Senior Halil Kanacevic scored a career-high 27 points and had 14 rebounds, while shooting 12-for-13 from the field, to lead Saint Joseph's to a 75-55 win over Drexel at Hagan Arena, snapping the Hawks' two-game losing streak.
Freshman DeAndre' Bembry scored 18 points and Langston Galloway and Chris Wilson each added 11 points for Saint Joseph's (5-4).
Drexel (7-3) was led by Tavon Allen with 20 points, while Rodney Williams had 10 rebounds.
Kanacevic scored nine points in the first six minutes of the second half as the Hawks went on a 19-5 run to take its biggest lead at that point, 42-32.
Drexel pulled to within 54-47 with 7:36 remaining but Saint Joseph's went on a 16-2 run to put the game to take a commanding 70-49 lead with 4:35 remaining. After scoring his first basket of the game at the 12:45 mark of the second half, Galloway netted six points in that spurt by the Hawks.
The teams struggled through a sloppy first half in which neither team made a three-point field goal (combined 0-for-12) and Saint Joseph's committed 10 turnovers and went just 1-for-7 from the foul line.
Drexel led for all but a minute of the first half and took its biggest lead, 21-12, with 5:13 remaining. Kanacevic and Bembry led the Hawks back by combining for Saint Joseph's final 11 points of the half. Bembry scored the last five straight to pull Saint Joseph's within 25-23 before a layup by Chris Fouch gave the Dragons a 27-23 lead at halftime.
"Our best players have to play for us to be successful. Halil was the way he had practiced and the way he had talked. He was really emphatic with his teammates about getting their heads up and moving on to the next challenge," said SJU coach Phil Martelli. "I thought he played slower at the rim. He has been rushing it. He was under 40 percent for the year, and a lot of them have been lay-ups and he stepped back and make a three when no one on our team could make a three."
Both teams had their shooting woes as Drexel went 0-for-11 from three-point range in the game and Saint Joseph's shot just 10-for-22 from the foul line.
With the end of the semester on December 17, Kanacevic, Galloway and Eric Kindler all completed their degrees. Kanacevic majored in communications, Galloway in sports marketing and Kindler majored in theology.
"Halil is now a college graduate. We made a fuss about that. He didn't think it was a big deal but three of them graduated yesterday - Langston, Eric and Halil. And that was really significant. I've never had a team with three graduates in the mid-year like that," said Martelli.
Saint Joseph's will travel to Loyola Maryland on Saturday, December 21 for a 3 p.m. game.