Langston Galloway hit a school-record 10 three-pointers and scored a career-high 33 points to lead Saint Joseph's (19-7; 9-3 A-10) to an 87-72 win over Fordham (9-16; 2-10) in Atlantic 10 action at Hagan Arena. It was the Hawks' fourth consecutive win.
Galloway made 10-of-15 from behind the arc to eclipse the record of nine three-pointers previously set by Brian Leahy vs. Duquesne on January 17, 1988. The senior finished the game shooting 11-for-18 overall from the field.
Ronald Roberts, Jr. had 13 points and a team-high 13 rebounds for the Hawks, while DeAndre' Bembry scored 13 and Halil Kanacevic added 10 points and five assists.
The Hawks used their three-point shooting to go on a 21-2 run early in the second half, scoring three points on each of seven straight possessions. Galloway knocked down five three-pointers in the four-minute stretch, while Chris Wilson also hit a three and Kanacevic had a three-point play. At the end of the run, SJU held a 65-36 lead, its largest of the game.
Galloway connected on the record-tying three-pointer with 10:40 to play and then hit the record-setting field goal just 31 seconds later at 10:09 to give SJU a 71-42 lead.
"I thought [Langston] had a quick twitch which I thought was really good. He got into his shot quickly and he recognized that he had some space. I thought we did a nice job of getting him on the other side of the floor," said SJU's Phil Martelli, who coached his 300th Atlantic 10 game today. "Look, when you work as hard as he works, you deserve good things to happen, and the ball went in the basket for him tonight."
"It's very rare that he has two or three games in a row where he's playing poorly," said Martelli on Galloway bouncing back after a six-point effort at Rhode Island (Feb. 19). "You know, Lang gets it. He's a senior. He's got three games left in this building. And he wanted to leave people with a memory on this one."
The Hawks scored the first seven points of the game and built up a quick 18-7 lead, helped by two three-pointers from Galloway. Another three by Galloway and five points from Bembry pushed SJU's advantage to 37-15, their biggest of the half.
A pair free throws by Wilson kept SJU's lead at 39-17, but Fordham would close out the half with a 13-3 run, as Bryan Smith scored 11 of them, and cut the deficit to 42-30 at halftime.
Although SJU shot 60 percent from the field in the first half, the Hawks committed nine turnovers, and followed that with 10 in the second half.
"At half time, I said to the players that it's a game of numbers. We had given up nine offensive rebounds and we had nine turnovers. No better in the second half with the turnovers. That will be a feature in tomorrow's film session as we get ready for Tuesday night," said Martelli. "And then the offensive reads that they had, obviously in feeding a hot-hand in Langston. But it's not enough shots. 49 shots is not enough. We have work to do tomorrow because we have a very challenging game on Tuesday night."
Smith led Fordham with 28 points, as he made 6-of-11 three-point field goals. Jon Severe added 12 points for the Rams.
Saint Joseph's will host Dayton in a rare Tuesday evening game, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. with the national broadcast on CBS Sports Network.