Play by play
HILADELPHIA - The vulnerability was there for the attacking.
Kitwana Rhymer goes for the rock over Damian Reid.
Backup center Alexandre Sazonov was out with a foot injury, and overall the Hawks had been struggling.
And as usual, the Minutemen came close without getting any satisfaction.
They lost their third straight game and their sixth in the last seven with last night's 72-67 setback to the Hawks.
Last night's telltale sign of trouble was the Minutemen's poor job on the defensive glass. In addition to being outrebounded 40-22, the Minutemen finished with five offensive bards to the Hawks' 18.
``That was the whole story,'' said UMass center Kitwana Rhymer, who turned in his best game in weeks with a nine-point, five-rebound performance. ``It's the only reason we lost.''
But the Minutemen (10-14, 4-9 Atlantic 10) also lost their most powerful force down the stretch. With UMass trailing by five points (63-58) with 1:06 left, Shannon Crooks used up his last foul on Na'im Crenshaw. Crenshaw hit both free throws for a 65-58 lead.
The Hawks (16-9, 10-3) went on to finish off a 9-0 run that essentially wiped the Minutemen off the board. The burst gave the Hawks a 67-58 lead with 44 seconds left and the game out of reach.
The Minutemen thus faced the last minute without their best scorer. Crooks departed with 21 points on 8-for-13 shooting, including five treys on 5-for-6 shooting to go along with three assists and three steals.
``Looking at the score, we had to foul,'' said Crooks, who also became the 35th player in UMass history to score 1,000 career points. ``Obviously, it was a good call.''
UMass coach Steve Lappas shrugged off the play's importance, saying: ``He wasn't supposed to be on Crenshaw, but we had to foul. He's also our best steal guy, and we needed a steal. That's just the way it turned out. It was an eight-point game (actually five) by then, so it was irrelevant.''
UMass started slow, falling behind 16-3 just five minutes into the game before the light went on. The Minutemen trailed by six at the half, 41-35.
Crooks and six of his UMass teammates were in the stands during Drexel's win over North Carolina-Wilmington Monday night when it was announced that Bruiser Flint had just recorded his 100th career victory.
``I didn't even know he was going for that number, but it's great,'' said Crooks, there with his current coach's blessing. ``Hey, I was a part of that.''
In addition to Crooks, Rhymer, Micah Brand, Ronell Blizzard, Raheim Lamb, Eric Williams and Jameel Pugh, a sizable group of UMass fans who travel with the Minutemen stood up and gave the pleased Drexel coach a hearty cheer when he entered the gym. . . .
UMass now has a particularly awful 2-8 road record, including just one road win against a conference opponent.
f nothing else, UMass' 72-67 loss to Saint Joseph's on Tuesday night showed that the Minutemen have not lost their drive to win.
For a team heading into the last three games of the season - the Atlantic 10 tournament its only remaining hope of grabbing some kind of postseason berth - even the most remote factor can provide cause for a rallying cry.
That's what the Minutemen (10-14, 4-9) are hoping for now, with Saturday's home game against a big Fordham team the lead-in to a Feb. 27 home game against Rhode Island, followed by the regular-season finale against the A-10's best team, Xavier, March 2 in Cincinnati.
For a team that is assured of finishing with UMass' worst conference record since 1988-89 - John Calipari's first season at UMass - there is no hope that is too far-flung.
Adding to the gloom was the Minutemen's just-completed trip to Philadelphia, where they dropped two games to the Hawks and Temple, respectively. Overall, they have lost three straight games, and six of their last seven.
``It's hard to come down here and go 0-2,'' said senior center Kitwana Rhymer. ``But we have to try and get as many wins as possible before the tournament. We have two home games coming up that we absolutely have to get.''
One of the few bright spots to come out of the Philadelphia trip was the improved play of Rhymer against the Hawks. He had nine points and five rebounds, and though Saint Joseph's destroyed the Minutemen on the offensive glass, the senior center played with the most aggression he has shown in more than two weeks.
``I responded to whatever came to me,'' he said. ``I took my time and looked for my opportunities. We didn't win, but the way we played is something we definitely have to build on. We still have the (conference) tournament to look forward to.''
