Feb. 1, 2012
RICHMOND - Backed by a 16-point, 10-rebound performance from junior Carl Jones, the Saint Joseph's men's basketball team downed Richmond, 70-60, Wednesday evening at the Robins Center. Jones led a quintet of Hawks in double figures, while sophomore Halil Kanacevic led all rebounders with a dozen.
Ronald Roberts, Jr. poured in 12 and 11 points, respectively, to aid the Hawk effort.
Aiken scored the first six points of the game for Saint Joseph's (14-9, 4-4 Atlantic 10) as the Hawks built an 18-10 lead with 9:09 remaining in the first half. However, the Spiders then went on a 10-0 run of their own to go ahead, 20-18, with 6:15 to go in the period.
Galloway stuffed home a Kanacevic miss to tie the game, but Richmond (12-11, 3-5 Atlantic 10) scored the next five points, taking a 25-20 lead on a layup by Wayne Sparrow with 2:53 to go in the half.
It was all SJU for the remainder of the stanza, though, as the Hawks scored the last seven points of the first half. An alley-oop from Kanacevic to Aiken on the last play of the period gave Saint Joseph's the lead at the break, 27-25.
The Hawks would not trail again, coming out of the locker room firing to extend the lead to as many as 14. A 22-3 run spanning over seven minutes across both halves put the Hawks on top, 42-28, with 14:38 to play in the contest.
Richmond responded with a 15-5 run, punctuated by a Cedrick Lindsay three-pointer with 9:42 left that made it a four-point game at 47-43, but SJU took the reins back with a 10-0 spurt of its own to stretch the lead back to 14 at 57-43 at the 5:47 mark.
The Spiders fought back, pouring in the next seven points over a two-minute stretch to cut the lead in half at 57-50, but a free throw by Roberts and a dunk from Quarles restored the double-digit advantage.
Jones, Quarles, and Galloway combined to go 8-for-8 from the line in the final minute to salt away the victory. For the game, SJU converted 12-of-15 free throws.
The Hawks dominated the paint, outscoring the Spiders 38-24 inside and outrebounding UR by a 47-27 margin. Saint Joseph's played staunch defense as well, holding Richmond to 35 percent shooting from the floor and 6-of-22 from long range.
Saint Joseph's returns home for Saturday's Big 5 matchup against La Salle. The home game, being played at The Palestra, starts at noon and will air on The Comcast Network.