Feb. 23, 2013
PHILADELPHIA - Langston Galloway scored a season-high 26 points to lead Saint Joseph's (15-10; 6-6 A-10) to a 71-59 win over George Washington (12-13; 6-6) in Atlantic 10 action at Hagan Arena.
Galloway connected on 10-of-17 field goals and tied his season-high with 6-of-9 three pointers.
George Washington was led by Isaiah Armwood with 14 points, Lasan Kromah with 13 and Patricio Garino.
Saint Joseph's got off to one of its best starts of the year, scoring the first 12 points of the game and owning a 20-2 lead in the first five minutes. Jones had six points while the Hawk defense held GW to just two points in the first five minutes of the game.
The Hawks expanded on the lead building it with a few more baskets from Jones, who had 10 points in the first eight minutes, and few highlight film dunks by Ronald Roberts and C.J. Aiken to hold a 27-9 lead at 11:02. Despite a 9-0 run by GW to cut the deficity to 34-25, Saint Joseph's would hold a 40-29 lead at the half.
An alley-oop by Roberts on an inbounds lob from Halil Kanacevic at 7:19 maintained the Hawks' lead at 34-16. But from there, GW would go on a 9-0 run, with eight from Garino, to come within 34-25 with 4:50 to play. The Hawks got it back to double digits on a three-point play by Jones, but Dwayne Smith hit a jumper at :49 to bring the Colonials within 37-29. Galloway then hit one of his three three-pointers of the half to provide the halftime margin for SJU, 40-29.
"We tried to play to the numbers here. They're not a three-point shooting team but a team that went for the glass," said Hawk coach Phil Martelli. "We're talking about getting better and improving, so we did that nicely at the defensive end of the floor and we played at a better pace. We're not just relying on three-point shooting. Nice reaction to them changing defense and it was a team that was ahead of us in the standings."
"The players deserve all the credit for how they came out, how they started. You can get worried when the first two possessions are two layups. But I thought that we guarded and that the guarding allowed us to get out and down the floor and make some plays."
SJU maintained a double-digit lead throughout most of the second half, but GW scored five straight points to close within 59-52 with 5:53 remaining. But Galloway connected on another three-pointer and the Hawks led by double figures the rest of the way.
Saint Joseph's next game is at Saint Louis on Wednesday. "Now we go into the deep, deep end of the water. This team we're playing Wednesday night is playing as well as any A-10 team has ever played. Saint Louis is an absolutely certifiable monster, and I just told the players that I hope they're excited about that," said Martelli.