Perhaps. But the Minutemen, in getting outrebounded by a horrid 40-22 margin by the Hawks, also gave up 16 offensive boards.
Beyond Rhymer's five-board performance, in addition to another five from Raheim Lamb, the Minutemen's starting lineup produced only two rebounds - both of those from power forward Micah Brand. Neither starting guard - Shannon Crooks or Anthony Anderson - had a rebound.
Conversely, the Hawks' inside duo of Bill Phillips and Damien Reid combined for 21 boards.
``You make stops and then you don't get the rebounds - that's frustrating,'' said UMass coach Steve Lappas.
HILADELPHIA - The fond memories Steve Lappas had of Philadelphia are remaining just that - memories.
Rhymer sets his sights on the goal.
St. Joseph's (16-9, 10-3) played without leading scorer Marvin O'Connor (18.3 ppg), who was taken to the hospital with a stomach virus during the day. He was later released, and no official word was given on his ailment, but food poisoning was suspected.
Look no further than St. Joseph's 40-22 rebounding advantage (18-5 on the offensive boards) as the reason for the loss.
''Totally draining,'' said UMass's Shannon Crooks, who had 21 points to go over 1,000 for his three-year career. ''You play good defense, force them to miss a shot, and then they get a rebound and force you to play another shot clock.''
Lappas, who left Villanova last season for UMass, is 0-2 in his old stomping grounds, including Saturday's loss to Temple. More important, the defeat secured the Minutemen's first losing season in the Atlantic 10 since 1988-89, John Calipari's first season.
St. Joseph's never trailed, and the game was tied only once. Trailing, 54-46, UMass used a 12-4 run to tie it at 58-58 with 4:54 remaining. Damian Reid answered with one of two foul shots for a 59-58 lead, starting St. Joseph's on a 9-0 run.
With the Hawks leading, 63-58, Crooks picked up his fourth foul. After St. Joseph's inbounded, Lappas had Crooks foul Na'im Crenshaw, sending the game's leading scorer to the bench with 1:06 remaining.
''Crooks wasn't supposed to be on Crenshaw, but we had to foul at that point,'' Lappas said. ''I think it was irrelevant. It was an 8-point game at that point.''
It was actually a 5-point game that turned into a 7-point game when Crenshaw made both. After Micah Brand missed a 3-pointer for the Minutemen, Bill Phillips hit two foul shots to make it 67-58 with 44.2 seconds left. UMass got no closer than the final score.
Crooks, who went scoreless the final 16:46, defended his coach's decision to foul.
''I thought it was a good call,'' Crooks said. ''We had to foul to get the ball back, and I was the only one near the guy.''
Crooks was UMass's only double-figure scorer. Willie Jenkins and Kitwana Rhymer had 9 apiece for UMass, while St. Joseph's got 19 points and 12 rebounds from Phillips, 16 points apiece from Reid and Crenshaw, and 11 points and 7 assists from Jameer Nelson.
UMass had a better offensive showing after a dismal effort at Temple, hitting 51 percent from the floor.
''They just got all the rebounds,'' Crooks said. ''The ball took some crazy bounces and they all went their way.''
The game started much like the Jan. 5 contest at the Mullins Center, when St. Joseph's took an 11-0 lead while UMass went the first 8:24 without a point. This time, the Hawks made six of their first nine shots in rolling to a 16-3 advantage in the first 5:09.
UMass trailed, 24-14, when its offense finally got into a rhythm. The Minutemen shot 8 for 9 over the final eight minutes of the half and pulled within 38-35 before a Nelson 3-pointer gave St. Joseph's a 6-point cushion at intermission.
The Minutemen shot 58.3 percent in the half, as Crooks went 6 of 8 for 15 points (3 for 3 from 3-point range). St. Joseph's led on the strength of a 17-11 rebounding margin, including eight offensive boards.
rematch with a team they embarrassed six weeks ago was dangerous enough. On top of that, the St. Joseph's Hawks were up against two other obstacles last night.
Rhymer winces after getting hacked by Reid.
Yet, St. Joseph's managed to get by.
Dominating the backboards throughout the game, the Hawks (16-9, 10-3 Atlantic Ten) also beat Massachusetts (10-14, 4-9) to most of the loose balls at crunch time to grab a 72-67 victory in a conference game at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse.
