DAYTON, Ohio – Senior guard Langston Galloway banked home a three-pointer with 1.8 seconds remaining to lead the Saint Joseph's men's basketball team past Dayton, 60-57, at UD Arena on Wednesday night. Junior guard Chris Wilson led the Hawks with 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting, while senior forward Halil Kanacevic scored the 1,000th point of his collegiate career in the second half.
With the Hawks leading 57-55, Dayton's Dyshawn Pierre tied the game with a layup with 11 seconds left in the second half. After a Saint Joseph's timeout, Galloway took the inbounds pass in the backcourt and dribbled around a pair of screens on his right. His shot hit the backboard and went through the net with just 1.8 seconds on the clock, and the Flyers missed a desperation attempt from halfcourt to give the Hawks the victory.
It was the first game-winning shot of Galloway’s Saint Joseph’s career as he finished with 12 points. Kanacevic led all players with 11 rebounds and had eight points to push him over the 1,000-point mark for his career, counting 282 points that he scored his freshman year at Hofstra. He also surpassed 900 career rebounds and now has 905.
The win snapped an eight-game losing streak for SJU in Dayton, which stretched back to February 21, 2001.
The Hawks owned a 15-point lead in the second half, but almost let it slip away. With SJU leading 47-32 at the midway point of the half, Dayton made its comeback, outscoring the Hawks, 19-7, over the next eight minutes. After Dayton’s Vee Sanford picked off an SJU pass, DeAndre’ Bembry was whistled for a flagrant one foul in trying to stop the break. Sanford hit both free throws to pull UD within 54-51 at 2:23, but Wilson intercepted a pass on Dayton’s ensuing possession. Bembry then hit a pair of free throws to increase SJU’s lead to 56-51.
A free throw by Jordan Sibert and a three-point play by Devin Oliver at :27 pulled the Flyers within 56-55, but Bembry connected on the front end of the one-and-one to give Saint Joseph’s a 57-57 cushion. The Flyers answered with a layup by Dyshawn Pierre at :11 to tie the game at 57-57 and set the stage for Galloway’s game-winner.
Saint Joseph’s scored a season-low 20 points in the first half, hitting just 26.9 percent from the field, and trailing 25-20 at halftime.
The Hawks came out like a different team after intermission and opened the second with a 27-7 run, including the last 12 straight points to give them a 47-32 lead.
Siebert led Dayton with 21 points, hitting six three-pointers, while Oliver scored 16.
Saint Joseph's begins a three-game homestand on Saturday, hosting #19/21 Massachusetts in a 6 p.m. start at Hagan Arena. The game will mark the 10th anniversary of the 2003-04 Elite Eight squad and members of that team will be honored prior to tip-off.