Saint Joseph’s entered Wednesday night’s game at George Washington with much more on the line than the nation’s best road record, but extending that streak to 9-0 keeps the Hawks firmly in the tournament picture as this team continues what has become a potentially special season.
After the 84-68 victory, the Hawks’ only loss away from home this season came on a neutral court, against Florida in the Hall of Fame tipoff in November. But the win also maintains the program’s best start to a season, at 20-4, since the 2003-04 team went undefeated in the regular season.
Walking into Foggy Bottom as a four-point underdog and walking out with an 18-point win doesn’t happen if not for a tremendous performance from Isaiah Miles (21 points, nine rebounds) and another do-it-all game from DeAndre Bembry in his seventh 40-minute effort of the season.
George Washington cut the lead to six in the second half but Miles pushed the Hawks forward and now Saint Joseph’s, a team that started the day as one of Jerry Palm’s “first four out,” is looking more and more like a team that will end up on the right side of the bubble on Selection Sunday.