PHILADELPHIA - Langston Galloway scored 20 points to lead four Hawks in double figures as Saint Joseph’s (12-5; 1-2 Big 5) cruised to an 85-68 win over Penn (3-11; 0-4) in Big 5 action at the soldout Palestra.
Saint Joseph’s has now won three in a row and eight of its last nine, with the only loss during that time coming to #19 Massachusetts.
Chris Wilson and DeAndre Bembry scored 13 points apiece and Ronald Roberts had 10 points in his return to the starting lineup after missing two games with a back injury. Halil Kanacevic was one point shy of a triple-double as the senior had nine points, and tied his career-highs with 15 rebounds and 12 assists.
Galloway shot 7-for-10 from the field, which included a 6-for-7 performance from beyond the arc. The senior now has 292 career three-pointers and needs just three to surpass SJU’s all-time leader Pat Carroll (294) for the school record.
The win was the 350th of coach Phil Martelli's 19-year career at Saint Joseph's.
For the second game in a row, the Hawks put on an impressive effort from three-point range, hitting 16-of-24. Earlier in the week, SJU connected on 63.0 percent making in a win over Duquesne.
Saint Joseph’s used two big runs and defensive efforts to secure the win in the first half, hitting 66.7 percent (20-for-30) from the field and a blistering 13-for-15 from three-point range. Leading 19-14, the Hawks scored the next 12 points over a span of five minutes with consecutive threes by Papa Ndao, Galloway and Kanacevic to take a 31-14 lead. SJU followed by running off another 11 points and keeping Penn scoreless for the final 5:57 of the half until Tony Hickks hit a three as time expired, making SJU’s halftime lead 57-23.
It was more of the same in the second half and SJU took its biggest lead, 78-41, midway through the half on a three-pointer by Isaiah Miles, who also returned to action after missing three games with an injury.
Penn outscored the Hawks, 19-3, in the final five minutes to provide the final margin.
Saint Joseph’s plays its third straight game in Philadelphia on Wednesday when it hosts Rhode Island in the first of two meetings with the Rams.