The Hawk Will Never Die. St. Joe’s outscored the Bonnies 38-19 in the second half on their way to a 67-48 win to put them in tomorrow’s Atlantic 10 Championship Game. The Hawks had a huge game from senior forward Halil Kanacevic who finished with 26 points and 17 rebounds, just three shy from tying an A10 Tournament record.
Langston Galloway finished with 18 points for St. Joe’s on 6-12 shooting. With the score tied at halftime, Galloway hit a big three ball just two minutes into the second half to give the Hawks their last lead. His only other three gave St. Joe’s a 12 point lead, which pretty much meant the end for the Bonnies. Senior forward Ronald Roberts Jr. also contributed 12 points on 4-6 shooting. As a team the Hawks shot 45 percent but their defense was the reason they won, holding the Bonnies to just 25 percent from the floor.
Coach Phil Martelli was able to empty his bench in the lopsided win, bringing in 13 players on his active roster. For St. Bonaventure, their leading scorer Matthew Wright was held to just six points on 1-9 shooting. He was closely guarded by freshman DeAndre’ Bembry all night. Coach Martelli said, “Bembry on defense played like a 10 year veteran.” Charlon Kloof was the Bonnies leading scorer with 10 points.
Martelli and the Hawks will wait and see who they draw. But Martelli says both George Washington and Virginia Commonwealth are great teams.