Jan. 17, 2013
RICHMOND, Va. - Junior Langston Galloway had 22 points while junior Ronald Roberts, Jr. shot 5-of-6 from the floor, tallying 14 points and 12 rebounds, but the Saint Joseph's men's basketball team ultimately fell in overtime to #22/19 VCU, 92-86, at the Siegel Center on Thursday night.
A pair of free throws from Aiken with 28 seconds to go in regulation gave Saint Joseph's (9-6 overall, 1-2 Atlantic 10) a 79-75 lead before Troy Daniels connected on a three-pointer for VCU with 14 ticks left to cut the deficit to one. Roberts then split a pair of free throws before Darius Theus hit the game-tying layup with eight seconds to go, sending the game into overtime.
VCU (15-3 overall, 3-0 Atlantic 10) scored the first six points of the extra frame, including a four-point play by Treveon Graham that gave the Rams an 86-80 advantage with 3:27 to play. After a basket by Galloway cut it to four with 3:10 to go, the Rams used a 6-1 stretch over a two-and-a-half minute span to ice the game.
The Hawks found themselves down six at halftime, 38-32, despite holding VCU to 44.7% shooting and 2-of-15 (13.3%) from beyond the arc. The Rams had led by as many as 12, 26-14, at the 9:14 mark before a 14-4 spurt, keyed by five points from Galloway, got the Hawks to within a pair at 30-28 with 3:26 left in the half.
In the second stanza, the Rams quickly pushed the lead back up to 10 at 44-34 on a layup by Rob Brandenberg with 18:11 to go. The teams traded baskets over the next three-plus minutes, and a Brandenberg free throw at the 14:57 mark gave VCU a 51-41 advantage.
That's when SJU made its push, as the Hawks scored on their next four possessions and held the Rams without a point for three minutes to cut the deficit to a single point. Junior Daryus Quarles notched five of his nine points during the run, including a three-pointer that brought the Hawks back to within 51-50 with 12:09 to go.
The Rams scored the next five points, going ahead 56-50 on a three by Graham, but SJU answered right back with five in a row of its own, with a Quarles dunk cutting the lead to 56-55 with 10:27 left on the clock.
Once again, a 5-0 VCU spurt left the Hawks down by six, but this time, Saint Joseph's climbed all the way back, as a three-pointer from Galloway tied the game at 61-all with 8:19 to play in the half.
With the Hawks trailing by three, 66-63, Galloway then hit back-to-back three-pointers to give the Hawks their first lead since the game's opening minutes at 69-66 with 4:45 to go.
Three-point plays by Brandenberg and Briante Weber gave the Rams a 72-69 lead at the 4:01 mark, but baskets from Roberts and Aiken sandwiched around a tip-in by VCU's Juvonte Reddic made it a one-point game, 74-73, with 2:09 to go.
Jones then drained a three for SJU to give the Hawks a 76-74 edge with 1:28 to go before Reddic hit one out of two from the line to cut it to 76-75 at the 1:03 mark. Jones then hit the front end of a one-and-one before missing the second, but the Hawks secured the offensive rebound, forcing the Rams to foul Aiken with 28 seconds left.
From that point, the Rams scored five of the final six points of regulation to send the game to overtime.
Graham led all scorers with 25 points, while Theus added 22 points and 10 assists for the Rams. Reddic posted a double-double with 15 points and a game-high 17 rebounds as well.
The Hawks shot 52.3% from the field for the game, including a 62.1% mark in the second half. SJU held the Rams to 48.7% from the floor, including just 7-of-32 (21.9%) from three-point range.
Saint Joseph's will look to bounce back quickly as the Hawks will take on Penn at The Palestra on Saturday. Tip-off is slated for 5:00 p.m.; the game can be seen on ESPNU and the WatchESPN smartphone app, while the radio broadcast will air on 1210 AM WPHT.