Saint Joseph's Pulls Away Late to Defeat Dukes, 74-66
Jan. 12, 2013
PITTSBURGH - Langston Galloway scored 16 points, including two big baskets in the final 2:09, to help Saint Joseph's (9-5, 1-1) snap Duquesne's (7-9, 0-2) five-game home winning streak, with a 74-66 victory at the Palumbo Center.
Galloway hit back-to-back jumpers, the second late in the shot clock, after the Dukes cut it to two on an Andre Marhold dunk with 2:45 left to help the Hawks hold on.
Carl Jones scored 11 of his 15 in the second half for SJU. Ronald Roberts finished with 13 points and 11 boards for the Hawks.
Duquesne, which trailed by nine just over a minute into the second half, battled back to tie it on a Quevyn Winters 3-pointer with 9:35 left.
The Dukes were down one when Papa Ndao and Galloway sandwiched 3-pointers around a Hawks timeout to make it a seven-point game with 5:41 remaining. DU cut it to three on a pair of Colter free throws, before turning it over on back-to-back possessions.
DU still managed to pull within two on Marhold's dunk off a pass from Johnson to make it 66-64 with 2:45 left. It was then that Galloway took over to give SJU a six-point advantage.
Duquesne would get no closer the rest of the way.
"We played extremely hard, extremely physical - we guarded well and really rebounded the basketball," said Duquesne head coach Jim Ferry. "We gave ourselves a chance, we tied it at 51-all and then we had a couple of empty possessions with maybe one bad shot in there and then Langston Galloway steps up and makes two tremendous, veteran shots."
Saint Joseph's went on an 11-4 run to turn a four point lead into a 23-12 advantage on a Galloway layup 10 minutes into the game. DU cut it to five on a Jeremiah Jones layup with 3:48 left before Galloway answered with a three as Saint Joe's hit 7-of-13 from the arc in building a 40-33 halftime lead. Forward Daryus Quarles, who entered the game 2-of-9 from 3-point, came off the bench to hit three 3-pointers in three attempts to lead the Hawks' charge.
"This team was picked number one in the league for a reason, they have very good players," said Ferry. "I thought we lost this game because that team is better than us and they made plays down the stretch."
Duquesne outrebounded Saint Joseph's 47-33 and outscored the Hawks 30-18 in the paint. SJU hit 11 3-pointers, to seven for DU. The Hawks outshot the Dukes .415 to .385.
Duquesne heads to Amherst, Mass. to face Massachusetts on Thursday, Jan. 17 at 7:00 p.m. The game will be televised nationally by CBS College Sports Network.
The last time Duquesne opened Atlantic 10 play 0-2 was in 2009-10, when the Dukes started 0-4 on the way to a 7-9 A-10 finish.
With his 13 points, Sean Johnson took sole possession of 29th place in DU's all-time scoring list ... Johnson, who has 1,112 points in 108 games, needs 11 to pass John Moore (1,122 from 1977-79, `81) and move into the No. 28 spot.
Andre Marhold recorded his first career double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds ... the 11 boards tied his career high.
Mamadou Datt, in just his second game back, had 8 rebounds in 15 minutes off the bench ... Datt sat out the first semester to concentrate on academics.
SJU forwards Daryus Quarles (2-of-9) and Papa Ndao (5-of-17), who entered the game a combined 7-of- 26 from 3-point, combined to hit 4-of-5 3-point attempts.
Saint Joseph's was without 6-8, 256-pound junior forward Halil Kanacevic (7.1, 7.2 in 30.3 min./g.) who did not travel with the team due to a death in his family.
Sophomore guard P.J. Torres asked for - and was granted - his release yesterday and will transfer ... he was not in uniform for tonight's game ... Torres averaged 2.8 points and 1.3 rebounds in 12 games this season.