Jan. 12, 2013
PITTSBURGH - Leading wire-to-wire, the Saint Joseph's men's basketball team downed Duquesne, 74-66, Saturday evening at the Palumbo Center. Backed by the sixth double-double of the year (13 points, 11 rebounds) from junior Ronald Roberts, Jr., the Hawks improved to 1-1 in the Atlantic 10 and 9-5 overall on the season.
Up by two in the final minutes, junior Langston Galloway's jumper at 2:04 gave the Hawks a 68-64 lead. Duquesne missed on its next possession and Galloway banked in an eight-foot shot with 1:04 to play to give SJU a 70-64 cushion.
Sophomore Chris Wilson hit a pair of free throws at :38 to extend the lead to eight, but Duquesne's Derrick Colter scored with 21.7 seconds to play to cut the SJU lead to 72-66.
In the second half, Saint Joseph's held a 51-46 lead but the Dukes fought back to tie it, 51-51, after a three-pointer by Quevyn Winters at 9:30.
The Hawks regained the lead on a three-point play by Roberts and went up 56-51.
Duquesne countered, closing to within one, 56-55, but Saint Joseph's would again pull ahead slightly before closing the game out in the final two minutes.
In the first half, Saint Joseph's went on a 12-4 run to take an 18-10 lead midway through the opening period. Daryus Quarles hit a three pointer and Langston Galloway scored on a fast break to give the Hawks a 23-12 edge.
Duquesne answered back with six straight points but Quarles hit consecutive three-pointers and Roberts dunked a pass from Wilson to put the Hawks up by 33-22.
The Hawks connected on 7-of-13 three-pointers in the first half, led by 3-for-3 effort from reserve Quarles to own a 40-33 halftime lead.
For the game, Saint Joseph's hit 22-of-53 from the field (41.5 percent), including 11-of-25 from three-point range (44.0 percent) and 19-of-30 from the foul line (63.3 percent). At the other end, Duquesne knocked down 25-of-65 from the field (38.5 percent), but were held to just 7-of-24 from three-point range (29.2 percent).
Along with Roberts, three other Hawks finished in double figures, led by Galloway's game-high 16 points. Jones added 15 points to go with four assists, while Wilson tallied 12 points in the start. Aiken finished with a season-high seven blocked shots and scored six points, while Quarles had a season-high nine points off the bench.
Andre Marhold and Sean Johnson each had 13 points for the Dukes.
Saint Joseph's returns to action Thursday at VCU. Game time is set for 9 p.m. and will be televised on the CBS Sports Network.