Feb. 26, 2011
PHILADELPHIA - Langston Galloway scored a career-high 27 points and Carl Jones tallied 20 to lead Saint Joseph's (8-20; 3-11 A-10) to a 79-65 win over St. Bonaventure (15-12; 7-7) at Hagan Arena. Andrew Nicholson had 28 points for the Bonnies.
Hawks' freshman C.J. Aiken scored a career-high 14 points on 5-for-7 shooting and Jones converted 10-for-13 from the foul line while adding six assists. Senior Charoy Bentley handed out a career-high six assists in 15 minutes off the bench.
The Hawks turned in their best shooting performance of the season, hitting 61.5 percent from the field and 64.7 percent from three-point range. It was also SJU's largest margin of victory this year.
Saint Joseph's, which shot 12-for-18 in the first half, trailed for part of the period as SBU's Nicholson scored 16 first-half points. But the Hawks scored the final six points of the half, ending with a three-point play by Aiken to take a 38-34 lead into the lockerroom.
The Hawks came out strong in the second and opened the half with a 13-4 run, paced by seven points from Jones, to build up a 51-38, which was then the biggest of the year for SJU.
Nicholson kept St. Bonaventure in the game as he scored nine points in an 11-4 run that pulled the Bonnies within 56-52. But Jones connected on a three-pointer at 6:19 to give the Hawks a seven-point cushion. A three-pointer by Bentley at 4:43 gave SJU a 64-54 lead and Galloway hit his fifth trey of the day to put the Hawks up by 67-55. The freshman then made 6-of-6 free throws in the final 2:30 to secure the victory.
"I always believe that the people that are forgotten are the assistant coaches. And obviously they've been challenged all year, as we've all been challenged all year, and really they've been a sounding board," said Hawk coach Phil Martelli. "The coaches had a lot of good suggestions on the bench today. That's why we went with Idris starting on Nicholson to start the second half and also went to zone later. So sometimes those guys get overlooked, but I want to make sure it's noted that they did a really good job. The coaches are invaluable and they deserve a lot of credit for the win today."
Michael Davenport added 11 points and eight rebounds for the Bonnies.
Saint Joseph's closes out the home portion of the schedule on Wednesday against Richmond before finishing the regular season on March 5 at Charlotte.