RICHMOND, Va. – Senior forward Halil Kanacevic led all players with 21 points and a career-high 19 rebounds, but the Saint Joseph’s men’s basketball team struggled from the floor in a 77-62 loss to Richmond at the Robins Center on Saturday afternoon.
During the game, senior guard Langston Galloway broke the Saint Joseph’s career record for three-point field goals set by SJU Basketball Hall of Famer Pat Carroll from 2001-05. Galloway sank the 295th three-pointer of his career in the second half.
Leading 35-28 at halftime, Richmond (14-6 overall, 4-1 Atlantic 10) opened the second half with an 11-2 run to take a 46-30 lead with 15:41 to go. SJU would cut the deficit to nine at 52-43 after five points each from Galloway and junior Chris Wilson during a 13-6 stretch.
The Spiders responded with a 12-2 run, taking their biggest lead of the game when a Trey Davis dunk made it a 64-45 advantage with 4:34 to go.
After a dunk from senior Ronald Roberts, Jr., Galloway hit his record-breaking three to cut the deficit to 64-50. A three-pointer from Kanacevic with 3:20 to play preceded a pair of free throws by UR’s Cedrick Lindsay that left the score at 66-53, but a jumper from freshman DeAndre' Bembry and another three from Galloway capped off a 13-2 run that got the Hawks back within eight at 66-58 with 2:22 on the clock.
The Hawks could not get closer, however, as the Spiders converted 9-of-10 free throws over the final 1:25 to seal the victory.
Saint Joseph’s (13-6 overall, 3-2 Atlantic 10) led 8-5 early as Kanacevic scored six points in the first 3:17 of the game. Richmond then used a 10-2 run to take a 15-10 lead with 13:12 remaining in the period.
The Hawks answered with six straight of their own as Bembry converted a three-point play and Wilson drained a three-pointer at the 12:12 mark to put the Hawks back in front, 16-15.
Richmond then used an 11-4 run to take a 26-20 lead on a Davis layup with 6:38 to go in the half. The Hawks got back within three at 29-26 on a layup by Papa Ndao, but the Spiders scored six straight to post their largest lead of the half at nine, 35-26. Galloway then scored his first basket of the game in the final minute to close the halftime deficit to seven.
Saint Joseph’s enjoyed a 44-35 advantage on the boards and pulled down 21 offensive rebounds, but shot just 37.1% (26-of-70) from the floor. Richmond hit on 47.9% (23-of-48) of its shots; that mark included 10-of-22 (45.5%) from three-point range, well over their average of 31.6%.
Kanacevic led all scorers with 21 points, and his 19 rebounds were a game-high as well. Galloway scored 11 of his 13 points in the second half, while Bembry (11) and Wilson (10) also reached double-digits for SJU.
Kendall Anthony paced Richmond with 19 points. Davis added a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
The Hawks return to action on Wednesday night at Dayton. Tip-off from UD Arena is set for 7:00 p.m. The game will air locally on The Comcast Network as well as CBS Sports Radio 610 WIP.