PHILADELPHIA – Trailing by 11 points early in the second half, the Saint Joseph’s men’s basketball team bore down defensively and fought back for a 73-67 win over Boston University at Hagan Arena on Sunday. Junior Chris Wilson tied his career high with 19 points to lead four Hawks in double figures; senior Ronald Roberts, Jr. had 19 as well, while senior Langston Galloway scored 16 and freshman DeAndre' Bembry added 11.
Saint Joseph’s (7-4) scored the last five points of the first half but trailed the Terriers, 35-28, at the break. Wilson led all scorers in the frame with 13, while Roberts had 11 in the opening 20 minutes.
Boston University (7-6) opened the second half with three-pointers from D.J. Irving and John Papale to push the lead to 41-30 with 18:52 to go. Over the next five minutes, however, Galloway keyed a 13-2 run with seven points, including a jumper at 13:50 that tied the game at 43.
Roberts scored SJU’s next four points, tying the game at 47-all with 11:05 to go, before BU went on a 7-0 spurt to take a 54-47 lead on a free throw by Dom Morris with 8:46 to go.
From that point, the Hawk defense took over, holding the Terriers without a field goal over a span of 9:30. The defense keyed the offense, as Bembry scored nine of the Hawks’ next 14 points during an 18-2 run that gave SJU a nine-point lead with 1:25 to go.
Bembry drained a three-pointer with 8:18 to play before an offensive foul by BU’s Malik Thomas gave SJU the ball back. Senior Halil Kanacevic followed with a layup to cut the lead to two, and then Bembry followed with a pair of free throws to knot the game at 54 with 7:33 to go.
On Saint Joseph’s next possession, Kanacevic followed his own miss with a tip-in that put the Hawks ahead to stay, 56-54, with 7:04 remaining. Bembry added two more free throws and Wilson made one-of-two from the line to extend the margin to five with 5:40 to play.
Morris hit a pair of free throws for the Terriers to break SJU’s 12-0 run, but a jumper by Bembry, two free throws by junior Papa Ndao, and a basket by Wilson gave the Hawks a 65-56 lead with just over two minutes on the clock.
From there, Galloway made seven-of-eight from the line and Wilson added one-of-two to seal the victory. Maurice Watson, Jr. scored BU’s last 11 points of the game over the final 1:25.
Wilson scored Saint Joseph’s first 10 points of the game; his layup with 16:37 to go in the first half gave the Hawks a 10-4 lead. After a bucket from Bembry, Roberts took over the bulk of the scoring duties, netting SJU’s next seven points as the Hawks held a 19-16 lead with 10:15 to go in the half.
The Terriers then went on a 17-4 run to open up a 10-point lead with 2:48 to go. BU scored 10 straight points, including four each from Morris and Cedric Hankerson, to go up 26-19 with 7:20 left in the half. After baskets by Galloway and Roberts put the Hawks within five at 28-23, the Terriers extended the lead to 10 on a three-pointer by Papale and a layup by Justin Alston with 2:49 to play in the frame.
Watson hit a layup with 1:23 to go in the half to give the Terriers their largest lead of the game at 35-23, but a dunk from Roberts and a three from Wilson with two seconds left cut the halftime deficit to seven.
The Hawks will close out 2013 with a home game on Tuesday, December 31, against Binghamton. Tip-off at Hagan Arena is set for 2:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast on CBS Sports Radio 610 WIP, while live video will be available via subscription on the Atlantic 10 Digital Network.