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
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
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