It’s that time of year, when teams have their sights set on post-season play. Saint Joseph’s is among them, and looking to make a huge push toward an NCAA Tournament bid.
The Hawks (21-7 overall, 11-3 Atlantic 10) have won sixth straight games, largely on the strength of the play of shooting guard Langston Galloway, the team’s leading scorer. Galloway, a 6-2 senior, is averaging 16.9 points a game – and is fresh off a 27-point performance in Saint Joseph’s 83-74 win over St. Bonaventure on Saturday.
Moreover, Galloway has moved into third place on the Hawks’ all-time scoring list with 1,827 points. Currently the school’s all-time career leader in three point field goals (with 316), he recently broke the Hawks’ single game three-point record with 10 against Fordham, when he notched a scoring a career-high 33 points.
Saint Joseph’s has come a long way since its early season appearance in the Old Spice Classic last November. While in Orlando, the Hawks went 2-1 in three games, losing to LSU, defeating Siena and beating Washington State in the fifth place game.
It wasn’t so long ago – a decade, actually – that Saint Joseph’s finished a regular season with a 27-0 record and advanced to the NCAA Final Eight. That team was led by All-American and National Player of the Year Jameer Nelson, now with the Orlando Magic.
The 2014 version of the Hawks are looking to build on that history, and get to the Big Dance.
They’re well on their way.