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Saint Joseph's races out to victory over Duquesne

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Saint Joseph's used an incredible first half shooting barrage as the foundation for a convincing 84-75 victory over Duquesne on Wednesday evening at Hagan Arena. The final score does not indicate the level of dominance the Hawks had over the Dukes in this contest as St. Joe's went deep to their bench during the second half.

Despite Ronald Roberts missing his second straight game with back spasms and Isaiah Miles missing his third consecutive game with a concussion, Saint Joseph's (11-5, 2-1 Atlantic 10) led wire-to-wire to win their second straight Atlantic 10 game.

The Hawks rarely missed during the first half as they shot an electrifying 71 percent from the field in the opening half while knocking down 12 three-pointers in the opening stanza as Duquesne (8-7, 1-2 A-10) allowed Saint Joseph's numerous open looks from beyond the arc throughout the contest.

Saint Joseph's scored the first 11 points of the game and eventually led by as many as 37 points as they built a 48-11 lead on the strength of Galloway's sixth three-pointer of the first half with 3:23 to play before halftime.

Duquesne outscored Saint Joseph's 29-2 over the final five minutes as the Dukes kept their starters in and continued to press against deeper bench players and walk-ons from Saint Joseph's.

Galloway led the Hawks with 26 points in the game, with 24 of those points coming in the first half as the Hawks cruised to victory.

Phil Martelli was able to use his bench extensively during the second half as the Hawks continued to show their superiority over the Dukes. As a result, freshman big man Javon Baumann set a career high in scoring with 8 points.

Saint Joseph's had eight players score on the evening as Chris Wilson was impressive with 16 points and 8 assists. Wilson made 4-of-6 three-point attempts for the game.

The Hawks wound up canning 17 three-pointers in the game, easily a season-high and only three short of the program record 20 made three-pointers in a single game set in 2004 against Temple. Saint Joseph's also had an impressive 27 assists on 31 made field goals for the game.

In an unusual statistic, Saint Joseph's shot significantly better from the three-point line than they did from the free throw line. The Hawks made 63 percent of their three-pointers while only making 38 percent of their shots from the charity stripe.

Jerry Jones and Derrick Colter led the Dukes with 14 points apiece in the losing effort.

Saint Joseph's takes a break from conference play as they take on Penn in their final non-conference tilt of the season on Saturday evening at 7 p.m. from The Palestra.

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