Men's Basketball Visits #11 Creighton on Saturday
Nov. 30, 2012
PHILADELPHIA - The Saint Joseph's men's basketball team (4-1) will travel to 11th-ranked Creighton (6-1) on Saturday for another meeting with its Jesuit rival. Game time at the CenturyLink Center is 2 p.m. local time (3 p.m. EST). The game will be streamed on ESPN3.
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The Hawks are coming off of a 74-55 win over American on Wednesday, for their second consecutive win. Langston Galloway scored 18 points to lead four players in double figures, while also scoring the 1,000th point of his career.
Ronald Roberts is averaging a double-double with 13.5 points and 10.8 rebounds per game.
Saint Joseph's won its lone game against a ranked team thus far, defeating #20 Notre Dame in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.
Halil Kanacevic is probable for today after missing the American game with a back strain.
The Hawks received nine votes in the AP Poll and 10 votes in the USA Today Poll for Nov. 26.
SJU is beginning a three-game road swing today, and will also visit Coppin State and Villanova in the next two weeks.
AST TIME OUT: Langston Galloway scored 18 points, and the 1,000th of his career, to lead four players in double figures as Saint Joseph's defeated American, 74-55. C.J. Aiken and Carl Jones each scored 16 points while Chris Wilson had 15 points and tied his career-high with eight assists. Ronald Roberts grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds. Galloway surpassed the 1,000-point mark on his second shot of the game and became the 50th Hawk to reach the milestone, and the 21st player to do so in three seasons. The junior shot 6-for-9 from the field, while making 4-of-7 three-point field goals. Saint Joseph's led in the early going, but American used a 7-0 run late in the first half to go up, 28-21, at 2:26. The Hawks then scored 11 straight, using three-pointers by Galloway, Aiken and Wilson, to regain the lead, 32-28, at halftime. The Hawks continued the run in the second half, outscoring the Eagles, 13-6, in the first five minutes to take a 44-34 lead. SJU kept it going and took a 59-41 lead with 8:45 to play, and then its biggest of the game, 69-48, at 4:33. Saint Joseph's played without starting forward Halil Kanacevic, who was sidelined with a back strain.
LAST MEETING VS. CREIGHTON: Carl Jones scored 29 points, with 20 in the second half, to lead four Hawks in double figures as Saint Joseph's upset #19/17 Creighton, 80-71, in front of a sold-out crowd at Hagan Arena. Ronald Roberts had 12 points, six rebounds and three blocks while Langston Galloway had 12 points and C.J. Aiken added 11 points and three blocks. Halil Kanacevic grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds as the Hawks outrebounded the Bluejays, 40-28. Jones shot 6-for-10 in the second half and got to the foul line 11 times in the contest, making 10 free throws. It was Saint Joseph's first win over a Top 25 team since March 14, 2008. The Hawks held a 35-30 lead at halftime, but both teams struggled to score in the first six minutes of the second half. Creighton tied it 39-39 at 13:36 on a three-pointer, but the Hawks scored the next five, including a three-point play by Jones. A three-pointer by Chris Wilson started a 7-0 run for Saint Joseph's as it built the lead back up to 51-41 with 10:42 to play. A dunk by Aiken gave the Hawks their biggest lead of the game, 67-55 at 1:49, but Creighton inched back with two three-pointers to close to within 69-63 at 1:01. A three-point play by Jones gave the Hawks a 72-63 cushion and the visitors could get no closer than 74-68 with 28 seconds to play.
INJURY REPORT: Junior Halil Kanacevic missed the American game with a back strain and is probable for today. In his absence, the Hawks started three guards - Langston Galloway, Carl Jones and Chris Wilson. Sophomore Evan Maschmeyer is sidelined indefinitely with a fracture in his right hand suffered in practice the week of Nov. 5.
JESUIT RIVALS: Saint Joseph's and Creighton have developed a strong rivalry, restarting the series in 2007-08. Today's meeting will be the third consecutive, with each team winning on its home court in the past two. SJU and Creighton have even more of a connection since former Saint Joseph's president Timothy R. Lannon took that same office at Creighton in 2011-12. At least year's game in Hagan Arena, Saint Joseph's marked Fr. Lannon's "homecoming" by inducting him into the SJU Athletics Hall of Fame. Fr. Lannon had served as SJU's president from 2003 to 2011.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN: This is the Hawks' first true "road" game of the year as the only games played outside of Hagan Arena were the two games of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Last season, Saint Joseph's had a 5-8 road record.
LANGSTON AND THE LIST: Langston Galloway scored his 1,000th career point in the win over American and now has 1,015, becoming the 50th Hawk to join the club. He is the 21st player to reach the number in his third season and the second consecutive junior to do so. Carl Jones achieved the feat last year in the ninth game of the season.
START IT UP: Senior Carl Jones made his first start of the year against American and scored 16 points. He had missed the first two regular-season games due to violation of the University's community standards, and made his season debut against Florida State, coming off the bench to score 13 points in 28 minutes. Jones followed that with a game-high 24 points in the win over Harvard, as he scored 18 in the first half.
RAVING ABOUT RONALD: Ronald Roberts was named the Player of the Week in both the Atlantic 10 and Big 5 for Nov. 19 after averaging 15.3 points and 13.0 rebounds. The junior earned All-Tournament honors at the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, averaging 18.0 points and 13.5 points as SJU finished as the runner-up. He scored 21 points and grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds in the overtime win versus #20 Notre Dame. He followed that with another double-double (15 pts, 11 rbs) in the loss to Florida State. He is averaging a double-double with 11.6 points and 10.8 rebounds per game.
CALLING ON CHRIS: Sophomore Chris Wilson opened the season as the starting point guard due to Carl Jones' absence and has had a solid five games. He had a career-best performance in the win over Notre Dame, scoring 19 points on 6-for-10 shooting, while going 4-for-4 from the foul line in the final 20 seconds of overtime. He averaged 15.0 points and went 8-for-8 from the foul line in the two games of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic and had 15 points and tied his career-high with eight assists in the win over American. Wilson made one start last season, and averaged 3.3 points and 2.7 assists in 33 contests.
NO WHISTLES: The Hawks actually lead the nation in fewest personal fouls, with 11.2 per game. SJU has only been whistled for 56 fouls in four games.
LOOKING AHEAD: The Hawks are in the midst of a three-game road swing. SJU travels to Coppin State on December 4 and visits Big 5 rival Villanova on December 11.