Men's Basketball Hosts Xavier on Saturday in Game Televised on CBS Sports Network
Jan. 25, 2013
PHILADELPHIA - The Saint Joseph's men's basketball team (10-7; 1-3 A-10) will take on Xavier (11-7; 4-1) on Saturday evening, January 26, at Hagan Arena. The game will be televised nationally on the CBS Sports Network beginning at 6 p.m.
The game will be broadcast on SportsRadio 610 WIP with Matt Martucci and Joe Lunardi calling the action. Audio streaming of the game will be available on SJUHawks.com free of charge. LISTEN LIVE
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There will be no video streaming because of the national television broadcast.
Tonight's game is part of the annual Coaches vs. Cancer "Suits and Sneakers" Weekend, in which the coaching staffs will be wearing sneakers to demonstrate their support for the American Cancer Society. Phil Martelli is the chair of the National Coaches vs. Cancer Council. The teams will also be wearing teal shoelaces to support "Hawks for Margo", an organization to raise funds and awareness for the fight against cancer in honor of Margo Mallory. Margo, who is the sister of SJU soccer player Taylor Mallory, lost her fight with cancer this year. The shoelaces can be purchased at the game for $3. To donate to Coaches vs. Cancer, text "COACH" to 20222.
The Hawks have alternated wins and losses since Jan. 5. The last streak was a three-game winning streak from Dec. 28 to Jan. 5.
Langston Galloway is probable for tonight after leaving Wednesday's game early with an eye abrasion.
This game is also part of the nationwide Jesuit Basketball Spotlight project, using Jesuit basketball to raise awareness of Jesuit education. Both SJU and Xavier are Jesuit schools.
JEKYLL AND HYDE: Saint Joseph's put together a second-half rally against St. Bonaventure, but it fell short in the 73-64 loss. The Hawks dug themselves an early 25-10 hole by shooting 4-for-18 and 0-for-10 from three-point range, and going 7-for-26 and 1-for-13 in the half. SJU was a different team in the second half on offense, hitting 57.7 percent and cutting a 22-point deficit to six with over a minute to go. But the defense allowed SBU to still shoot over 50 percent and the comeback fell short.
LOOK AT LANGSTON: Langston Galloway was named the Big 5 Player of the Week after averaging 21.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists in the Hawks' 1-1 week while shooting 57.8 percent (11-for-19) from three-point range. He scored a team-high 22 points in Saint Joseph's 92-86 overtime loss at #22 VCU, making 5-of-9 three-pointers while handing out three assists. Galloway scored 20 points as the Hawks defeated Penn, 79-59. He tied his career-high with nine rebounds, and handed out four assists while hitting a season-best 6-of-10 three-point field goals.
LOOK AT LANGSTON, PART II: Langston Galloway left the St. Bonaventure game with two minutes to go in the first half after he was poked in the (left) eye going for a loose ball. He suffered an abrasion of the cornea and did not return to action. Although he did play 18 minutes, it was the first time in his career that he went scoreless. His eye has cleared up and he will play tonight.
GOING SIXTY: The Hawks shot better than 60 percent in a half in consecutive games. At VCU, Saint Joseph's connected on 62.1 percent in the second half, while in the win over Penn, the Hawks converted a season-best 64.3 percent in the second half.
BLOCK PARTY: C.J. Aiken is averaging 3.0 blocks in the past five contests. Aiken posted a season-high six in the win at Drexel and then bettered that with seven at Duquesne. Overall, he is averaging 3.1 blocks on the season to rank seventh in the nation and lead the A-10.
AND ONE: Ronald Roberts had three conventional three-point plays against Butler and went 4-for-5 from the foul line. The junior has improved his free-throw shooting and is converting 66.3 percent on the year, up from 55.3 percent last season.
BALANCED ATTACK: The Hawks are sporting a balanced offensive attack again this year. SJU has had four or more players score double figures in eight games, with the team posting a 4-4 record when that happens. The Hawks have four players - Carl Jones, Langston Galloway, C.J. Aiken and Ronald Roberts - averaging double figures and ranking among the top 25 scorers in the A-10.
RON'S REBOUNDS: Ronald Roberts leads the Atlantic 10 with 8.8 rebounds per game and tops the league in offensive rebounds, with an average of 3.7. The junior is the Hawks' leader in both scoring and rebounding in league games, averaging a double-double of 13.3 points per game and 10.0 rebounds.
HOLDING ON: The Hawks have had some trouble holding on to second-half leads this year, similar to last season when they had the lead in 11 of the 14 losses. This season, Saint Joseph's has held second-half leads in five of the seven losses. At VCU, the Hawks held a two-point lead with 13 seconds remaining in regulation and lost in overtime. Against Butler, Saint Joseph's owned a 40-35 halftime lead and had the edge with 8:48 to play. Butler would go on a 7-0 run and take the lead for good in the 72-66 defeat of SJU. The others, with the time of SJU's last lead in ( ), are: Florida State (14:50); Villanova (1:08), Fairfield (:30).
ON TARGET: Despite the constantly changing shooting percentages, at this point, Langston Galloway tops the Hawks' career list for free throw percentage with 83.8 (201-240). Ronald Roberts currently ranks second in field goal percentage at 55.6 percent (310-558).
WINNING WITH WILSON: Chris Wilson has started 14 games at point guard and the Hawks own a 9-5 record in those games. The sophomore is averaging 8.9 points and 4.1 assists in games started, while shooting 43.1 percent from the field. He's tallied double figures in seven games, including six as a starter.
GETTING BACK IN THE SWING: Halil Kanacevic returned to action vs. St. Bonaventure after missing three games (Jan. 12, 17, 19) due to a death in his family which caused him to travel to Europe. He played 29 minutes off the bench and shot a perfect 6-for-6 from the field to register a season-high 16 points. Kanacevic has not been in the starting lineup since Dec. 11 at Villanova. He served a two-game suspension, returned to action at Drexel on Dec. 31 and has come off the bench since then.
LOOKING AHEAD: The Hawks go back on the road to visit Fordham on Jan. 30 before returning to Hagan Arena to meet A-10 and Big 5 rival Temple on Feb. 2. Saint Joseph's will then play two straight on the road, at Dayton on Feb. 6 and at UMass on Feb. 9.