Saint Joseph's continued their recent dominance over Fordham as the Hawks ran out to a convincing 87-72 win over the Rams on Saturday afternoon at Hagan Arena, notching their ninth straight win in their series with the Rams with their win streak against Fordham stretching back to 2007.
Fordham came into the contest with the worst scoring defense in the Atlantic 10 and they showed several examples of why that is the case during the course of the game.
Saint Joseph's (19-7, 9-3 Atlantic 10) knocked down three shots from beyond the arc on their opening three field goal attempts as DeAndre Bembry's second made three-pointer in the opening three minutes and thirty-five seconds gave the Hawks a quick 10-3 lead.
Saint Joseph's never trailed on the afternoon as the Hawks long-range shooting was their calling card on this spring-like day in Philadelphia. Langston Galloway connected on a trio of three-pointers within the opening seven minutes as St. Joe's extended their advantage to 21-9.
Fordham (9-16, 2-10 A-10) showed some glimpses of quality towards the end of the first half as they ended the first half on a 15-5 run, cutting a 22-point Saint Joseph's lead down to just 12 points, 42-30 at halftime.
Saint Joseph's was a bit careless and sloppy with the ball at times, committing 11 turnovers in the opening 22 minutes of the tilt, allowing Fordham to hang tough into the early part of the second half.
However, Galloway would be the main story in the second half.
Galloway caught fire and knocked down three-pointer after three-pointer. Whether it was from the wing or from straight-away, Galloway was not missing from beyond the arc as he set the Saint Joseph's program record for three-pointers made in a single game. The senior guard connected on ten three-pointers in the game, breaking Brian Leahy's record of nine, set in a January 1988 defeat at Duquesne.
Saint Joseph's used a 23-4 run over a stretch of just over four minutes to put the result beyond doubt as Galloway's fifth three-pointer of the second half gave the Hawks a commanding 65-36 lead with 13:01 to play.
Galloway knocked down two more three-pointers in quick succession to set the program record while giving the Hawks a 71-42 lead with 10:09 left, matching the largest lead of the game.
With a career-high in points on the horizon, Galloway stayed in the contest until the final three minutes and eventually scored on a conventional three-point play to finish with 33 points, notching a career best.
After Galloway's made free throw, he received a rousing ovation from the 54th Airborne and the rest of the Hawks faithful as he came to the bench for the rest of the game.
Saint Joseph's went to their bench over the final few minutes of the game, allowing Fordham to close the gap a little bit, although the outcome was never in doubt over the course of the final 15 minutes.
Besides Galloway's 33 points, the Hawks had three other players finish in double figures including Bembry with 13 points while Ronald Roberts also scored 13 points while corralling 9 rebounds with Halil Kanacevic notching 10 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 blocks.
After the game, Galloway was full of praise for his teammates in an interview with Joe Lunardi on the St. Joe's radio broadcast.
“My teammates set a lot of good screens for me today," the Hawks senior guard said, "when I got hot my teammates told me to just keep on going.”
On the Fordham side, Bryan Smith scored a career-high 28 points in a losing effort while freshman sensation Jon Severe finished with 12 points but only shot 4-for-13 from the field during the course of the game.
With the win, Saint Joseph's moved into sole possession of second place in the Atlantic 10, a full game ahead of Massachusetts, George Washington and VCU.
Saint Joseph's will play on short rest as they will host Dayton on Tuesday at Hagan Arena with tip-off scheduled for 7 p.m. with a national television broadcast on CBS Sports Network.
“We have to put in a lot of work this week but we’re up for it," Galloway commented in response to being on short rest this week, "we’ll just try to keep moving up the ladder.”
In the prior match-up between the two teams three weeks ago, it was Galloway who provided the heroics, as his bank-shot three-pointer in the final seconds led Saint Joseph's to a three-point win over Dayton.