Saint Joseph's closed out 2013 in fine fashion, defeating Binghamton, 71-44, in a New Year's Eve matinee at Hagan Arena. Senior Langston Galloway had a game-high 20 points, connecting on 6-of-9 from three point range for the Hawks, who have now won four in a row.
Junior Chris Wilson scored 13 points, making 3-of-6 three-pointers for his fourth straight game in double figures. Sophomore Isaiah Miles added 11 points off the bench for SJU (8-4). Freshman DeAndre' Bembry handed out a career-high eight assists, while Halil Kanacevic had seven as the Hawks totalled 21 assists on 26 baskets. Kanacevic and Ronald Roberts, Jr., led the squad with eight rebounds apiece.
Saint Joseph's tied its season high with 14 three-pointers made, while hitting 53.6 percent from beyond the arc.
Galloway and Wilson got the Hawks off to a flying start, combining for 3-of-3 three-point attempts as SJU jumped out to an 11-3 lead in the first 2:30. Leading 14-6, Saint Joseph's held Binghamton without a point for over seven minutes, and scored 14 consecutive points to take a 28-6 lead.
Binghamton (3-10) would break its scoreless streak at 8:09 with its third three-pointer and did not connect on a two-point field goal until 4:41 remained in the half.
Saint Joseph's took its biggest lead of the half, 39-14, on a three-pointer by Evan Maschmeyer with 3:41 to play.
The Hawks shot better than 50 percent from both the field and three-point range, while making a season-high 12 threes in the halftime. SJU owned a 39-15 lead at halftime as Wilson led all scorers with 13 points, followed by Galloway with 11.
It was more of the same in the second half, as the Hawks rolled to their biggest lead of the game, 63-26, on a three-pointer by Miles with 8:21 to play.
SJU's defense limited the Bearcats to under 30 percent shooting from both the field (28.8 percent) and three-point range (21.7 percent).
Binghamton was led by a pair of Philadelphia-area players - Karon Waller (Camden, N.J.) scored 13 points and Jordan Reed (Philadelphia) had 11).
The four-game winning streak is Saint Joseph's longest since a five-game streak in December of 2011.
The Hawks close out their three-game homestand on Saturday, January 4 by hosting Denver in a 2 p.m. contest.