Feb. 5, 2011
PHILADELPHIA - Freshman Langston Galloway scored a career-high 25 points to lead Saint Joseph's (6-17; 1-8 A-10) to a 67-64 win over Massachusetts (13-9; 5-4) at Hagan Arena. The win ended a nine-game losing streak for the Hawks and gave them their first conference victory of the year.
The Hawks did it without leading scorer Carl Jones (17.8 ppg), who suffered a sprained ankle in practice two days ago. Senior Charoy Bentley replaced Jones and scored five points, while SJU had a balanced attack with all eight players in the game notching at least one point.
Galloway, who shot 8-for-12 from the field, hit a three with eight minutes left to give SJU its biggest lead of the game, 50-37. But UMass fought back and went on a 13-2 run to cut the Hawks' lead to 52-50 as Freddie Riley hit one of his four three-pointers in that half. A pair of free throws gave SJU a cushion, but Riley again connected on a long-range three to pull the Minutemen within, 57-56 with 3:21 remaining.
Each time the Hawks upped their lead to four points, UMass would answer with another three, first by Gary Correia, then by Riley and finally Anthony Gurley, to get the Minutemen within 65-64 with 18 seconds to play.
Senior Idris Hilliard helped seal it for the Hawks with four free throws in the final 27 seconds.
"I don't rank them (victories). I just know that we played good basketball Wednesday night (at Richmond). Tonight we didn't overreact to Tay being injured. We just prepared yesterday knowing that he would have a number of treatments today. Those kids have been beaten up and I'm delighted for them and I'm delighted for the way they are handling it," said Hawks coach Phil Martelli.
Riley scored 14 for UMass, and Gurley had 10 points, well below his 20.3 scoring average. Sean Carter had 15 rebounds and Javorn Farrell had 10 as UMass dominated the boards, 44-24.
UMass led for most of the first half until the Hawks closed out the period with a 11-3 run, as the Louisiana duo of Swilling and Galloway accounted for nine points. Swilling had his season-high of five points by the end of the half as SJU took a 27-23 lead at intermission. It was only the eighth time this season that the Hawks owned a halftime lead.
Saint Joseph's, which won for the first time in the calendar year of 2011, gets the week off and returns to action next Sunday, February 13, when it takes on Fordham at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J.