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Saint Joseph's Hands Holy Cross a 2nd-Round Loss

Associated Press
Tuesday, March 22, 2005; Page D08

Dwayne Lee and Pat Carroll each scored 15 points, and Chet Stachitas added 13 to lead Saint Joseph's to a 68-60 win over Holy Cross in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament last night in Philadelphia.

The Hawks (22-11) will play in the quarterfinals tomorrow night at Texas A&M (21-9).

_____NIT Second Round_____

Cal State Fullerton at Georgetown

Records: Titans 21-10; Hoyas 18-12.

When: 7 p.m.

Where: McDonough Arena.

TV: ESPN.

Radio: WTEM-980.

Tickets: Sold out.

Data: An extra set of bleachers has been set up behind one of the baskets inside McDonough Arena, bringing the seating capacity to 2,600. The Hoyas are looking forward to playing in their on-campus arena, where they have not lost since a 63-52 defeat to Connecticut in 1982. "We're going to get a taste of the home-court advantage," said senior Darrel Owens, who is averaging 14.7 points and is shooting 57.1 percent (12 for 21) from beyond the arc in his last three games. "We're used to these baskets, so hopefully our shots will be falling like they always do in practice." The Titans, meantime, are on the road for their third straight NIT game, having won at Oregon State in overtime (85-83) and at San Francisco (85-69) last week. Fullerton, which is enjoying its best season since 1977-78, is down to eight healthy players after senior forward Ralphy Holmes, the Big West's second-leading scorer and top rebounder, injured his left knee against San Francisco.

-- Camille Powell

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Three times in the second half, Holy Cross (25-7) pulled within one. Each time, the Hawks held off the Crusaders, including a leaning three-pointer by Carroll over a couple of defenders.

Dwayne Jones converted a three-point play with a tough shot under the basket for a 51-43 lead. Then Stachitas gave Jones a nifty bounce pass for a thunderous baseline dunk and a 60-53 lead.

The Hawks survived an 11-minute stretch early in the second half without a field goal. Carroll hit a three-pointer to open the second half, then made the Hawks' next basket on another three with 8 minutes 47 seconds left.

• TEXAS CHRISTIAN 78, WESTERN MICHIGAN 76: In Kalamazoo, Mich., Corey Santee scored 26 points to lead the Horned Frogs past the Broncos in overtime in a second-round game.

Santee hit six three-pointers, including one in the first minute of overtime that put Texas Christian (21-13) ahead for good.

A steal and layup by Western Michigan's Ben Reed with nine-tenths of a second left in regulation forced overtime. Reed led the Broncos (20-13) with 26 points.

• VANDERBILT 65, WICHITA STATE 63: In Nashville, Corey Smith hit a layup as time expired to give the Commodores a second-round victory over the Shockers (22-10).

Vanderbilt (20-13) will play at Memphis tomorrow night.


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