Dec. 31, 2011
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Junior guard Carl Jones scored 22 points and sophomore guard Langston Galloway tallied 15 but it wasn't enough as the Saint Joseph's men's basketball team fell to #24/23 Harvard, 74-69, in a New Year's Eve tilt at Lavietes Pavilion on Saturday night.
Harvard (12-1) bounced back from a shaky first half to outscore SJU 36-21 in the closing stanza and emerge with the win. Kyle Casey led all scorers with 26 points and 10 rebounds for the Crimson while Keith Wright added 16 points.
Saint Joseph's (10-4) held a 10-point lead at halftime, shooting a blistering 79.2 percent (19-of-24) from the field en route to a 48-38 advantage. Jones led the way for the Hawks with 15 points in the stanza, while Galloway contributed 13 to the offensive effort. The 48-point outburst is the highest scoring half for SJU this season.
The Hawks drained six three-pointers in the first half as Galloway went 3-for-3 from behind the arc, but it was sophomore forward C.J. Aiken who got the Hawks on the board with a three in the opening minutes after Harvard opened an early 4-0 lead.
The bucket sparked a stretch of two-plus minutes where the Hawks outscored the Crimson 11-2 to take the 11-6 lead with 15:48 to play in the half. The advantage soon swelled to a dozen at 25-13 on a three-pointer by Galloway at 11:55, and got as large as 14 on a jumper by Ronald Roberts with 11:16 to go.
Harvard enjoyed a run of its own, however, cutting the margin to five at 29-24 with 8:23 to play in the frame, before Jones drained a three to extend the lead back to eight.
After a free throw by Casey brought Harvard within four at 32-28, Jones and Galloway combined for 11 points as SJU used a 16-7 run to take a 13-point lead, 48-35. Oliver McNally then drained a three at the buzzer to set the halftime score.
In the second half, the Hawks went cold, converting just 8-of-27 (29.6 percent) from the field, and went 0-for-8 from three-point range. Despite the cold shooting, SJU maintained a double-digit lead until midway through the half as a Galloway basket with 10:50 to go left the Hawks with a 61-50 lead.
Unfortunately for Saint Joseph's, it was all Harvard from that point on as Casey hit a pair of free throws with 10:02 left on the clock that started a 24-8 stretch to close out the game. Casey scored 12 of his points during that spurt that put the Crimson in front to stay.
SJU stayed in front of Harvard but the Crimson quickly sliced the deficit down to a single basket at 63-61 with 7:01 to play. Jones went 1-of-2 from the line before Aiken hit a jumper to stretch the lead back to five, 66-61, with 5:33 to go.
Layups by Wright and Casey reduced the advantage to one at 66-65 with 4:24 remaining in the game. Jones and Brandon Curry then traded layups to leave SJU ahead by a point, 68-67, with 2:54 on the clock.
Harvard then scored seven of the game's final eight points, taking the lead for the first time since the opening minutes on another layup by Curry and pushing the margin to four, 72-68, on a three by Casey.
Laurent Rivard hit a pair of free throws for Harvard while Jones sank 1-of-2 for Saint Joseph's to close out the scoring.
Each team turned the ball over 14 times on the day; SJU turned those 14 turnovers into 21 points to just 12 for Harvard. The Crimson enjoyed the advantage in the paint, however, outrebounding the Hawks 31-27 and outscoring them 38-32 inside.
The Saint Joseph's frontcourt was plagued by a bit of foul trouble early on as both Roberts and Halil Kanacevic spent a large portion of the first half on the bench with two fouls apiece. The pair combined for 16 points and nine rebounds in just 43 combined minutes of action; Roberts fouled out with eight points on 4-of-5 shooting in only 15 minutes.
SJU also suffered at the charity stripe, hitting just 9-of-16 in the contest for a 56.3 percent mark.
"The turnovers really bother me," said head coach Phil Martelli. "The punch in the gut is [going] 9-of-16 from the foul line. We really have to address it and get after it."
The Hawks will kick off 2012 with their first Atlantic 10 contest of the season, traveling to Duquesne on January 4. The game can be heard at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday night on SportsRadio 610 AM WIP.