Hawks win second game in Italy

ADOVA, ITALY - Saint Joseph's defeated the NCAA Tour All-Stars, 84-71, at the Palaberta in Montegrotto, located in Padova, in the second game of their four-game tour of Italy. The Hawks are now 2-0 on the tour.

Ronald Roberts scored a team-high 15 points and was named the MVP of the game. Langston Galloway and Isaiah Miles each added 13 while Papa Ndao tallied 10 points.

The Hawks had control from the start, running up a 15-5 lead early on. SJU increased it to 29-15 but the All-Stars hit back to back three-pointers by Gabriele Salvato and Enrico Crosato to end the quarter, cutting the Hawks lead to 29-21.

Ronald Roberts started the second quarter and quickly made his presence felt, scoring nine consecutive points, with two dunks, that gave Saint Joseph's a 43-26 edge. The Hawks gained their biggest lead of the half, 49-28, on a basket by Galloway, and owned a 52-39 lead at intermission.

In the third quarter, Roberts scored the Hawks' first four points as SJU maintained a comfortable lead. Sophomore Isaiah Miles hit back-to-back three-pointers in the final three minutes to give SJU a 67-47 lead. Crosato scored the All-Stars next five points and a three-pointer by Schiavon cut the Hawks' edge to 73-55 after three quarters.

In the fourth quarter, the All-Stars kept within an average of 13 points, which was the final margin.

The All-Stars were led by Salvato, who scored 20 points, including four three-pointers. Federico Schiavon also connected on four threes and finished with 16 points.

"I was very appreciative of the hospitality, and the atmosphere and game management were outstanding. It was top rate – everyone here should be very, very proud," said head coach Phil Martelli. "As for the basketball, I was impressed with the competitive spirit of the All-Stars. Because of their persistence, we never got into an elongated run. It was a good eye opener for our players because we saw another team who took advantage of every opportunity they were presented and they had two quarters where they scored the last six points twice. As for our guys having the opportunity to give different players longer minutes and changing up starting lineups, that is clearly a positive as we go into the final two games of the tour.

SJU's starting lineup was Galloway, Miles, Halil Kanacevic, Evan Maschmeyer and DeAndre Bembry, while all of the Hawks reached the scoring column.

This was the Hawks' first game since last Tuesday, while they toured Rome and Florence. Counting tonight's game, SJU will play three times in the next four days, with games on Sunday and Tuesday before they return to Philadelphia on Wednesday.

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