Langston Galloway (27 points) and Ron Roberts (19 points) led Saint Joseph's to an important bounce-back win on Friday night over Jimmy Patsos' Siena Saints. Galloway knocked down six threes, and also chipped in with 7 rebounds, in the Hawk victory.
The Hawks jumped out to an early 14-1 lead on Friday night, and never looked back. A Ronald Roberts alley-oop in the closing minutes of the first half gave the Hawks a commanding 46-22 lead over a Siena team that seemed overwhelmed physically and athletically. The Hawks entered the locker room at halftime with a 46-26 lead.
Siena opened the second half on a 7-0 run to close the Hawk lead to 13, but seven tough points by Roberts over the ensuing minutes allowed the Hawks to regain a comfortable lead. Siena was never able to get their deficit into single digits, and the Hawks cruised to a 78-66 victory.
Halil Kanacevic joined Galloway and Roberts as the only other double-digit scorer for the Hawks, with 11. Chris Wilson turned in a solid game, with a stat line of 8 points, 5 assists, and 3 rebounds in 25 minutes.
A night after having only six team assists, SJU had 13 on Friday, but also turned the rock over 13 times as well. And, for the second night in a row, free throw shooting was a concern. St. Joe's was only 20-31 from the charity stripe.
Evan Maschmeyer played 14 minutes off the bench for the Hawks, mostly down the stretch as Chris Wilson was on the bench with a minor finger injury. Maschmeyer knocked down his four free throws and also lobbed a pretty alley-oop to Ron Roberts.
A night after getting a DNP, Javon Baumann provided 5 energy minutes off the bench, blocking a Siena shot on the break, grabbing two rebounds, and being a nuisance in the paint.
After winning Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week honors a week ago, DeAndre Bembry had his second consecutive quiet outing, finishing with just one point in 28 minutes. After last night, DeAndre is also only 3-11 from the free throw line, something that he will have to rectify as the season progresses.
St. Joe's has Saturday off, then returns to the hardwood Sunday at noon on ESPNU to face Washington State. The Cougars knocked off Purdue yesterday, in a game they trailed 27-27 at halftime.
Washington State enters Sunday's game at 3-3, with losses to Butler, TCU, and Gonzaga. Their wins are against Cal State Bakersfield, Lamar, and Purdue.
Galloway, Roberts pace Hawks in win
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