The Jesuit standout scores 11 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter of a 54-49 win over St. Petersburg Catholic.
By ROD GIPSON
© St. Petersburg Times, published January 8, 2003
ST. PETERSBURG -- Joe Donahoe picked the perfect time to heat up.
Tuesday night when Jesuit and St. Petersburg Catholic's early shooting matched the chilly temperature outside, Donahoe came alive late in the game to help lift Jesuit to a 54-49 win.
Donahoe scored 11 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, including seven late free throws that cemented the Tigers' win.
"We've won a lot of games in a lot of different ways," Jesuit coach Neal Goldman said. "And I think that was key. We have a lot of poise in the second half and it really showed tonight."
St. Petersburg Catholic (8-4) held control early, but Jesuit (13-0) took command for the bulk of the game, though the Barons didn't fall far behind. After taking an 11-10 first-quarter lead, St. Petersburg Catholic trailed 39-38 heading into the fourth.
But that's when Donahoe took over.
Moments after two of his free throws tied the game at 43, a Donahoe jumper gave Jesuit a 47-45 lead with 3:35 remaining. Two minutes later, he struck again with a running layup that led to a three-point play to help put the game away.
Mike Gutowski scored 11 points for Jesuit. The Barons were led by Chad Radosevich's 19 points and Travis Karto's 10.
Jesuit got a key defensive lift in the fourth from Daniel Holder's three blocks.
"They played pretty well," Goldman of the Barons. "We always know it's going to be a tough game when we play them.
"But we really performed well in the second half and at the end of the game, and that was the difference."