Galloway leads St. Joe's past Duquesne

St. Joseph's Halil Kanacevic goes after the ball against Duquesne's Dominique McKoy.
St. Joseph's Halil Kanacevic goes after the ball against Duquesne's Dominique McKoy. (YONG KIM / Staff Photographer)
Posted: January 17, 2014

Langston Galloway and St. Joseph's started their game against Duquesne so well that Galloway's services were hardly needed in the second half of an 84-75 victory Wednesday night at Hagan Arena.

St. Joseph's improved to 11-5 and 2-1 in the Atlantic Ten. The Hawks have won seven of their last eight games. They will take a brief break from conference play to meet Penn on Saturday at the Palestra.

Duquesne fell to 8-7, 1-2.

Galloway thrashed the Dukes for 24 points in the first half, connecting on 9 of 11 shots from the floor, which included a near-perfect 6 of 7 from three-point distance. The senior played all but one minute in the half, helping his Hawks to a 52-20 lead as the teams headed for the locker rooms.

The story was the opposite for Galloway in the second half. His emphatic dunk to open the half proved to be his only basket the rest of the way, and he finished with 26 points.

St. Joseph's extended its lead to 37 points in the second half, using Galloway for only seven minutes before sitting him in favor of bench players.

"My teammates were trying to set screens and trying to get me open [in the first half]," Galloway said after the game. "Once I get going, then I figure I get the ball, dish the ball, and get them going."

Hawks guard Chris Wilson took advantage of Galloway's hot shooting touch in the first half, feeding him and his other teammates for six assists. Wilson finished the game with 16 points and eight assists.

Duquesne made a run to cut the Hawks' lead to 20 points with 1 minute, 45 seconds to play, and continued to trim St. Joseph's advantage as the clock ticked down.

The late tear by the Dukes came mostly against reserves in garbage time as the Hawks' lead reached single digits by game's end.

Not one St. Joe's player saw 30 minutes on the court. Jerry Jones and Derrick Colter each scored 14 points to lead the Dukes.

St. Joseph's coach Phil Martelli saw some need for worry after the game since the Hawks struggled from the free-throw line, hitting only 5 of 14.

"The foul line - that's really cause for concern," Martelli said. "But we did what a home team is supposed to do. We established it early.

"Players did a really wonderful job of recognizing Langston being hot."

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