Saint Joseph's (14-6; 4-2 A-10) will take on 19th-ranked Massachusetts (17-3; 4-2) on Saturday, February 1 at Hagan Arena. Game time is 6 p.m. and the contest will be televised nationally on the CBS Sports Network.
Prior to tip-off, members of the 2003-04 Saint Joseph's team will be honored as that squad celebrates its 10th anniversary.
The game will be broadcast on CBS Sports Radio 610 AM (WIP) with Matt Martucci and Joe Lunardi calling the action, with free audio streaming available on SJUHawks.com. Download the new SJUHawks app and upgrade to the premium app to listen to the game on your mobile device.
Due to the CBS television broadcast, video streaming of the game will not be available.
• Langston Galloway hit a three-pointer with 1.8 seconds to play to lift SJU to a 60-57 win at Dayton. He finished with 12 points in the game while Chris Wilson led the Hawks with 15. Ronald Roberts, Jr. scored 12 and DeAndre’ Bembry had 11, while Halil Kanacevic scored his 1,000th career point while also grabbing 11 rebounds.
• Langston Galloway, now SJU’s all-time leader in career three-pointers, needs just one to reach 300.
• Against Dayton, Halil Kanacevic surpassed 1,000 points and 900 rebounds for his career.
• Saint Joseph’s has gone 6-2 in the month of January, and has posted a 10-2 record since a loss to Villanova on Dec. 7.
• The 2003-04 SJU team that reached the NCAA Elite Eight marks its 10th anniversary this year and a few members of the team will be honored prior to the game.
• The Hawks are in the midst of a three-game homestand and will host #19/21 Saint Louis on Wednesday.
AST TIME OUT: Langston Galloway banked home a three-pointer with 1.8 seconds remaining to lead Saint Joseph's past Dayton, 60-57. Chris Wilson led the Hawks with 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting, while Halil Kanacevic scored the 1,000th point of his collegiate career and grabbed 11 rebounds. Ronald Roberts, Jr. added 12 points and DeAndre’ Bembry had 11. With the Hawks leading 57-55, Dayton's Dyshawn Pierre tied the game with a layup with 11 seconds left. After a 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 1.8 seconds on the clock. The Flyers missed a desperation attempt from halfcourt to give the Hawks the victory, their first in Dayton since Feb. 21, 2001, snapping an eight-game losing streak at UD Arena. 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, Bembry was whistled for a flagrant 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. The Flyers came within 56-55, at :27, but Bembry connected on the front end of the one-and-one to give SJU a 57-55 cushion. The Flyers answered with a layup at :11 to tie the game at 57-57 and set the stage for Galloway’s game-winner. SJU scored a season-low 20 points in the first half, and trailed 25-20 at halftime. The Hawks came out like a different team after intermission and opened the second with a 27-7 run, including 12 straight points to take a 47-32 lead.
LAST TIME VS. UMASS: A shorthanded Saint Joseph’s team battled for 40 minutes, but a late run to end the game gave 19th-ranked Massachusetts a 66-62 victory at the Mullins Center on Jan. 8. Halil Kanacevic led the Hawks with 19 points and 13 rebounds, while Langston Galloway and DeAndre’ Bembry chipped in 18 and 16 points, respectively. Ronald Roberts left the game early in the second half due to back spasms after an awkward fall and did not return. SJU was also without Isaiah Miles, who missed the game due to a concussion. Saint Joseph’s held a 31-28 lead at halftime, but a 7-0 spurt by UMass put the Minutemen on top, 35-31, with 18:16 to go and then increased to 13-4 after a layup to put the home team ahead 41-35 with 14:05 remaining. A Galloway jumper at 13:48 kicked off a 7-0 run for the Hawks; a three-pointer by Kanacevic and a layup by Chris Wilson put SJU ahead by a point, 42-41, with 12:09 to go. With the score tied, 48-48, at 9:22, the Hawks would score the next nine points of the game, seven of them by Kanacevic, to take a 57-48 lead with 6:23 to go. But from that point forward, UMass outscored Saint Joseph’s, 18-5, to secure the victory.
LATE-GAME HEROICS: Langston Galloway banked in a three-pointer with 1.8 seconds to play to give the Hawks a 60-57 win at Dayton. It was the first game-winning shot of his SJU career.
LONG-DISTANCE LEADER: Langston Galloway is now Saint Joseph’s all-time leader in career three-pointers with 299. Galloway hit three threes at Richmond to break the record of 294 held by Big 5 Hall of Fame inductee Pat Carroll (2001-05).
MAGIC NUMBER: Halil Kanacevic became the most recent Hawk to surpass the 1,000-point mark for his career, which includes 282 scored in his freshman season at Hofstra. The senior reached the mark when he scored eight points at Dayton. A total of 52 Hawks have scored 1,000 points, as Ronald Roberts reached the milestone earlier this year. SJU is one of six schools in the nation with three 1,000-point scorers currently in its starting lineup - Langston Galloway, Roberts, and Kanacevic. The last time SJU had three 1,000-point scorers on the same squad was in 2007-08, with Pat Calathes, Rob Ferguson and Ahmad Nivins.
NEW GOAL: In addition to scoring his 1,000th point at Dayton, Halil Kanacevic also surpassed 900 rebounds for his career and now has 906. That total includes 250 from his freshman year at Hofstra. Only eight players in school history have recorded over 1,000 points and 900 rebounds, including Clifford Anderson, Mike Bantom and Ahmad Nivins.
MISSED TIME: In the last meeting with UMass, Ronald Roberts played just 17 minutes. The senior suffered back spasms on a play in the second half and missed the rest of the game, as well as the next two contests. In the game, Roberts played 22 minutes and had four points and two rebounds.
20-20: After just missing a triple-double at Penn, Halil Kanacevic was within one rebound of a 20-20 game at Richmond. The senior had 21 points and a career-high 19 rebounds in the loss. Classmate Langston Galloway has scored 20-plus points eight times this year, and 30 times in his career, which is one of the best numbers in the A-10.
TEN YEARS AFTER: It’s hard to believe but this season marks the 10th anniversary of Saint Joseph’s memorable 2003-04 season, in which the Hawks went 27-0 during the regular season, and 30-2 overall, earned a number-one seed in the NCAA Tournament and reached the Elite Eight, while coming within two points of a Final Four berth. Jameer Nelson and Phil Martelli were the consensus National Player of the Year and National Coach of the Year, respectively, while creating a season on Hawk Hill for the record books.
LOOKING AHEAD: Saint Joseph’s is in the midst of a three-game homestand and hosts #19/21 Saint Louis on Feb. 5 and VCU on Feb. 8. SJU will play in Philadelphia for a fourth straight game when it visits La Salle’s Gola Arena on Feb. 15.