St. Joseph's, which missed 15 of 22 free throws in a tough loss at Xavier Saturday night, dropped in 9 of 10 from the foul line when it counted most.
"We're trying to control what we can control right now," said coach Phil Martelli, who said that he also was stricken by food poisoning but that he didn't get as ill as O'Connor. "We're in first and we're trying to stay there."
The Hawks survived by outrebounding UMass, 40-22, and by getting enough scoring balance to compensate for O'Connor's loss. Bill Phillips scored 19 points and pulled down 12 rebounds. Center Damian Reid and guard Na'im Crenshaw each added 16 points and Jameer Nelson scored 11 with seven assists.
Afterward, Reid conceded that the Hawks were a grim group on Sunday's flight back from Cincinnati following the loss to West Division leading Xavier.
"But Coach Martelli told us even though we lost, we'd played two of our best games of the season and that if we kept focused, we'd be all right," he said. "We just had to control the boards. The last two games, a tip-in here and there cost us."
The Hawks were strong at the start, when they bolted to a 16-3 lead. And they held strong at the finish, after the Minutemen, who lost by 25 when the teams met in Amherst on Jan. 6, had rallied.
UMass completed a long, slow climb back from an early 13-point deficit when Kitwana Rhymer, a 6-foot-10 senior center who failed to score in the first game against the Hawks, tied it at 58 on a three-point play with 4 minutes, 54 seconds remaining.
But Nelson and Reid, with help from backup point guard Tyrone Barley, crafted a five-point spurt that gave St. Joe's a 63-58 lead.
By halftime, the Minutemen were only three points shy of the 38 they had scored against St. Joe's in their previous meeting. The first 20 minutes, they shot a sizzling 58.3 percent and their main player, guard Shannon Crooks, had dropped in 15 points on 6-for-8 shooting. Crooks finished with 21, hitting 5 of 6 from three-point distance.
Nonetheless, St. Joe's had a 41-35 lead because they held command of the boards and seven three-pointers, three by Crenshaw.
O'Connor was released from Methodist Hospital yesterday after he was treated for nausea and headaches.
"They're pretty sure it was because of food poisoning," St. Joseph's trainer Bill Lukasiewicz said before the game. "He should be all right in a day or two."
The Hawks also were without Alexandre Sazonov for the third straight game. The 7-1 backup center is wearing a protective boot on his left foot because of stress reaction that's causing him pain.
The Hawks went into the game with a one-game lead over Temple in the East Division. They have three games remaining before the conference tourney March 6 at the First Union Spectrum.
VERY TIME YOU are certain nothing else can go wrong for the Saint Joseph's Hawks in this season where everything was supposed to go right, something else goes wrong.
Leading scorer Marvin O'Connor was not even in the Fieldhouse last night for the Hawks' late ESPN2 game with Massachusetts. Earlier in the day, he had been treated and released from Methodist Hospital for what most likely was a case of food poisoning.
The bench already had been reduced to three players who get regular minutes. Now, one of the bench players, Delonte West, had to start. Fortunately for St. Joe's, this is not the UMass of the mid-1990s. Or even close.
On this night, the Hawks were far from pretty. They did enough good things to win, 72-67. What they did mostly was win the effort stats. They crushed UMass on the boards, 40-22. The Hawks had nearly as many offensive rebounds (18) as UMass had rebounds. St. Joe's got 19 second-chance points to just five for UMass.
"There were some loose tipouts that we were able to get and therefore get extra possessions, which kind of determined the game," Hawks coach Phil Martelli said.
In 1997 and 2001, the late home game with UMass was the greatest moment of those memorable seasons. Those wild crowds had all evening to get ready and the noise never let up. This, given the circumstances of the season and the down year for the opponent, was a much more sedate crowd.
The Minutemen had scored more than 70 points just four times all season.
"We just can't shoot," coach Steve Lappas said before the game.
It turned out the former Villanova coach was wrong about his team's shooting, at least on this night. For one of the few times all season, UMass actually made shots. After missing eight of its first nine, UMass incredibly made 13 of its next 15, including five of six from the arc.
