Saint Joseph’s 74, Villanova 58

Langston Galloway scored 20 points to lead Saint Joseph’s to a

74-58 victory over Villanova on Saturday night.

Carl Jones added 15 points, Ronald Roberts 12 and C.J. Aiken 11

for the Hawks (8-3), who won their third straight game and fifth in

their last six.

Maalik Wayns had 19 points to pace the Wildcats (6-5), who have

lost five of seven.

The matchup was played for the first time in the 69-year history

of the rivalry at the Hawks’ cozy campus site, Hagan Arena. And it

might never have sounded louder.

Traditionally, Saint Joseph’s has hosted Villanova at the

Palestra, the storied gym on the University of Pennsylvania campus

that is home to Philadelphia Big 5 games. But this year, Saint

Joseph’s coach Phil Martelli wanted to create a buzz and regain the

homecourt advantage that has been missing for the Hawks in recent

seasons.

The Hawks wowed the overflow crowd with numerous highlight

plays, including several alley-oop and fast-break dunks. Saint

Joseph’s finished with six slam dunks in the second half alone.

Besides the dunks, Aiken produced several fan-pleasing

rejections. The 6-foot-9 forward entered leading the nation with

4.8 blocks per game, and he finished with four.

The Hawks extended their 30-27 halftime advantage to 44-31 with

15:05 left. The Wildcats cut the margin to seven, 44-37, less than

a minute later with consecutive 3-pointers by Darrun Hilliard and

Wayns. But Saint Joseph’s went back up by 13 points 7 minutes

later, 60-47, after a behind-the-back assist from Jones for an

Aiken one-handed slam dunk.

It was one of several dunks on the evening for Aiken, who along

with Roberts and Galloway made the game a personal highlight

reel.

In the first half, Galloway tossed an alley-oop pass from just

over half-court to Aiken, who threw it down.

Villanova shot just 18.5 percent (5 for 27) from 3-point range

and 33.3 percent (21 for 63) overall.

Saint Joseph’s shot 50.8 percent (31 for 61) from the field,

including 43.8 percent (7 for 16) from long range.

The Hawks, despite a size disadvantage, outrebounded Villanova

42-34.