Roberts leads Hawks to win over the Spiders

With twenty-seven seconds left in a 57-55 ballgame Wednesday evening, St. Joe's junior guard, and team captain, Langston Galloway nailed a three from the right baseline. That jumper, only Galloway's second bucket of the ballgame, sealed it for the Hawks. They outlasted Richmond 61-55 for a much-needed win.

St. Joe's got a much-needed 61-55 win Wednesday evening at Hagan Arena over Chris Mooney and the Richmond Spiders. The win ended a two-game skid for the Hawks, moving them to 14-9 overall, and now 5-5 in the Atlantic 10.

Hawk junior forward Ron Roberts notched his eleventh double-double of the season, tallying 16 points and 10 rebounds in the winning effort. He also had the game's highlight moment, throwing down a monster jam on the break after a beautiful pass from fellow junior Langston Galloway.

The Hawks were led in scoring by senior guard Carl Jones, who finished with 17 points and 4 rebounds. The only other double-digit scorer for the Hawks was junior C.J. Aiken, who had 4 blocks and 9 rebounds to go along with his 10 points.

Richmond guard Cedrick Lindsay went the length of the court in the closing seconds of the opening half for an easy layup, which gave the Spiders a 36-27 lead entering the half. The matador defense, combined with the overall ugly performance in the first half, led to the Hawks hearing some boos as they made their way into the locker room at the half.

The second half was a different story. The Hawks came out of the intermission energized. A Langston Galloway three at the 14:53 mark gave the Hawks, who trailed by nine at the half, a six point lead at 42-36. Over the first five minutes of the second half, the Hawks went on an inspired 15-0 run.

The Spiders did not fold, however, responding with a 6-0 run of their own to tie things up at 42. The final ten minutes of the half were extremely sloppy both ways. St. Joe's held a 50-47 lead with 9:58 to play, and then only scored 7 points over the next nine minutes plus. It was a Galloway three that saw the Hawks hit 60 with under thirty seconds to play.

The win was a much-needed one for Phil Martelli's bunch. The Hawks are now back at .500 in league play with six games remaining on the regular season schedule.

Saint Joseph's returns to action on Saturday afternoon at The Palestra, where they will face off with one of the surprise teams in not only the Atlantic 10, but in the country. The 17-6 La Salle Explorers are 7-3 in league play, and will give the Hawks everything they can handle on Saturday. Check back on Friday for a preview of the Big 5 contest.

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