"It was like an NCAA tournament weekend with a lot of excitement," said Hawks coach Phil Martelli, who picked up his 350th career win. "You're sitting around, you're kind of waiting for your turn - and sometimes you can get stale waiting for your turn."
The Hawks were anything but stale. They shot 13 for 15 from three-point range in the first half to open a 57-23 lead.
They finished with 16 three-pointers, the fourth time this season they've made 14 or more treys in a game. They have made 33 in their last two wins.
And yet, it's going to take a little more to convince their coach.
"I don't think we're that good a shooting team, to be honest with you," Martelli said. "I think that the ball goes in in a flurry. I think our greatest strength is our balance."
That was on display Saturday, too.
Six Hawks made three-pointers, led by Langston Galloway, who sank six. He had 20 points. Chris Wilson and DeAndre' Bembry each scored 13. Halil Kanacevic had 9 points, 15 rebounds, and 12 assists.
Ronald Roberts Jr. announced his return to the lineup after missing two games with back spasms by converting a lob from Kanacevic on a designed play 13 seconds into the game. He scored 10.
The Hawks (12-5, 1-2 Big Five) have won eight of their last nine. Their only two losses in their last 10 have been to ranked foes.
St. Joseph's led by as many as 38 points in the second half. Tony Hicks paced Penn (3-11, 0-4) with 15.
On a day that began by celebrating its famous home, Penn ended it with little reason to be pleased.
"I'm sure everybody knows what it's like to get an old-fashioned beatdown - it hurts, especially in front of your family," Penn coach Jerome Allen said. "And that's how I feel when we play inside this building. It's like playing in front of our family."