Nov. 26, 2010
PHILADELPHIA - Carl Jones had a career-high 21 points and freshman Langston Galloway had 20 as Saint Joseph's defeated Rutgers, 76-70, to win the Philly Hoop Group Classic at The Palestra. It was the Hawks' third straight win in the three-game tournament, which stretched out over the past week. SJU is now 3-2.
Galloway shot 7-for-8 from the field and handed out eight assists, despite leaving the game briefly to receive four stitches in his lip. Jones made 7-of-10 from the foul line while Idris Hilliard added 10 points.
The Hawks led for most of the first half, but after trailing 22-21, SJU scored the next 11 straight points, keyed by five points each from Jones and Galloway, to take a 33-22 lead. Rutgers used three-pointers by Austin Carroll and James Beatty to close to within 34-28 at the half.
Rutgers cut the Hawk lead to 38-35 early in the second half before Jones connected on a three-pointer and made a layup to build the Hawks' lead back to 43-35. A three from Galloway and a layup by Justin Crosgile gave SJU a 50-40 edge at 12:47, its biggest of the half.
Back-to-back jumpers by RU's Mike Coburn cut the deficit to 62-61 at 4:19, but Jones answered with another jumper to push SJU's lead to 64-61. Austin Johnson would pull Rutgers within a point one more time, but again it was Jones who answered, with two free throws and a layup to give the Hawks a 68-63 edge at 2:58. A three-pointer at 1:14 by SJU senior Charoy Bentley built the lead to 72-63 and the Hawks closed out the game with 4-of-5 foul shooting down the stretch.
Rutgers (3-2) was led by Mike Coburn with 13 points and Gilvydas Biruta with 12.
The game pitted Saint Joseph's head coach Phil Martelli against his son Jimmy, who is an assistant at Rutgers, as well as against his former assistant coach Mike Rice, who is the Scarlet Knights' head coach. It marked the first time that the elder Martelli coached against one of his sons in a regular season game. His other son, Phil, Jr., is an assistant coach at Niagara.
Saint Joseph's will play three games in five days on the road this week at Drexel on Dec. 1, at Villanova on Dec. 3 and at Princeton on Dec. 5.