Lappas remembered at least five 8-minute periods during the season when his team went scoreless. One of those was at the start of the first game with St. Joe's on Jan. 5. UMass ended with 38 and lost by 25. UMass had 35 at the half last night, but still trailed by six.
Lappas and his family arrived back in town Friday. They spent the weekend visiting friends and going to their favorite restaurants. They had a pretty good time except when it was time to play Temple and St. Joe's. UMass never led at any time in either game. Lappas' team has now lost six of seven.
St. Joe's (16-9, 10-3 Atlantic 10) led 16-3 early and seemed in control. Appearances were deceiving. UMass (10-14, 4-9) slowly but surely worked its way back into the game.
The Hawks rushed shots for no apparent reason. They did enough things wrong to keep UMass in the game. Suddenly, it was 58-58 as the clock ticked near 4 minutes.
All season, the Hawks had lost games decided at the end. This was different.
St. Joe's scored the next nine points. UMass finally blinked and missed shots it had been making all night.
"Even though we lost a couple games [last week], we played our hearts out until the end," Hawks point guard Jameer Nelson said.
Nelson's grandmother died on Friday. He was playing with that on his mind. And he was playing without O'Connor, his running mate for two seasons.
Bill Phillips had game highs of 19 points and 12 rebounds for St. Joe's. Na'im Crenshaw and Damian Reid each had 16. Nelson had 11 points and seven assists.
Was Reid nervous when UMass tied it?
"I was nervous for about 22 seconds," he said. "I knew in my heart we were the better team, we executed better and were just supposed to win."
So they did.
"We knew we had to do it," Reid said.
UMass shot 51 percent and the Hawks just 40.7 percent. On many nights, those would have been losing numbers for St. Joe's. On this night, the Hawks got most of the loose balls and all those offensive boards.
"Take the rest of the stat sheet and throw it out the window," Lappas said pointing to St. Joe's offensive rebounds. "It's very simple."
Shannon Crooks led UMass with 21 points, but he did not score in the game's final 16 1/2 minutes. He fouled out with 1:06 left.
The Hawks, who were just 7-for-22 from the foul line in their loss at Xavier on Saturday, made eight straight freebies down the stretch.
Martelli drew no conclusions.
"We're trying to control what we can control," Martelli said. "We're still in first place in the [A-10] East."
Martelli and O'Connor ate chicken from the same restaurant Monday night. The coach got very sick in the middle of the night.
"[O'Connor] called his mother this morning and he said he was very lightheaded and very nauseous," Martelli said. "She took him to the emergency room and he basically spent his day in the emergency room. From what we understand, he was violently vomiting and had these incredible headaches."
The Hawks survived without O'Connor. They survived some bad play at times. They survived because they owned the basketball. And on a night when the team that can't shoot did and the team that can shoot did not, that was all the difference. *
HILADELPHIA - After last night's 72-67 loss to Saint Joseph's, University of Massachusetts coach Steve Lappas pantomimed the act of using his fingers to plug a leak.
"When you're not real good, if you put your finger in here," he said, inserting his right pointer to block a hole in an imaginary wall, "then it's here and then there," repeating the action with his left hand.
Tuesday's leak was rebounding. The Hawks (16-9, 10-3 A-10) dominated the boards 40-22. Saint Joseph's senior Bill Phillips outrebounded the Minutemen big man trio of Kitwana Rhymer (five rebounds), Micah Brand (two) and Eric Williams (two) by himself 12-9.
"You have to get rebounds," Lappas said. "Playing well encompasses playing well in all facets of the game. We played well on offense. We played well on defense at times, but you have to get rebounds.
"You make stops and then you don't get rebounds," Lappas continued. "That's the most frustrating thing this year, not how our big guys have scored but how they've rebounded."
Sharp shooting by the Minutemen (10-14, 4-9 Atlantic 10) nearly made up for the glass disaster. They made 26-of-51 shots and had tied the game at 58-58 with 4:54 left when Kitwana Rhymer made a free throw to complete a 3-point play.
At the other end, UMass knocked the ball away toward the Saint Joe's cheerleaders and Willie Jenkins hustled to try to save it by firing it over his head back into play. But the ball went right into the hands of Bill Phillips, who fed Damian Reid underneath where he was fouled by Shannon Crooks.
