Galloway leads Hawks in rout of Quakers

Less than 48 hours after a heartbreaking loss at VCU, Saint Joseph's got off to a slow start Saturday against Penn. Thanks to six threes from junior guard Langston Galloway, and yet another double-double for Ron Roberts, the Hawks cruised in the second half to a 20-point win at The Palestra.

Langston Galloway paced the Hawks with 20 points, on 6-10 shooting from three, and 10 rebounds on Saturday. Fellow junior Ron Roberts gave the Hawks yet another double-double, with 16 points and 12 rebounds.

Patrick Lucas-Perry had a driving layup to tie the ballgame at 17-all late in the first half, and at that point, the Hawks appeared to be in for a letdown performance against a 3-13 opponent. A strong surge late in the first half, however, gave the Hawks a 32-21 lead going into the locker room.

The second half saw the Hawks take complete control of the game. Ron Roberts was simply too much in the paint for Penn. Galloway got hot from three. The Hawks even got two threes in the games waning moments from Chris Coyne and Taylor Trevesian.

In the end, when it was all said and done, the Hawks got one of their most lopsided wins of the year, 79-59 over Penn. The loss dropped the Quakers to 3-14 on the year.

For the Quakers, there was a bright spot in this one. Freshman center Darien Nelson-Henry had 17 points and 7 rebounds. While athletically limited, especially going up against Aiken and Roberts, Nelson-Henry showed strength and solid post moves on Saturday. He is a clear building block for the Quakers going forward.

Senior point guard Carl Jones was St. Joe's third double-digit scorer on Saturday, chipping in 15 points. After struggling all year from the free-throw line, Jones was a perfect 5-5 from the line.

Junior swingman Daryus Quarles played significant minutes in this one for the third straight game. Quarles, who was relegated to the bench for the first 13 games of the season, has played significant minutes for SJU with Halil Kanacevic out of the country. On Saturday, Daryus was 3-5 from the field, scored 7 points, grabbed 3 rebounds, and had an assist in 17 minutes. His emergence could be a great asset for the Hawks moving forward.

In addition to Quarles, the Hawks also got a solid contribution from sophomore guard Evan Maschmeyer. Evan, playing in only his second game of the season, had 2 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal in ten strong minutes.

The Hawks improved to 10-6 with the win over the Quakers. They return to conference play on Wednesday evening at Hagan Arena against Saint Bonaventure. The Bonnies upset Temple on the road yesterday to get their first Atlantic 10 win.

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