Sharp-shooting Hawks cruise past Duquesne

Senior shooting guard Langston Galloway erupted for 24 first-half points on Wednesday night for St. Joe's, helping the Hawks cruise by Duquesne 84-75. With the win, the Hawks improve to 11-5 on the season, and 2-1 in league play. Saint Joseph's has now won seven of their last eight.

All-league senior power forward Ron Roberts missed his second consecutive game on Wednesday night against Duquesne, as he continues to struggle with back spasms. Even without Roberts and sophomore forward Isaiah Miles (concussion), Saint Joseph's absolutely blitzed Duquesne at Hagan Arena on Wednesday night, in a game where the final score is not remotely indicative of the product on their court.

Behind Langston Galloway's sharp-shooting, and an overall "can't-miss" type of night for the entire Saint Joseph's team, the Hawks jumped out to a 52-20 halftime lead over Jim Ferry's Duquesne Dukes.

On the night, the Hawks shot a combined 17-27 from three, which is a remarkable 63%. Galloway knocked home 6-10 shots from three and his backcourt-mate, Chris Wilson, canned 4-6. Those two combined to shoot 15-22 from the field, 10-16 from three, and tallied 42 total points between them.

While Galloway was unquestionably the player of the game for Coach Phil Martelli, there were several other Hawks that turned in notable performances, including Wilson. Chris had 16 points, 8 assists, and 4 rebounds in just 26 minutes of action. Chris has had games where he's shot the ball well this year, but his 8 assists to 1 turnover line tonight really jump out at you.

The Hawks got two surprising performances off the bench tonight, and they were surprising for different reasons. Senior wing Daryus Quarles has been in arguably the worst slump of his Hawk career, going scoreless since the Villanova game. Quarles had 9 points and 4 rebounds off the bench for the Hawks tonight. The Hawks could certainly use production out of him during Atlantic 10 play.

Freshman center Javon Baumann had his best college game to date in the win, finishing with 8 points and 5 rebounds. Not the athlete that Ron Roberts is, and lacking the finesse game of Halil Kanacevic, Javon brings something else to the table. He scored all four of his buckets right around the basket, but he did demonstrate an ability to score the ball with his back to the basket in the post.

Papa Ndao started his second straight game for Saint Joseph's, with Roberts and Miles both out. While he didn't have quite the offensive outburst that he had against George Mason, Ndao once again turned in a solid outing. He chipped in 5 points and a team-high 7 rebounds in his 26 minutes.

Ndao, Baumann, and Quarles are three players that the Hawks could use boosts from off the bench when Roberts and Miles return to the lineup. Lack of depth is one of this team's greatest concerns. Roberts' injury has forced Phil Martelli to give extended run to Ndao, and he has responded. The Senegal native certainly looks like a player who has earned his spot in the rotation,

Back to the game itself, St. Joe's actually built on their 32-point halftime lead, getting the lead all the way up to 82-46 with five minutes to play. At this point, Martelli put in Kyle Molock and Colin Kelly, and minutes later, walk-ons Brendan Casper and Eric Kindler.

While the Hawks still won the game comfortably, the Dukes closed the game on a bizarre 24-2 run to bring the final score to 84-75. Jim Ferry kept his starters in the ball-game against the Hawks' walk-ons and deep reserves in the closing minutes.

With the win, the Hawks improved to 11-5 on the year. At 2-1 in Atlantic 10 play, the Hawks have an out-of-conference game Saturday night at The Palestra against Penn. They then return to Hagan next Wednesday to take on Rhode Island in league play. A preview of Penn will be up on Friday.

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