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Carl Jones Climbing Hawk Hill

Carl Jones Climbing Hawk Hill

Carl Jones Climbing Hawk Hill

St. Joe´s Carl Jones up for a shot against Iona during the second half at the Hagan Arena in Philadelphia, Friday, December 28, 2012. (Steven M. Falk/Staff Photographer)
St. Joe's Carl Jones up for a shot against Iona during the second half at the Hagan Arena in Philadelphia, Friday, December 28, 2012. (Steven M. Falk/Staff Photographer)

Most hills are harder to climb the nearer to the top you ascend. Not so on Hawk Hill.

Only 111 points separate the 11 places from 3rd to 13th on Saint Joseph's men's all-time scoring list. And Carl Jones began taking those steps in the Hawks' loss at Dayton Wednesday.

Jones, who entered the season 19th on the team's list, began the night with 1,675 points, and proceded to pass Marvin O'Connor (with point No. 4), Rodney Blake (5), Bob Lojewski (8) and Mike Bantom (10). He slipped by the first three in a playing-time span of 2:37 early in the second half, then hit a three-pointer with 4:15 remaining to pass Bantom and move into eighth place.

He is now 39 points behind the pair (Maurice Martin, Norman Black) that are tied for seventh (1726) and 102 out of third (Ahmad Nivins, 1789).

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The Hawks have at least eight games left, as well as the Atlantic 10 Tournament (if they don't finish in the bottom four in the conference) and a possible slot in one of the gazillion postseason tournaments there are these days. So, barring injury, Jones has a pretty good shot at that third slot.

Happy Climbing, Carl!!!

 Rk.    Player  Seasons      GP   Pts.
   1.  Jameer Nelson  2000-04  125    2094  
   2.  Bernard Blunt  1990-95  119  1985
   3.  Ahmad Nivins  2005-09  127  1789
   4.  Craig Amos  1988-92  114  1735
   5.  Tony Costner  1980-84  120  1730
   6.  Cliff Anderson  1964-67    84  1728
 Maurice Martin
 Norman Black
   9.  Carl Jones  2009-13  116  1687
 10.  Mike Bantom  1970-73    84  1684
 11.  Bob Lojewski  1981-85  116  1682
 12.  Rodney Blake  1984-88  116  1679
 13.  Marvin O'Connor    1999-02    89  1678
 14.  Boo Williams  1977-81  115  1554
 15.  Pat McFarland  1970-73    84  1545
 16.  Dan Kelly  1967-70    80  1524
 17.  Mike Hauer  1967-70    78  1496
 18.  Carlin Warley  1991-95  114  1480
 19.  Paul Senesky  1947-50    71  1471
 20.  Bob McNeil  1957-60    81  1393
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