OLEAN, N.Y. – Senior guard Langston Galloway moved into third place on Saint Joseph’s all-time scoring list as his 27 points led the SJU men’s basketball team to an 83-74 victory over St. Bonaventure on Saturday afternoon at the Reilly Center. The win extends Saint Joseph’s winning streak to six.
Galloway led four Hawks in double figures, as freshman DeAndre' Bembry added 18, senior Ronald Roberts, Jr., had 15, and sophomore Isaiah Miles chipped in with 11 off the bench. Galloway also pulled in a game-high eight rebounds.
Saint Joseph’s (21-7 overall, 11-3 Atlantic 10) held a 40-35 lead at halftime, but the Bonnies went ahead for the first time since early in the game, 45-44, with 16:54 to go in the game. The teams then traded baskets, and with the score at 47-46, the Hawks embarked on an 8-0 to take the lead for good, punctuated by a three-point play from Galloway at 12:48 that made it 54-47.
St. Bonaventure (16-13 overall, 6-9 Atlantic 10) cut it to four with 12:34 to go, but Galloway scored the next five points – making it eight straight for the senior guard – to extend the margin to nine with 11:43 remaining. The Bonnies answered with a 7-1 spurt that featured five points from Matthew Wright to cut the margin to three, 60-57, with 10:11 to play.
The Bonnies would get no closer, however, as Miles scored five straight to cap off a 10-2 run that put the Hawks up 11, 70-59, at the 5:57 mark. St. Bonaventure would score seven of the next nine to get within six, but a baseline jumper from Bembry made it a 74-66 game with just 2:15 on the clock.
From there, the Hawks went 7-of-8 from the free-throw line to ice the victory, part of a 21-of-24 (87.5%) effort from the line on the afternoon.
The teams got off to a slow start in the first half, but a three-point play from Bembry put the Hawks ahead, 7-6, with 15:10 to go in the frame. Wright would score the next five for SBU, but Bembry kicked off an 11-0 Saint Joseph’s run with a three-pointer that capped off a run of eight straight points from the freshman. A tip-in by Roberts and a pair of threes from Galloway made it an 18-11 lead with 11:50 to go in the half. After a jumper by SBU’s Youssou Ndoye, Halil Kanacevic and Papa Ndao each drained a three-pointer to extend the lead to 11, 24-13, with 9:45 to go.
The Bonnies then put together a 10-2 run of their own to cut the Hawk lead to 26-23 at the 7:58 mark, but Saint Joseph’s notched seven of the next nine points to go up eight, 33-25, with 4:07 left in the half. A Galloway jumper with 3:29 to go extended the lead to nine at 35-26 before a quick 5-0 spurt for St. Bonaventure cut it to 35-31 with 1:35 left. Miles answered with a three with just over a minute to go before the teams traded scoring possession to close the half with Saint Joseph’s leading by five.
SJU’s final two points of the first half came on a pair of free throws by Galloway that pushed him ahead of Carl Jones (1,845 points from 2009-13) and into third place on Saint Joseph’s all-time scoring list. The senior has now scored 1,861 points in the Crimson and Gray.
Galloway and Wright led all scorers in the game as each team had four players in double-figures. Galloway added four assists on the day, while Kanacevic recorded five to go along with five points, four rebounds, and five blocks in just 19 minutes due to foul trouble.
As a team, Saint Joseph’s shot 54.0% from the floor, including a blistering 63.6% in the second half; the Hawks converted on 12-of-14 two-point attempts in the final 20 minutes. SJU held St. Bonaventure to 42.6 % (26-61) shooting on the day.
Saint Joseph’s will play its final road game of the regular season on Wednesday, March 5 at George Washington. Tip-off is set for 9:00 p.m.; the game will air on Sports Radio 610 WIP and Comcast SportsNet as part of SNY’s Atlantic 10 Network package.