PHILADELPHIA - Langston Galloway scored a game-high 24 points and freshman DeAndre' Bembry added 18 as Saint Joseph's (16-7; 6-3 A-10) held off VCU, 69-62, in front of a soldout and high-energy crowd at Hagan Arena.

Galloway, who shot 8-for-14 from the field, ended a two-game streak in which he was held below double figures and now has recorded double digits in all but three games this year. Classmate Halil Kanacevic posted game-highs of 10 rebounds and seven assists for Saint Joseph's. Bembry connected on 8-of-13 from the field.

Juvonte Reddic led four VCU (19-5; 7-2) players in double figures with 17 points, while Melvin Johnson added 14. Treveon Graham scored 13 and Briante Weber added 11.

Saint Joseph's took its biggest lead of the game, 63-50, on a dunk by Roberts off a lob from Bembry with 5:56 to play. VCU chipped away at the lead, running off 10 straight points to close to 63-60 with 2:56 to play, led by six points from Graham.

The teams then traded baskets, with Bembry hitting a layup at 1:28 to put SJU up 65-60, and then VCU's Juvonte Reddic scoring with 1:15 to cut the Rams' deficit to 65-62.

After a Saint Joseph's miss , the Rams were stopped on the next possession as Graham was whistled for the offensive foul, with Kanacevic taking the charge with 32.9 seconds to play. SJU then put the game away from the foul line with Galloway and Chris Wilson each hitting a pair in the final 25 seconds.

The teams then traded baskets, with Bembry hitting a layup at 1:28 to put SJU up 65-60, and then VCU's Juvonte Reddic scoring with 1:15 to cut the Rams' deficit to 65-62.

After a Saint Joseph's miss, the Rams were stopped on the next possession as Graham was whistled for the offensive foul, with Kanacevic taking the charge with 32.9 seconds to play. SJU then put the game away from the foul line with Galloway and Chris Wilson each hitting a pair in the final 25 seconds.

Saint Joseph's, which was without sixth man Papa Ndao because of the flu, handled VCU's pressure defense from the start and the teams were close throughout the first half. With the game tied, 20-20,  SJU scored six straight to take a 26-20 lead. The Hawks took their biggest lead of the first half, 34-24, on a three by Bembry at 1:29. VCU answered with a jumper from Johnson to cut SJU's lead to 34-26 at the half.

"The crowd support really pulled us through. A couple times in the second half they got as close as three, but the crowd support certainly had a major impact," said SJU coach Phil Martelli.  "I was proud of the players for the way they used it rather than saying, 'Well you know what, since we're the home team, we'll win a game."

"Everybody knows he's (Langston Galloway) a beautiful, beautiful person. He's been struggling. It's not like he needs to put in more time. I think there were even more opportunities for him to be even more selfish," said Martelli. "The players in the timeout were telling him he had to shoot that ball. So, the inbounds play was a big one. He pulled that trigger and there was one on the other side of the floor where I thought that was a quick one. There was one that was real, real fast. It was a good shot but he just didn't slow down enough. And we turned around. Lang had a lot of responsiblity in that he was the inbounder tonight against their pressure."

The Hawks get a rare Wednesday without a game this week and return to action when they visit La Salle at Gola Arena on Saturday. Game time is 11 a.m. with the broadcast on ESPNU.

** Redshirt freshman Kyle Molock re-injured his right knee in practice early this month. He had successful surgery on Friday, February 7 to repair the ACL of that knee. He will be sidelined for the rest of the season.

 

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