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First half shooting barrage leads Saint Joseph's to win over Loyola (MD)

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Langston Galloway connected on his first four three-pointers as Saint Joseph's held on for an 88-77 victory over Loyola (MD) on Saturday afternoon in Baltimore.

Galloway's quick start helped ignite the Hawks as they put on an offensive clinic during the first half with their ball movement as they assisted on 18 of their 20 made field goals in the opening half.

The Hawks never trailed as they used hot three-point shooting from Galloway to take an early 20-12 advantage after his fourth made three-pointer with 13:49 to play in the first half.

Saint Joseph's (6-4) continued to fire on all cylinders as they used a 17-0 run to break the game wide open. During the spurt that lasted over four minutes, the Hawks received contributions from long-range from the likes of Isaiah Miles, Evan Maschmeyer and Chris Wilson as the Saint Joseph's lead bulged to 41-19 with 6:46 remaining in the opening stanza.

Wilson connected on his third three-pointer of the first half to give the Hawks an astounding 30-point advantage, 53-23 with 1:36 left in the first half. A traditional three-point play from Miles closed out the scoring for the Hawks in the opening half as Saint Joseph's went into the locker room with a commanding 60-24 lead.

Loyola (MD) (5-5) deserves credit for the way they battled in the second half as they turned this game into a much closer contest than anyone would have expected at halftime.

A late 15-3 run was punctuated by a three-pointer from the Greyhounds leading scorer, Dylon Cormier, and suddenly Loyola (MD) was within single digits, trailing 79-70 with 1:35 to play.

However, the Hawks went 9-of-12 from the free throw line over the last 1:23 of the game to escape Baltimore with a victory they would have taken for granted after building a 36-point halftime advantage.

Ronald Roberts Jr. led Saint Joseph's with 20 points in the victory while Miles netted a career-high 17 points. Wilson and Galloway also finished in double-figures for the Hawks with 17 and 14 points respectively.

Cormier led the Greyhounds as well as all scorers with 26 points. The senior guard is averaging nearly 24 points per game during this campaign. Loyola (MD) also had Jarred Jones and Eric Laster finish in double-figures with 15 and 10 points respectively.

Saint Joseph's gets a bit of a lay-off for Christmas before they are back in action on Sunday, December 29th, in the first game of a three-game homestand against Boston University. Tip-off at Hagan Arena is scheduled for 2 p.m.

NOTES

* Saint Joseph's out-rebounded Loyola (MD) 37-30 for the game.

* Langston Galloway scored all 14 of his points within the first seven and a half minutes of the game.

* Freshman guard Kyle Molock scored the first points of his career in the second half.

* Saint Joseph's set a season-high in bench points with 25.

* Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman Michael Oher was in attendance at the game. His younger brother, Sean Tuohy Jr. is a freshman guard for the Greyhounds. Tuohy Jr. did not see any action in the game.

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