Richmond rolls past St. Joseph's

Posted: January 27, 2014

RICHMOND, Va. - St. Joseph's shot 37 percent from the field here on Saturday in a 77-62 loss to Richmond, but it was breakdowns on the defensive end that frustrated head coach Phil Martelli, whose Hawks saw their four-game winning streak come to an end.

"I was disappointed defensively, to be honest with you," Martelli said. "We missed assignments across the board. Not any one guy. Not any one position. We spent a lot of time scouting for it. Unfortunately, we reacted like a road team."

Senior forward Halil Kanacevic, who had a game-high 21 points and career-high 19 rebounds, echoed those sentiments after the Hawks fell to 13-6 overall and 3-2 in the Atlantic Ten Conference.

"You are not going to hit shots every game. If you are not hitting shots, you have to stop people, and we did not do that," said Kanacevic, who had six of the team's 21 offensive rebounds. "Today was a possession game" against a patient Richmond team that had just seven turnovers.

Guard Kendall Anthony had 19 points for the Spiders (14-6, 4-1), who led by seven at halftime and by 19 with 4 minutes, 34 seconds left in the game. Guard Cedrick Lindsay added 16 points for Richmond, and forward Trey Davis added 14 points and 12 boards.

St. Joe's senior guard Langston Galloway had 13 points, and with a trio of three-pointers he set a school record with 296 long shots in his career. But Galloway had just two points at halftime, was 5 of 17 from the field in the game, and did not get to the free-throw line.

"The ball did not go in, that's all," Martelli said. "He has got to become more aggressive, more assertive" on offense and get to the foul line.

Richmond's Davis said focusing on Galloway was a big part of the Spiders' game plan.

"We just wanted to get a hand in his face. I think we did a good job on him," Davis said.

DeAndre' Bembry had 11 points and eight rebounds, and guard Chris Wilson had 10 points for the Hawks, whose free-throw woes continued as they missed 6 of 10 tries.

Kanacevic, who had 12 rebounds in the first half, took little solace from his big game.

"Numbers don't mean anything if you don't win," he said.

St. Joseph's next game is Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Dayton.

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