Xavier Finds Out That The Hawk Will Never Die

7 Mar

I’ll be honest. I love Saint Joseph’s Alumni Fieldhouse. I love that shithole. I enjoyed pickup basketball during my 4 years, I enjoyed that little workout gym, and I enjoyed that tiny little steam room. The place has a lot of memories in it, both for me and for the SJU Hawks. And last night’s game against Xavier was perhaps a fitting end for the little place that could by the little school that could, as Saint Joe’s upset #8 ranked Xavier 71-66:

The Hawks broke this one open early in the second half and grabbed a 15-point lead. The raucous crowd was chanting and stomping all game, feeling extra juiced after a pregame ceremony that brought back so many former Saint Joseph’s greats.

Rob Ferguson, who scored 13 points, sank a 3-pointer early in the second half for a 10-point lead, and Nivins converted a tough inside basket and free throw for a three-point play in front of the student section.

Tasheed Carr fell on his back after he sank a 3 from the top of the arc and Nivins’ baseline dunk made it 46-31, with all those big baskets becoming important down the stretch. Carr went 3-for-4 on 3s and had 15 points.

Xavier made a spirited run in the final minutes that nearly spoiled all the festivities. Josh Duncan sank a 3 with 15.5 seconds left that cut the deficit to 67-63. Drew Lavender, severely limited the last five games because of a sprained left ankle, hit another 3 with 7.1 to go that made it 69-66. Only the run came too late for Xavier.

“This loss is understandable. We lost to a very good team,” Miller said.

The Hawks would seal the win at the line, with the students bellowing their famed chant, “The Hawk Will Never Die!” They rushed the court and danced with the Hawks one final time.

Perfect. That’s the only way to describe this end. But it’s not really an ‘end’. The place will get a facelift and become a modern facility for the 21st century…I’ll just miss what the old place represented to me. It represented an underdog school and an underdog team that worked with what it had and gave everything it had. The student body, the players, and even the coach (ol’ baldie Martelli himself) were all terrific.

Let’s hope the ‘new’ place doesn’t lose its flavor.

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4 Responses to “Xavier Finds Out That The Hawk Will Never Die”

  1. The Red Tornado March 7, 2008 at 9:22 am #

    Memories….light the corners of my mind…misty water colored memories….Like the way we were…

  2. hooter the owl March 7, 2008 at 2:35 pm #

    oh my god i hate you.

  3. chris March 7, 2008 at 4:54 pm #

    no you don’t fake cuz adams

  4. hooter the owl March 7, 2008 at 4:57 pm #

    lines like “the little school that could” annoy me. not just you, when anyway says it. especially your cheerleader dick jerardi.

    also temple/sju nit rd. 3 = only thing to look forward to. both teams arent good enough to win the a10.

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