Fordham brought the highest scoring backcourt in the A-10 to Hagan Arena, with Jon Severe (19.1 PPG) and Branden Frazier (18.2 PPG), but would be no match for the Hawks on the afternoon, as they combined for just 14 points in the Rams' 87-72 loss.
Saint Joseph's would continue to control the game early, as the Hawks scored at will against a much smaller Fordham lineup. An alley oop from Halil Kanacevic to Ronald Roberts Jr. with 12:21 remaining would give the Hawks a 23-9 lead, one they would continue to build upon, going up by as much as 22 in the half.
The Rams would begin to hit more shots as the half began to wind down, closing to within 10 before heading to the half trailing 42-30.
Bembry led the Hawks' early onslaught, scoring 13 points, and Langston Galloway would add 9, as the duo went 6-of-9 from three point range. For the half, the Hawks would shoot 60 percent, including shooting 53.8 percent from beyond the arc.
The Rams were led in the half by Bryan Smith, who scored 11 points, while Severe pitched in 7 for Fordham.
Langston Galloway emerged from the locker room ready to play, as the senior made his fifth three-pointer of the game to put the Hawks up 53-34 with 15:48 remaining. There would be no stopping the guard from there, as he continued to make it rain from beyond the arc, hitting his tenth three-pointer of the game with 10:09 remaining to set a new school record for most three's in a game.
"I thought he (Galloway) had a quick twitch, which I thought was really good. He got into his shot quickly. He recognized that he had some space," Saint Joseph's coach Phil Martelli said. "When you work as hard as he works, you deserve some good things to happen and certainly the ball went in the basket for him tonight."
The Hawks would continue to dominate, as would Galloway, as he scored his 33rd point of the game at the free throw line, breaking his previous career-high of 32 points in a game. With their starters on the bench with two minutes left and a more than comfortable lead, Saint Joseph's would send out the walk-ons, as they cruised to an 87-72 win.
It was a career day for Galloway, who finished with 33 points, making 10-of-15 from beyond the arc in the process to lead the Hawks in the victory.
"It feels good. Definitely, when your teammates are looking for you and want you to take the shot, it feels even better," Galloway said.
Now at 19-7, the Hawks are making a strong case for a bid to the tournament, but Martelli refuses to look past their next opponent, Dayton, who the Hawks play on Tuesday.
"I'm in one day at a time (mode). We have to be a lot better tomorrow. We just had 19 turnovers against no press," he said. "It's just one day at a time."
By: Kyle Babcock
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