The Saint Joseph’s Hawks (18-11, 8-6 A10) lost a key conference game on their home court against the underdog Richmond Spiders. Richmond was able to counteract St. Joe’s up-tempo style by slowing the game down using their own quickness. St. Joe’s half-court offense struggled mightily, and it showed with their meager 49 points. The final score was 52-49, in favor of Richmond. With 3 seconds remaining in the game, Saint Joseph’s forward, Halil Kanacevic, called a time out when St. Joe’s had none remaining. This counted as a technical foul, and Richmond made both free throws. Down by 3 points, guard Carl Jones threw up a desperation three-pointer and missed.
St. Joe’s still has a chance at an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament according to ESPN bracketologist, Joe Lunardi. Lunardi said that if Saint Joe’s beats #22 Temple on Saturday, they still have a fighting chance for a bid. That quality win will propel them into tournament talks only if they can beat St. Bonaventure for their last game of the year.
The star performers in this game were Saint Joseph’s guard, Langston Galloway, Richmond forward, Derrick Williams, and Spiders guard Darien Brothers. Galloway played the entire game without subbing out, and scored 15 points and accounted for 0 turnovers. Williams scored 17 points and Brothers had 12 points with an exceptional 9 rebounds. Next up for the Hawks is nationally-ranked Temple. This is a huge game with conference and at-large bid implications.