Reid made the first free throw and missed the second, but the rebound went through Brand's hands and Jameer Nelson grabbed it.
The Hawks worked the ball around the perimeter back to Nelson who hit a driving leaner to put St. Joe's ahead 61-58 with 4:18 left.
Phillips blocked a shot by Crooks and Reid hit a turn-around five-footer over Brand to make it 63-58.
After Crooks missed a 3-pointer with 1:10 left, he committed his fourth foul of the game to stop the clock. Because the Hawks weren't yet in the bonus, they inbounded from the sideline and Crooks fouled out with 1:06 left. Na'im Crenshaw made the free throws to essentially clinch the game at 65-58.
Lappas defended leaving Crooks - the leading scorer for UMass - on the floor when the Minutemen were forced to foul.
"He wasn't supposed to be guarding Crenshaw," Lappas said. "We had to foul in that situation. I don't know if it really mattered with a minute to go ... It's irrelevant at that point in the game.
"I wasn't going to take him out at that point," Lappas continued. "We went for a steal first and he's our best steal guy that we have. We were hoping somebody else would be able to foul, but that's just the way it worked out."
Crooks didn't question Lappas' decision.
"I was a little surprised at first, but I took a look at the score and the time and we had to foul," Crooks said. "It was only me right near the ball and we couldn't let any time go off the clock. I just do what coach says and hope for the best. "
The Hawks won without Marvin O'Connor, who missed the game with food-poisoning-like symptoms, but his teammates raised their play in his absence.
Phillips led St. Joe's with 19 points to go with his 12 rebounds. Reid added 16 points and nine boards, while Crenshaw scored 16.
Crooks scored 21 and reached the 1,000-point career mark as a Minuteman. Jenkins and Rhymer each had nine.
St. Joe's opened the game on a 16-3 tear, but UMass buried six first-half 3-pointers to help narrow the gape.
Led by Crooks' 15 first-half points, the Minutemen battled back. Trailing 26-16, UMass got threes from Brand and Crooks and a 3-point play from Jenkins in a 9-2 run to bring UMass within three at 28-25 with 5:21 left in the half.
The Hawks led 41-35 at halftime. That first-half total for the Minutemen nearly matched their entire scoring in the teams' first game Jan. 5, which was won 63-38 by the Hawks.
UMass will try to end its three-game losing streak at 4 p.m. Saturday against Fordham at the Mullins Center.
HILADELPHIA - Shannon Crooks needed 17 points to become the 35th 1,000-point scorer at the University of Massachusetts before last night's game against Saint Joseph's. There was reason to wonder whether Crooks, who was averaging 14.4 ppg, would get the milestone in Philadelphia or at home Saturday.
He ended that speculation quickly by scoring 15 in the first half.
The milestone point came on a pull-up 3-pointer 52 seconds into the second half.
"Maybe after I'm done playing, I'll probably be a lot more excited about that," Crooks said. "But I'm just focused on trying to end the season on a good note."
Crooks scored his 1,000th career point against La Salle Feb. 9, a figure that included 43 from his freshman year at St. John's.
Crooks became the 15th Minutemen to score 1,000 in less than four seasons. He now needs nine points to pass Tyrone Weeks to become No. 34 on the all-time scoring chart.
Crooks finished with 21 points and it was his fifth game this year with 20 or more, and the ninth time he's reached the mark in his career. He's scored in double-figures in 20 of the team's 24 games and has led the Minutemen in scoring 12 times this year.
FLINT IN ATTENDANCE: Former UMass coach Bruiser Flint, who was forced to resign after last season, was in attendance at the game. Flint, now the coach at nearby Drexel, is a Saint Joseph's alumnus.
Several UMass players attended Drexel's 68-65 win over UNC-Wilmington Monday night. That win gave Flint 100 career victories.
The Dragons are 14-12 and 11-6 in the Colonial Athletic Association.
"This was a special one because all of the UMass guys that were here," Flint said after the game.
NEXT UP: The Minutemen will play Fordham at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Mullins center. The Rams will be rested. They won't have played since they fell at St. Bonaventure, 90-84, Saturday.
