Jan. 26, 2013
PHILADELPHIA - Langston Gallowayconnected on back-to-back three-pointers in the final two minutes, and Saint Joseph's ended the game with a 12-0 run, as the Hawks defeated Xavier, 59-49, in Atlantic 10 action at Hagan Arena.
Galloway, who finished with 15 points, hit the first at 2:09 to give the Hawks (11-7; 2-3 A-10) a 53-49 lead. He followed with another with 1:01 remaining to increase it to 56-49.
Trailing 47-45, Saint Joseph's hit six straight free throws, with four from Kanacevic, to tie the game at 47-47 with under five minutes to go. Jones then hit a three at 3:22 to give the Hawks their first lead of the half, 50-49, which they would keep the rest of the way.
Xavier (11-8; 4-2) was led by freshman Semaj Christon, who scored 16 points, while Jeff Robinson had eight points and a game-high 10 rebounds.
Saint Joseph's missed its first nine shots of the second half, while Xavier went on 9-0 run to go up 33-30. Kanacevic broke the Hawks' string with a basket almost six minutes into the half. With Xavier up by two, C.J. Aikenfollowed with a three-pointer to tie the score at 35-35.
The Hawks struggled from the field in the second half, hitting just 8-of-28 shots, but Xavier shot 34.4 percent for the team and just 1-of-13 from three-point range.
"I thought we competed a little bit harder. Everyone gave everything that they had. I thought that one of the things we were able to do was be able to get Christon to not go straight to the basket," said coach Phil Martelli. "I think a really big deal is not fouling. Just not fouling. They got extra points on put-backs and there wasn't a lot of transition in the game. I thought the score would be somewhere in the low 60s. You could see a little bit of doubt and question. Tay hit a big three. Langston hit a big three and then another big three."
In the first half, Galloway hit three consecutive three-pointers to give the Hawks a 19-12 lead at 8:33. Xavier answered with a three by Dee Davis, but then Daryus Quarleshit the Hawks' fourth straight three-pointer to take at 22-15 lead with 7:22 to play. Saint Joseph's extended the lead to 30-22 on a three-point play by Kanacevic. Xavier cut it to 30-26 on a hook shot by Jeff Robinson at :28, which remained the halftime score.
The Hawks will visit Fordham on Wednesday, January 30 at 7 p.m. before returning to Hagan Arena to meet Temple in a Big 5 and Atlantic 10 matchup on Saturday, February 2.