In what was the de facto opening round of the Atlantic 10 Tournament, the Saint Joseph’s men’s basketball team held on in a nail-biter in Charlotte. The Hawks (9-21, 4-12 A-10), who entered the game with a one-game lead on Charlotte (10-20, 2-14 A-10) in the conference standings, won by a count of 71-70 after relinquishing a nine-point, second-half lead.
Langston Galloway, ’14, tied his career high with 27 points on 8-11 shooting (6-7 from three-point range). Galloway sunk one of two free throws with four seconds left in the game to give the Hawks the advantage. It became the winning margin once a three-pointer from 49er Derrio Green, who had hit a three with 12 seconds left to tie the game, went awry.
With the win, the Hawks clinched the 12th and final spot in next week’s Atlantic 10 Tournament. After opening the conference season with eight straight losses (nine straight when including a loss to Big-Five Rival Penn), St. Joe’s managed to finish 4-4 in its last eight games to prolong its season. Charlotte, the only conference team to knock off A-10 champ Xavier this year, lost eight games in a row to finish the season. Continue reading