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Jack McCaffery is the lead sports columnist for the Daily Times and He has spent several decades covering everything from the Phillies, Eagles, Flyers and Sixers, to college hoops, to high school sports in Delco.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Hawks' experience showing

Saint Joseph's began the Atlantic 10 season at 1-3, but has won its last three, including a 70-69 victory Saturday over Temple.

The climb, Phil Martelli calls it.

So a climb it remains for the Hawks, who have 13 wins and need plenty more to win an NCAA Tournament spot. But the way they are playing --- and the way they fought to beat Temple --- suggests that their moment has arrived.

The Hawks were built for this. They start four upperclassmen after an interesting, NIT season last year. Against Temple, in a Big 5 pip, they controlled the lane, refused to buckle, played more physical.

"Our experience is starting to show," Halil Kanacevic said.

Next, they will play at Dayton. Martelli has begun to warn of that danger. He's right. Suddenly, though, it is a challenge that the Hawks will have a good shot to handle.

Check out my column from Hawk Hill in the Daily Times Sunday and, as always, on


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