Galloway paces St. Joseph’s to victory over GW

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PHILADELPHIA – Langston Galloway scored a season-high 26 points to lead Saint Joseph’s (15-10; 6-6 A-10) to a 71-59 win over George Washington (12-13; 6-6) in Atlantic 10 action at Hagan Arena.

Galloway connected on 10-of-17 field goals and tied his season-high with 6-of-9 three pointers.

Carl Jones scored 15 points and C.J. Aiken added 13 points for the Hawks, while Halil Kanacevic had a game-high 10 rebounds.

George Washington was led by Isaiah Armwood with 14 points, Lasan Kromah with 13 and Patricio Garino.

Saint Joseph’s got off to one of its best starts of the year, scoring the first 12 points of the game and owning a 20-2 lead in the first five minutes. Jones had six points while the Hawk defense held GW to just two points in the first five minutes of the game.

The Hawks expanded on the lead building it with a few more baskets from Jones, who had 10 points in the first eight minutes, and few highlight film dunks by
Ronald Roberts and C.J.  Aiken to hold a 27-9 lead at 11:02. Despite a 9-0 run by GW to cut the deficity to 34-25, Saint Joseph’s would hold a 40-29 lead at the half.

An alley-oop by Roberts on an inbounds lob from Halil Kanacevic at 7:19 maintained the Hawks’ lead at 34-16. But from there, GW would go on a 9-0 run, with eight from Garino, to come within 34-25 with 4:50 to play. The Hawks got it back to double digits on a three-point play by Jones, but Dwayne Smith hit a jumper at :49 to bring the Colonials within 37-29. Galloway then hit one of his three three-pointers of the half to provide the halftime margin for SJU, 40-29.

SJU maintained a double-digit lead throughout most of the second half, but GW scored five straight points to close within 59-52 with 5:53 remaining. But Galloway connected on another three-pointer and the Hawks led by double figures the rest of the way.

Saint Joseph’s next game is at Saint Louis on Wednesday.


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