Feb. 18, 2012
WASHINGTON - Four Hawks scored in double figures as the Saint Joseph's men's basketball team held off a late rally to defeat George Washington, 73-66, on Saturday at the Smith Center. Langston Galloway led all scorers with 18, while Carl Jones (16), Daryus Quarles (15), and Halil Kanacevic (10) reached double-digits as well.
Saint Joseph's (18-10 overall, 8-5 Atlantic 10) used a 27-5 stretch in the first half to open up a 17-point lead at the break.
The teams traded baskets early, with George Washington (9-17 overall, 4-8 Atlantic 10) taking a 7-4 lead on a three-pointer by Nemanja Mikic. The Hawks scored the next four points to take their first lead of the game, but a basket by David Pellom gave the Colonials the one-point edge at 9-8.
The Hawks would not trail again, going on a 14-0 run to open up a 22-9 lead. Papa Ndao hit a three-pointer to start the run, Kanacevic converted an old-fashioned three-point play, and Galloway drained back-to-back threes and a jumper for eight straight points before Pellom scored GW's first points in nearly five minutes to end the run.
Galloway came off the bench for the first time this season after being late for the team's morning walkthrough and scored 10 points in the first half. Freshman Evan Maschmeyer made his first career start in his place.
Quarles took over at that point, scoring the next seven points and nine of SJU's next 11. He was 4-of-4 from the field during that stretch, including a three-pointer, to help the Hawks to a 19-point advantage, matching their largest lead of the game, at 33-14.
The Colonials would score six straight points over the next 1:21, but Jones and Galloway scored in the final 40 seconds to give SJU a 37-20 halftime lead.
The Hawks dominated on the boards early on, outrebounding GW 21-11 in the first half (and 43-30 for the game) and shot 55.2% from the field over the first 20 minutes while holding the Colonials to just 8-of-26 shooting (30.8%).
George Washington turned things around in the second half, shooting 50% from the field and getting within four, but the Hawks came through over the final minutes to preserve the victory.
After C.J. Aiken scored the first bucket of the half, the Colonials used full court pressure defense to go on a 10-0 run over the next 2:21 and cut the lead to single digits at 39-30 with 16:23 to play.
Jones canned a three to stop the run and four straight from Galloway pushed the Hawk advantage to 46-32 with 13:32 remaining. GW then scored eight of the next nine points over the course of three minutes, closing to within seven at 47-40 with 10:43 to play.
A tip-in by Kanacevic with 8:39 left restored the double-digit lead before Quarles scored the next five points for the Hawks on a pair of free throws and three-pointer that left the score at 58-48 with 6:44 showing on the clock.
Pellom and Tony Taylor combined for six straight points to cut the Hawk lead to four, 58-54, with 5:12 to go before Galloway and Jones doubled it back to eight at the 3:36 mark. A free throw by Pellom and a three-pointer by Lasan Kromah made it a 62-58 game with just under three minutes to play.
That would be as close as the Colonials would get, though, as Jones scored the next five SJU points and Quarles added a free throw to give the Hawks a 68-60 edge heading into the final minute.
The Hawks took advantage of improved free throw shooting to ice the victory; after starting the game 1-of-6 from the free throw line, SJU closed out the game on a 13-of-15 streak to help salt away the win.
Galloway led the Hawks with 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting, while Quarles' 15 points were a season high. Kanacevic added 13 rebounds to his 10 points for his sixth double-double of the season.
Taylor had 14 points to lead the Colonials, while Pellom chipped in with 12 points and 11 boards.
The Hawks return home for their final two regular season home games beginning Wednesday. Tip-off between Saint Joseph's and Richmond is set for 7:00 p.m. at Hagan Arena; the game can be viewed through Hawks All-Access and will air on SportsRadio 610 WIP.