Courtesy of SJUHawks.com
PHILADELPHIA – Senior Langston Galloway scored 24 of his 26 points in the first half as Saint Joseph’s (11-5; 2-1 A-10) staked a 30-point lead and cruised to an 84-75 win over Duquesne (8-7; 1-2) in Atlantic 10 action at Hagan Arena. The win is the Saint Joseph’s second in a row and seventh in the last eight games.
The Hawks put on an offensive display in the first half, shooting 71.4 percent from the field (20-of-28), and making 12 of 18 three-pointers en route to a 52-20 halftime lead. Galloway connected on 9-of-11 from the field and made 6-of-7 from three-point range for the highest single-half point total of his career.
Chris Wilson added 16 points in the contest, making 4-of-6 three-pointers, and handed out a team-high eight assists for the Hawks. Papa Ndao, who made his second straight start, grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.
Saint Joseph’s scored the first 12 points of the game and never looked back, holding Duquesne scoreless for the first six minutes. By the 12:15 mark, Saint Joseph’s owned a 20-5 lead and four minutes later, was up by a score of 34-9. Galloway’s sixth three-pointer gave SJU its biggest lead of the game, 48-11, with 3:23 remaining.
The Hawks cooled off a bit in the second half, shooting 55 percent, but still maintained a 30-plus point margin until the final four minutes. With SJU leading 82-50, Duquesne outscored the Hawks’ reserves, 25-2, during that stretch to provide the final margin.
The Hawks were without starter Ronald Roberts, Jr. (back spasms) for the second straight game and without sixth man Isaiah Miles (concussion) for the third game in a row. Both players are expected to return to practice on Thursday.
“We played like a home team. We shot the ball extraordinarily well. You shoot 71 percent in the first half, it kind of dictates it. And then playing against the scramble near the end, we need to have more attention to that,” said Hawk coach Phil Martelli. “But 48 shots is not enough shots. We have to get to 60 shots. And the foul line (5-for-14), that’s really a cause for concern. But we did what a home team is supposed to do – we established it early.”
“The players deserve a lot of credit, because they realized he (Galloway) was hot and found him. Even the first play of the second half was really Halil’s (Kanacevic) suggestion that we run one of our looks to get him a back cut dunk.”
Saint Joseph’s plays its final non-conference game of the year on Saturday when it visits Penn at The Palestra in a Big 5 matchup.