TOP COP: The Atlantic 10 named former St. Bonaventure and Duquesne coach Jim Satalin coordinator of men's basketball officials. He replaces Mickey Crowley who held the position for 11 years.
MISCELLANEOUS: Raheim Lamb's five assists were a career high. ... The Minutemen shot 58.3 percent in the game, snapping a 19-game winning streak when they shot over 50 percent dating back to the 1998 A-10 Tournament in an 88-83 loss to George Washington. ... UMass is now 3-8 in televised games. Their final three regular season games all are on TV.
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OFFICIAL BASKETBALL BOX SCORE -- G A M E T O T A L S Massachusetts vs St. Joseph's 02/19/02 9:30 p.m. at Philadelphia, PA(Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- VISITORS: Massachusetts (10-14, 4- 9) TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS No. N A M E FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN 34 LAMB,Raheim f 1-4 0-0 0-0 0 5 5 0 2 5 2 0 0 18 40 BRAND,Micah f 2-5 1-2 1-2 1 1 2 4 6 1 0 0 0 27 33 RHYMER,Kitwana c 4-7 0-0 1-1 0 5 5 1 9 2 1 0 0 33 12 ANDERSON,Anthony g 3-7 2-6 0-2 0 0 0 2 8 4 0 0 0 35 30 CROOKS,Shannon g 8-13 5-6 0-0 0 0 0 5 21 3 3 0 3 34 01 JENKINS,Willie 3-6 2-5 1-1 1 1 2 2 9 2 0 0 1 15 03 BLIZZARD,Ronell 1-3 0-2 0-1 1 0 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 8 11 WILSON,Kyle 3-3 2-2 0-0 1 2 3 2 8 1 1 0 1 21 21 WILLIAMS,Eric 1-3 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 9 TEAM ........................................ 0 2 2 1 TOTALS 26-51 12-24 3-7 5 17 22 19 67 18 8 0 5 200
TOT-FG 1stH: 14-24 58.3% 2ndH: 12-27 44.4% OT: 0-0 00.0% Game: 51.0% Deadbl 3pt-FG 1stH: 6-9 66.7% 2ndH: 6-15 40.0% OT: 0-0 00.0% Game: 50.0% Rebs FThrow 1stH: 1-3 33.3% 2ndH: 2-4 50.0% OT: 0-0 00.0% Game: 42.9% 1
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- HOME TEAM: St. Joseph's (16- 9, 10- 3) TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS No. N A M E FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN 20 CRENSHAW,Na'im f 4-10 4-6 4-5 0 1 1 4 16 1 2 0 0 34 24 PHILLIPS,Bill f 4-9 3-5 8-10 4 8 12 2 19 2 0 1 1 37 25 REID,Damian c 6-8 0-0 4-6 5 4 9 2 16 0 0 1 1 35 14 NELSON,Jameer g 4-11 1-7 2-3 0 2 2 1 11 7 3 0 1 38 15 WEST,Delonte g 3-9 1-3 0-0 4 0 4 2 7 2 1 1 1 24 12 BARLEY,Tyrone 0-3 0-2 1-2 1 3 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 14 33 CARROLL,Pat 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 1 10 34 BRYANT,John 1-2 0-0 0-0 2 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 8 TEAM ........................................ 1 3 4 TOTALS 22-54 9-23 19-26 18 22 40 12 72 12 7 3 5 200
TOT-FG 1stH: 14-29 48.3% 2ndH: 8-25 32.0% OT: 0-0 00.0% Game: 40.7% Deadbl 3pt-FG 1stH: 7-13 53.8% 2ndH: 2-10 20.0% OT: 0-0 00.0% Game: 39.1% Rebs FThrow 1stH: 6-10 60.0% 2ndH: 13-16 81.3% OT: 0-0 00.0% Game: 73.1% 4, 1
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- OFFICIALS: Reggie Greenwood, Ed Corbett, Bryan Kersey TECHNICAL FOULS: Massachusetts - none St. Joseph's - none ATTENDANCE: 3,200 SCORE BY PERIODS: 1st 2nd OT1 OT2 OT3 OT4 TOTAL Massachusetts 35 32 67 St. Joseph's 41 31 72