Jan. 21, 2012
PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's rallied from 23 points down, but it wasn't enough as the Hawks fell to Penn, 84-80, in a Big 5 game in front of a sold-out crowd at The Palestra. Sophomore Langston Galloway scored a career-high 32 points in a losing cause.
The loss is the third straight for SJU, which drops to 12-8 (1-1 Big 5). The Quakers notched their second consecutive win over the Hawks and improve to 10-9 (1-3 Big 5).
Galloway shot 10-for-14 from the field and 6-for-9 from three-point range. It marked the third time this season that the sophomore has scored 30-plus points.
Leading 44-32 at halftime, by way of a 60.7 shooting effort in the first half, Penn opened the second half with a 13-2 run to take its biggest lead of the game, 57-34 on a jumper nby Tyler Bernardini at 15:07.
Saint Joseph's would start its comeback with a three-point play by C.J. Aiken at 14:22. Over the next six minutes, the Hawks put on the full court press and would outscore the Quakers, 20-9, with six points apiece from Galloway and Aiken, to cut the deficit to 66-54 at 8:23.
After a pair of free throws from Penn's Miles Cartwright put the home team ahead, 68-54, at 8:23, Carl Jones scored five straight points to cut the Hawk deficit to single digits, 68-59. Galloway followed with a dunk off of a steal by Chris Wilson and after a few Penn misses, Jones produced a three-point play to pull the Hawks within, 68-64.
Penn scored the next six points and Zack Rosen hit a three-pointer at 2:58 that appeared to put the game out of reach, 74-64. Aiken connected on a jumper for SJU but Rosen answered right back with a layup to build Penn's lead back up to 76-66.
Galloway had more to score for the Hawks with back-to-back three-pointers to Cut SJU's deficit to 76-72 at :50, but Saint Joseph's had to resort to fouling the Quakers, and watched them go 6-for-6 from the line in a span of 30 seconds to own an 82-75 lead at :16. Despite three-pointers from Galloway and Wilson, the Hawks ran out of time. Wilson scored on a layup with two-tenths of a second left and Rosen iced the win with a pair of free throws.
"You have to give a lot of credit to Jerome (Allen) and his older guys. Bernardini was really tough. He really challenged our team with the ball screens," said Hawk coach Phil Martelli. "I said to the team, you get a chance to play on a Saturday night in The Palestra, you have to embrace that. And I can't say that we embraced that for 40 minutes. We had a wonderful student turnout again and a live building. We've hit a rough patch - we're just not playing well. But credit has to go to Jerome and the Penn players."
Penn never trailed in the game and the teams were tied only once in the first half. The Quakers outscored SJU 9-3 in the final four minutes of the first half to own the 44-32 lead at intermission.
Jones, making his return to the lineup after sitting out the Xavier game with a sprained ankle, scored 16 points for the Hawks. Aiken added 13 points and four blocks while Wilson had a career-high 11 points, to go along with six assists.
Both teams shot over 50 percent in the game, but the Hawks held the edge in turnovers, with 15 to Penn's. 11.
Bernardini finished with a team-high 24 points for Penn, while Rosen had 16 points and eight assists.