Feb. 25, 2012
PHILADELPHIA - Langston Galloway scored 22 points to lead four Saint Joseph's players in double figures as the Hawks upset #22 Temple, 82-72, in front of a soldout crowd at Hagan Arena, in the final home game of the regular season. The win also gave the Hawks a share of the Big 5 title with Temple and ended a 10-game losing streak against their city rival.
Galloway, who scored 12 points in the first half, connected on 6-of-9 from the field, while hitting 4-of-6 from three-point range. Ronald Roberts each scored 18 points while Halil Kanacevic had 14 points, 12 rebounds and six assists as the Hawks improve to 19-11 (9-6 A-10; 3-1 Big 5). The backcourt of Galloway and Jones combined to register only one turnover, while C.J. Aiken blocked five shots on the evening.
It is the Hawks' first Big 5 championship since they won the title outright in 2003-04 and was the first win over Temple (22-6; 11-3 A-10: 3-1 Big 5) since January 26, 2008. It also marks SJU's second win over a ranked team this season as the Hawks defeated then-#19 Creighton in December.
With the score tied, 51-51, at the 12:18 mark of the second half, the Hawks used an 11-5 run, paced by threes from Jones, Galloway and Chris Wilson, to go up 62-56. Temple answered and cut it to 62-61, but SJU came back with a dunk by Roberts and a three from Jones to regain the six-point margin, 67-61. A steal by C.J. Aiken that led to a layup by Wilson built the Hawks' lead back up to 71-63 at 4:31.
Kanacevic continued his tough play underneath, hitting two free throws and then tipping in a miss by Jones to put the Hawks up 75-65 with 3:28 to play. SJU would begin to close it out by converting 5-of-6 free throws, while Kanacevic fed Aiken for an emphatic dunk to give the Hawks the 80-69 lead with 1:42 to play.
"I think that moment in the second half when we were down 44-41, we took a time out and there was no panic among the group. It was defense that had let us down and then really defense that got us back," said Hawk coach Phil Martelli. "In that stretch there, C.J. really took over the lane. I'm not jumping for joy that we gave up 40 points in a half but that stretch with the three bigs on the floor took us over the top. Plus it was an unbelievable home court advantage - I can't thank the students enough."
The Hawks shot 54.2 percent from the field in the second half, while going 13-for-18 from the line.
With the scored tied at 16-16 early on, Roberts powered a 16-4 SJU run with 12 points as the Hawks took their biggest lead, 32-20. Temple fought back as Moore scored its final five points of the half to bring the Owls within 37-32 at intermission.
"I have to call it the way it is, but Ron had three subpar games for Ron. He did not play very well at Rhode Island, he did not play well at GW and he did not play well the other night (vs. Richmond). He heard about it and to his credit, he heard about it from his father as well as from the coaches," said Martelli. "And yesterday in practice he was really high level. I was delighted for him to have that quick out of the block dynamic on the game. I thought he and Chris Wilson really did a nice job, both guys off the bench, to change the way the game was going for us. "
Saint Joseph's closes out the regular season on Wednesday at St. Bonaventure. The Hawks will then await the final A-10 games that will be played on Saturday, March 3 and will begin play in the conference tournament on either March 6 or March 9.