Boston would take control, as Saint Joseph's seemed almost lifeless to close out the first half and head to the locker room trailing 35-28.
Chris Wilson and Ronald Roberts would bare most of the load for the Hawks in the first act, scoring a combined 24, as the rest of the roster struggled mightily.
"That defense for the first 28 minutes was not acceptable," said Saint Joseph's Coach Phil Martelli.
While Saint Joseph's struggled on defense, Boston clamped down, and received contributions from all around in the first half offensively as well, as six players had four or more points.
Struggling to defend, freshman DeAndre Bembry found himself in an unfamiliar place, the bench.
"We have to get something productive from our bench. We had stabilized the game, but were we going to win the game with one of our five best players on the bench? Probably not," Martelli said.
The Hawks begin to look much more energized, and with the help of an early 13-2 run, would tie the game at 43 apiece. After being relegated to the bench, Bembry returned to action and would prove critical down the stretch, finishing the game with 11 points.
"DeAndre bounced back, I had to get him out, he just was not guarding...We can't win this game without him (Bembry)," said Martelli.
With a much more balanced offensive attack and tougher play defensively, the Hawks clawed their way back, taking a 56-54 lead on a tip in by Halil Kanacevic with 7:04 remaining.
Picking up the pace, Saint Joseph's was able to stake its largest lead of the game at 65-56 with just over two minutes remaining, and hold on to win in the end by a score of 73-67.
A comeback largely powered by the Hawks' veteran players, Roberts and Wilson finished with 19 apiece, while Galloway finished with 16 points, 14 of which came in the second half.
"I was telling Lang and Halil this is our last chance," Ronald Roberts said. "We really have to dig in. Whatever it takes. Just stay in front of your man, go for loose balls, get rebounds. Whatever it takes to win."
It seems the pep talk was just the medicine the Hawks needed, as they looked revitalized in the second half to notch their third straight victory and move to 7-4 on the season.
Saint Joseph's will return to action on Tuesday, as they close out 2013 with a matchup against Binghamton.
By: Kyle Babcock
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