1/27 Round-Up

St. Joe's travelled to Richmond on Saturday having won nine of their last ten. The Hawks had an opportunity to improve to 14-5, and 4-1 in league play, while also notching the most impressive win of the season to date. It wasn't to be, as the Hawks fell 77-62 to Chris Mooney's Spiders. Read more about that game, and the latest on the recruiting front, inside.

Halil Kanacevic had 21 points and 19 rebounds Saturday afternoon at Richmond, but it wasn't enough for Phil Martelli's bunch. Richmond shot 10-22 from three and 21-30 from the free throw line, outscoring the Hawks by 29 points in those areas combined.

Hawk senior Langston Galloway struggled from the field in this one, going just 5-17 from the field, and 3-9 from three. However, late in the second half, he did knock down a three to give him the all-time career record for made three-pointers by a Saint Joseph's Hawk.

The Hawk backcourt of Chris Wilson, Langston Galloway, and DeAndre Bembry shot a combined 14-45 from the field, and 5-18 from three. Senior forward Ron Roberts had one of his quietest games of the season as well, going just 2-7 from the field for 5 points and 4 rebounds.

Richmond was led by guards Kendall Anthony and Cedrick Lindsay, who combined for 35 points. 6'5 sophomore Trey Davis had a double-double for the Spiders, scoring 14 and corralling 12 rebounds. With the win, Richmond improved to 14-6, and 4-1 in the Atlantic 10.

St. Joe's dropped to 13-6 with the loss, and 3-2 in the Atlantic 10. According to RealTimeRPI, they now possess an RPI of 68. The Hawks return to action Wednesday night at Dayton. The Flyers are desperate for a league win, coming off a loss at Rhode Island that dropped them to 1-4 in the A10. I will have a full preview of Hawks-Flyers up Tuesday night.

Now we will turn our attention to the recruiting front.

Northside Christian (NC) improved to 20-1 with a win Friday night over Concord First Assembly (NC). NCA got 14 points from 6'5 St. Joe's commit James Demery in the win, per Justin Byerly. Demery will play early and often for the Hawks next year on the wing.

6'10 incoming freshman Obi Romeo attended Saturday's Saint Joseph's game at Richmond. Romeo and his adopted father, Rick Romeo, made the trip from West Virginia to Richmond for the game. It was Romeo's second game this year, after tripping to Philadelphia earlier this winter for the SJU-Creighton contest.

Point Pleasant Beach (NJ) beat Lakewood 66-43 on Saturday, behind 23 points from 6-foot guard Matt Farrell. Farrell attended Saint Joseph's win last Wednesday against URI. It was his second game this winter, after visiting for the SJU-Boston U. game in December. Monmouth, Butler, and Creighton are among the other schools involved with Farrell, a former Boston College commitment.

St. Andrew's (DE) played in the Nation's Capital Hoop Classic this past weekend. 2015 shooting guard Myles Stephens had 18 points and 8 rebounds for St. Andrew's in their win over Norfolk Collegiate. Stephens, who can shoot the ball really well from deep and has some bounce, is an Ivy League priority recruit who also holds an offer from Seton Hall and strong interest from St. Joe's. Stephens attended the St. Joe's-Boston U. game in December as well. Stephens' stock is on the rise and will continue to soar this spring and summer when he plays with the New Jersey Roadrunners.

Locally, Archbishop Carroll (PA) knocked off St. Joe's Prep on Friday night behind Ernest Aflakpui's 19 points. Aflakpui, a 6'9 center, has been to Hawk Hill several times this winter for games. At the moment he does not hold a St. Joe's offer, but he is getting a good look. Aflakpui's teammate, five-star wing Derrick Jones, holds offers from Kentucky, Syracuse, Indiana, Villanova, Temple, St. Joe's and more. He had 10 in the win. 6'4 junior shooting guard Chris Clover, who holds offers from all the Philadelphia schools, had 12 points in the loss.

Looking ahead at a few games in the near future, we can begin with Saturday afternoon. St. Joe's hosts UMass Saturday evening at Hagan Arena. If anyone is looking to squeeze in some high school action first, there is a good slate of games at Ben Franklin High School the afternoon of February 1st. Patterson (MD) plays Constitution (PA) at 2:45. Patterson has 2015 wing guard CJ Keyser, who holds Temple and St. Joe's offers among others. Constitution has 6'7 combo forward Ahmad Gilbert, who is being recruited by La Salle, Seton Hall, St. Joe's, Temple, and more. Neumann-Goretti (PA) plays Martin Luther King at 4:30, following Patterson-Constitution. The Saint have 5'11 junior point guard Lamarr Kimble, who is a Hawk target.

Then, moving to the middle of February, Life Center Academy (NJ) hosts St. Anthony (NJ) on February 15th. Life Center has 2015 guards Malik Ellison and Traci Carter, both of whom hold St. Joe's offers. 6'6 St. Anthony junior Markis McDuffie is also getting a St. Joe's look.

That'll do it for tonight's round-up. Check back tomorrow for a preview of Wednesday's Dayton game.

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