Coming into Saturday night's game against Charlotte, the Saint Joseph's Hawks were coming off of their most impressive back-to-back performances all season.
It is apparent that impressive Saint Joseph's performances rarely travel away from Hagan Arena.
Charlotte (20-10, 8-8 Atlantic 10) overcame 11 first half turnovers to knock off cold-shooting Saint Joseph's (17-12, 8-8 A-10) 52-40 at the Halton Arena on Saturday evening.
The game was far from satisfying viewing for fans of either team, but the end result was particularly cringe-worthy for Hawk fans as Saint Joseph's threw away an opportunity to be the 7-seed in the Atlantic 10 tournament.
Early on, the backcourt tandem of Carl Jones and Langston Galloway got the Hawks off to a good start as the duo combined to score SJU's first 13 points of the evening as Saint Joseph's led 13-6 with 13:22 to play in the first half.
Unfortunately for Saint Joseph's, futile would probably be a generous way to describe their performance on the offensive end of the floor during the rest of the contest.
Saint Joseph's was only able to stay in the contest during the first half because Charlotte was equally as inept on the offensive end. Both teams seemed to trade far more turnovers than baskets in the opening half, with the Hawks actually taking a 19-18 lead into the locker room.
During the second half, Charlotte was by far the more aggressive team and showed the ability to grind out a victory.
The 49ers scored 34 points in the second half, with 31 of those points either coming in the paint or from the foul line after drawing fouls on hard drives to the basket.
Meanwhile Saint Joseph's offense continued to struggle, hitting a new low during a season where the offense has had more than its share of problems.
Charlotte often used a trap when the Hawks reached halfcourt, which gave the Hawks fits quite often. The Hawks guards wilted under the pressure, and even when Saint Joseph's beat the pressure, they rarely were able to make the extra pass to find the uncovered played for an open shot.
Nearly every shot the Hawks took was contested, which helped result in the putrid shooting numbers from the field for Saint Joseph's. SJU only made 29 percent of their field goals on the evening, their lowest percentage of the season.
Despite their horrid offensive play, Saint Joseph's still had an opportunity to carve out a win during the final two minutes, as they had numerous possessions while only trailing 43-38. However, the Hawks had three turnovers in the final two minutes, two of which were by their senior guard Jones as Saint Joseph's faded to their fifth consecutive loss away from Hagan Arena.
Galloway was the only Saint Joseph's player in double figures as the junior guard finished with 13 points. The Hawks took a beating on the glass as well as Charlotte outrebounded Saint Joseph's 42-30.
Pierria Henry was one of three 49ers in double figures as the guard notched a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
As a result of the win, Charlotte played their way into the Atlantic 10 Tournament, they will be the 9 seed and face off against Richmond in the First Round on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Saint Joseph's fell to the 10 seed in the conference tournament, where they will play against Xavier on Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. at the Barclays Center. The First Round match-ups will be broadcast on the NBC Sports Network.
Instead of finding a way to go into the Atlantic 10 Tournament on the heels of a three-game winning streak, Saint Joseph's will go into Brooklyn off of as ugly of an effort as one could imagine.
The Hawks will also go into the A-10 Tournament staring an ugly statistic in the face; Saint Joseph's was just 1-9 against teams with winning records away from Hagan Arena this season.
That statistic makes it very hard to imagine this Hawks team going on any sort of an extended run in Brooklyn this coming week.