In a need-to-win game for St. Joseph’s against a struggling Fordham team, the Hawks got 33 points from senior Langston Galloway in their 87-72 win. Galloway set a school record by making 10 three pointers in the game, including six straight makes that led to the record-breaker at the 9:55 mark in the second half. Galloway’s 33 points also set his personal career high as he shot 10-15 from three. Only one of his baskets were for two points, on which he got fouled and made the free throw for the three-point-play.
With the win St. Joe’s gained ground in the A-10 as their 9-3 conference record puts them alone in second place for the time being. After the game coach Phil Martelli spoke about Galloway’s performance, “Lang gets it. He’s a senior and he wanted to leave people with a memory with this one.” Adding that “he had a quick twitch and found his rhythm early.”
Galloway gave all of the credit of his success to his teammates as he smiled in the locker room before saying that he had no idea how many three point baskets he had made. He laughed while saying, “I was just shooting it and hoping it was going in. But they were going in so I just kept on shooting.”
Incredibly all of Galloway’s ten made three pointers were shot with a calm demeanor and none of them were forced or rushed. Forward DeAndre’ Bembry said, “We have the best shooting guard in our league and its just a good thing he’s on my team.” The rest of Galloway’s teammates just smiled and called him “the man of the hour.”
Elsewhere for the Hawks they got their usual points from Halil Kanacevic (10), DeAndre’ Bembry (13) and Ronald Roberts (13) who all average scoring in double-figures. The 15 point win for the Hawks came despite his team turning the ball over 19 teams. The turnovers were something that Martelli really hit on during his post game press conference saying, “It’s a major concern.” He is also very concerned with the constant foul trouble that his big men are finding themselves in, “We aren’t going to play late in A10 tourney with Halil and Bembry in foul trouble.”
For Fordham, they got a career day from guard Bryan Smith who scored 28 points on 10-17 shooting. Smith also shot incredibly well from deep as he hit on 6-11 from three. But the Rams as a team shot just 40 percent against St. Joseph’s 59.
Up next for St. Joe’s is a huge game at home against Dayton. With only four games left in the season, the Hawks will need to keep it up in order to get a first round bye in the A-10 Tournament in Brooklyn.