Men's Basketball Knocks Off George Washington, 71-59, in Overtime; Advances to Atlantic 10 Quarterfinals
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  03/08/2011

March 8, 2011

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Saint Joseph's men's basketball team scored the first 12 points of overtime on Tuesday night as the 12th-seeded Hawks upset fifth-seeded George Washington, 71-59, in an overtime thriller at the Smith Center in the first round of the 2011 Atlantic 10 Championship. Freshman Langston Galloway led the way with 15 points, including 6-of-6 from the free throw line in the extra frame.

Saint Joseph's (10-21) only attempted two field goals in overtime, but shot 18-of-20 from the charity stripe to salt away the win. Ronald Roberts (10 each).

The Hawks never trailed, scoring the first five points of the game en route to a 31-20 halftime lead. SJU opened up an 11-4 advantage on five points by Aiken. Galloway, who had 27 points in the Hawks' win over Charlotte last Saturday and was named to the A-10 All-Rookie Team on Monday, didn't take his first shot until 8:14 remained in the half, but converted the three-pointer to give the Hawks a 20-12 lead.

Saint Joseph's held its biggest lead, 28-18, when Daryus Quarles connected on a baseline three-pointer at the buzzer as the Hawks ran off the court with a solid 11-point advantage hat the break.

For the half, SJU shot 52 percent while limiting GW to just 33.3 percent from the field. Hilliard led the Hawks with eight points in the period.

Saint Joseph's kept up its 50-percent shooting through the first 10 minutes of the second half, taking a 39-26 lead on three-pointer by Charoy Bentley with 12:36 to go. The Hawk defense prevented GW from making any runs, forcing the Colonials into shooting just 2-for-6 from the field during that span.

But George Washington (17-14) found its shooting stroke and would connect on four of its next five attempts. Roberts scored three consecutive SJU baskets, but a three by Dwayne Smith pulled the Colonials within seven at 45-38 with just under eight minutes to go.

Nemanja Mikic hit a three-pointer at 5:20 to cut the SJU lead to 47-43, which was GW's smallest deficit since the early moments of the game.

Two free throws by Tony Taylor cut the margin to two, 47-45, but Galloway hit a fadeaway jumper to restore the four-point cushion. Taylor answered with a long two-pointer to make it 49-47 with 2:58 to go.

The game would be scoreless for the next two minutes, but the Colonials tied the score for the first time since the opening tip on a pair of free throws by Taylor with 59 seconds left.

Inbounding with 37.2 seconds to go and the score 49-49, the Hawks committed a shot clock violation. With a chance to win, George Washington missed two shots on its last possession and Todd O'Brien grabbed the defensive rebound as time expired to send the game into overtime.

In the extra stanza, the Hawk freshmen took over. Aiken sank a pair of freebies 20 seconds into the period that gave SJU a lead it would not relinquish. After layups by Hilliard and Jones, Galloway swished six straight free throws to put SJU on top, 61-49, before Taylor hit a three-ball with 1:27 to go to get the Colonials on the board in the overtime.

A pair of free throws by Jones pushed the lead back to double digits, where it would remain for the rest of the game. For the overtime, the Hawks were 2-of-2 from the field and 18-of-20 from the line while GW shot just 4-of-15 from the floor, including 2-of-11 from outside the arc. The Colonials also missed both of their free throw attempts.

The Hawks shot 52.3 percent (23-of-44) for the game compared to just 35.7 percent (20-of-56) for George Washington. SJU hit on 21-of-24 free throw attempts (87.5 percent) while the Colonials were 13-of-20 for a 65-percent mark.

Taylor led all scorers with 22 points, and Aaron Ware also chipped in with 10 for the Colonials.

Saint Joseph's now advances to the quarterfinals of the 2011 Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Championship at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The Hawks will take on fourth-seeded Duquesne at 2:30 p.m. on Friday afternoon.