Hawks net needed road win

Entering Wednesday evening's game at Richmond, Saint Joseph's was 2-6 in true road games. Both the Hawks and Spiders entered Wednesday's game at 3-4 in Atlantic 10 play and looking to reach .500 in conference play. With five players scoring in double digits, the Hawks notched an important 70-60 road win at Richmond.

Saint Joseph's used a balanced scoring attack and a significant advantage on the boards to key Wednesday night's victory. For the Hawks, junior guard Carl Jones paced all scorers with 16 points, and tallied a double double in an unlikely way for a sub 6-footer. In addition to his 16 points, Tay also pulled down 10 rebounds.

Joining Jones in double-figures were sophomores Langston Galloway (16), C.J. Aiken (14), Daryus Quarles (12), and Ron Roberts (11). Despite an off night shooting the ball (going 1-8 from three), Galloway stuffed the stat sheet with 7 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 blocked shots. On the glass, sophomore post Halil Kanacevic did yeoman's work, corralling 12 rebounds. Saint Joseph's, as a team, out-rebounded Richmond 46-25.

For Richmond, it was a rough night shooting the rock. As a team, the Spiders shot 35% from the field and went 6-22 from three for 27%. Sophomore guard Cedrick Lindsay led the way for Richmond, scoring 14 points on 5-12 shooting from the field. Freshman guard Kendall Anthony, who averages over 14 points per game on the year, really struggled on Wednesday, going 2-10 for only 7 points.

The game began with CJ Aiken canning back-to-back threes for the Hawks. Those buckets, plus one from Tay Jones, gave SJU an early 8-2 lead. After a Richmond run pulled the Spiders back within 2, the Hawks went back up comfortably, 18-10. However, Richmond then went on a 15-2 run to jump in front of the Hawks heading toward the end of the half. During the final minute and change of the half, however, Saint Joseph's scored seven unanswered to head into halftime up 27-25.

This season, the Hawks have struggled at times out of the gate in the second half. That was not the case on Wednesday. Saint Joseph's began the second half on a 15-3 run to open up a 42-28 lead. A key during that stretch, and a promising sign moving forward for the Hawks, was the play of sophomore wing Daryus Quarles. Quarles had six points during the opening minutes of the half, and finished with 12 on the night, including an impressive dunk.

For the Hawks to improve, they need more productivity out of the small forward spot, and that is something that Quarles provided on Wednesday.

With the win, Saint Joseph's improved to 14-9 on the year and 4-4 in Atlantic 10 play. RPIforecast.com has the Hawks with an RPI of 51 following Wednesday's road win. Saint Joseph's returns to the Palestra on Saturday at noon to face Big 5 rival La Salle. Hawk Hill Hardwood will provide a detailed preview of that game on Friday.

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