UConn on the road on Wednesday.

Sixers assistant coach Billy Lange agrees to become next head coach at St. Joe's

Sixers assistant coach Billy Lange agrees to become next head coach at St. Joe's

Updated: 1:29 p.m.

Brett Brown’s coaching staff is losing a key member.

Assistant coach Billy Lange has reached an agreement to become the next head coach at Saint Joseph’s.

Lange will replace Phil Martelli, who was unceremoniously let go on March 19 after 24 seasons coaching the Hawks. The agreement was first reported by the Inquirer.

This is a tricky situation for Brown and the Sixers. It seems likely Lange will be forced to leave his current post and begin recruiting.

"I am proud of his appointment and he and his family will be missed as friends and Billy in a professional capacity, very much," Brown said in a statement. "He has been with me from day one and to see where he started and now where he has ended up, is a fantastic human and basketball story. We will be following him closely. Go Hawks."

With the departure of Lloyd Pierce to take the head job in Atlanta this past offseason, Lange has been in charge of the Sixers’ defense.

The team’s new switch-heavy scheme has had some growing pains this season — especially in the pick-and-roll. With Lange out, it will be tough to make a change with just eight games remaining. Monty Williams, who has plenty of experience in the NBA as a player and head coach, could step into the role.

For St. Joe’s, Lange seems like a solid hire. It’s going to be tough for the school to restore the goodwill it lost with Martelli, but Lange has as many local ties as anyone — if not more. 

Lange is a Haddon Heights, New Jersey, native. He has tons of Philly college hoops connections, having played for John Giannini at Rowan University and having coached under Herb Magee at Philadelphia University, Speedy Morris at La Salle and Jay Wright at Villanova. He’s also had two head coaching stints with the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and Navy.

For the Hawks, getting a coach with so much history with Philly hoops and with NBA experience seems like a good get. For the Sixers, it adds a little uncertainty to a season filled with high expectations.

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