Saint Joseph's Basketball: The Hawks Find Their Swagger in Win over Fordham
"We're not going to be able to play with him in a vacuum," SJU head coach Phil Martelli said. "Wherever he was, he came back from that trip away," he added.
Who exactly is Phil Martelli talking about? That would be sophomore guard Langston Galloway, who tied his career high Wednesday with 30 points.
The match up between SJU and Fordham was not only an Atlantic 10 competition but also was part of the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight, using Jesuit basketball to raise awareness of Jesuit education. In front of a near sold-out crowd on the campus of St. Joe's, the Hawks proved they were the all-around better team, winning 80-62.
Galloway shot lights out from behind the arc hitting seven three-pointers. After an unusual performance against Charlotte, Galloway said he just needed to relax and let the game come to him.
"I was stressing too much trying to make the ball go in, I was just relaxing and playing well," Galloway said.
Galloway has always been a team first guy, so when he hit his last three with just 27 seconds remaining all he was trying to do was lead his team to victory.
"Just trying to win, that's all that counts to me," Galloway said.
One department SJU needs some serious work in is foul shooting. They were 18-32 from the line as a team and Ron Roberts was 1-10. Phil Martelli isn't too worried about the big man at the line though.
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"I wanted him (Roberts) to get fouled at the end of the game," Martelli said, "he'll make them, I'm confident he'll make them."
Apart from Roberts' foul shooting woes, he played a pivotal role in the Hawks' 18-point victory over the Rams.
Halil Kanacevic ran into foul trouble early in the game and Roberts boosted a spark in not only the players but also the fans at Hagan Arena. Roberts led the team in rebounds,12, and added five points, including a monster two-handed slam in the first half, which really caused the crowd to erupt.
An interesting tidbit about this game: Peter King was in attendance. King is the U.S. representative for New York's 3rd Congressional District.
The Hawks go on a two-game road trip playing UMass on Saturday in another Atlantic-10 matchup. Then, they have an extremely crucial league game at Xavier on Wednesday, January 18.
The lone undefeated team in the Atlantic-10 is La Salle, who was projected to finish 13th in the preseason poll and just upset Xavier. It's been that kind of year in this division, so put your hands up and smile for the camera because the Atlantic-10 roller coaster is just beginning.
Eddie Ravert is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained first-hand.
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