Sunday Night State of the Hawks

On Saturday afternoon, Saint Joseph's got a record-setting performance from senior shooting guard Langston Galloway, and in the process knocked off Fordham 87-72. The Hawks improved to 19-7 (9-3) with the win, and are in sole possession of second place in the Atlantic 10. Read more about the win, and a handful of updates on 2014 Hawk commits, inside.

Senior shooting guard Langston Galloway, who is already the career leader in made threes on Hawk Hill, now holds another record. Galloway connected on 10 of 15 three-pointers in the win, scoring a career-high 33 points. The ten made threes are a new Hawk record for three-pointers in a game.

DeAndre Bembry had 13 points for the Hawk, and all came in the game's opening half. In fact, at one point in the first half, Bembry's 13 equaled Fordham's team score. Ron Roberts also chipped in 13 points for the Hawks, as well as a team-high 9 rebounds. Halil Kanacevic was the fourth Hawk in double-figures, finishing with 10 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists.

The Rams, on the other hand, got a career night from junior guard Bryan Smith. Smith poured in 28, shooting 6-11 from three. In the six games leading up to Saturday's at Hagan Arena, Smith had shot 9-43 from three. Smith's sharp-shooting performance was one of the only bright spots for Tom Pecora's squad Saturday afternoon.

St. Joe's jumped out early on the Rams, taking a 32-13 lead on a Bembry lay-up with just over 8 minutes remaining in the opening stanza. Moments later, Bembry collected his second foul and was forced to sit the remainder of the half. With Bembry on the bench, the Hawks struggled offensively, and Fordham pulled within 42-30 at the half.

A Jon Severe jumped brought Fordham within 10, at 42-32, early in the second half, but that would be as close as the Rams would get. Over the ensuing 5 minutes, the Hawks went on a 23-4 run that included five triples by Galloway. Moments later, Galloway hit back-to-back threes once more and the Hawks were in full-fledged cruise control, up 71-42. In the end, Phil Martelli's team earned an 87-72 win, and with the win continued to rack up wins. Since losing to Villanova on December 7th, the Hawks are 15-3. At 9-3 in league play, the Hawks are in sole possession of 2nd place.

Saint Joseph's returns to action on Tuesday night at 7, when they host fellow bubble team Dayton. The Hawks defeated Dayton 60-57 on a Langston Galloway banked three on January 29th at Dayton Arena.

Now, we will turn our attention to the recruiting front. A handful of Saint Joseph's-bound seniors had big performances over the weekend.

Cardinal Hayes won the New York City CHSAA AA title on Saturday afternoon, beating St. Peter's 70-50. Senior point guard, and Saint Joseph's commit, Shavar Newkirk, had 15 points, 7 assists, and 3 steals in the win. Newkirk figures to be a part of the Hawks' guard rotation next season, as he brings toughness, speed, and true point guard instincts.

Northside Christian (NC) also won a title on Saturday afternoon. James Demery, a 6'5 senior shooting guard headed to Hawk Hill, and his teammates won the NCISAA title, downing Concord First Assembly 87-68. It is their third straight state title. Demery will get major minutes on the wing for the Hawks next year alongside DeAndre Bembry and West Virginia transfer Aaron Brown. Those three all figure to gobble up significant minutes next season, and it's feasible all three could go stretches on the court at the same time.

I watched Point Pleasant Beach knock off Southern in New Jersey on Thursday night behind a dominant second-half performance by senior guard Matt Farrell. Farrell has the likes of Fordham, Rutgers, Seton Hall, St. Joe's, and Notre Dame involved in his recruitment. A 6-foot guard who can do it all, and play both on and off the ball, Farrell turned in another big-time performance on Sunday afternoon.

Farrell had 24 points in a 51-43 double overtime win over Jackson Memorial in the Shore Conference Tournament quarterfinals. Reportedly, Rutgers was in attendance for this one. St. Joe's assistant Dave Duda and Fordham head coach Tom Pecora watched Farrell on Thursday night.

It was a busy weekend on the court and on the recruiting trail for the Hawks. I will have a preview of Tuesday night's showdown with the Dayton Flyers up tomorrow night.

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