Garrett Miley @GWMiley
Saint Joseph’s defeated Harvard 75-56 on Friday night, behind a big game from Carl Jones in his home debut for the Hawks. Jones had a game-high 24 points to go along with five assists and four rebounds in the win.
The starting lineups were announced in Hagan Arena and, once again, Jones’ name was notably absent. Sophomore guard Chris Wilson continued to start in place of Jones Friday night against Harvard. This was Jones’ second game back since the team suspended him for three games after he violated the university’s community standards, and for the second straight game he came off the bench. However, that didn’t stop Jones from taking over the game.
Jones entered the game with 15:09 remaining in the first half and netted a 3-point field goal on his first possession. Jones took over the first half, going 4-for-6 from behind the arc on his way to 18 first-half points to lead all scorers at the intermission. The Hawks were a much faster paced team looking to run in transition with Jones in the lineup, and after the game Jones expressed his desire to start.
“Yeah, of course,” Jones said on whether he would prefer to be in the starting lineup.”I can’t do it off the bench, it’s not what I want to do. I came off the bench today and I’m still going to play my game regardless.”
Freshman Isaiah Miles was the second man off the bench against Harvard after not making an appearance against Notre Dame or Florida State. C.J. Aiken found himself in foul trouble early on, playing only five first-half minutes and scoring two first-half points for the Hawks and opening up the door for Miles to pick up some valuable minutes. Miles finished the game with eight points and shot 3-for-3 from the field.
“Going up to Brooklyn and not getting into the game was tough,” Miles said. “Growing up and in high school I always played, so it was a big shocker. My mom and dad always told me to keep working hard in practice and it paid off tonight.”
Saint Joseph’s led Harvard 41-23 at the half and did not let up at all thereafter. The Hawks blew the game open in the second half, leading Harvard 70-33 at one point.
Aiken finally was able make his presence felt in the second half for SJU, opening the half with an alley-oop three point play assisted by Halil Kanacevic. Aiken then blocked two Harvard shots on one possession, put on a highlight real of dunks, and went on to finish the game with 13 points, three rebounds, and two assists.
Sophomore guard Wesley Saunders continued to pace Harvard, just as he has done every game in this young season. He was the only Crimson double-figure scorer in the first half and finished the night with a team-high 18. Junior star guard Christian Webster struggled heavily against the tough SJU defensive scheme, shooting just 2-for-11 from the field and tallying just five points.
Harvard struggled shooting the ball all night, finishing the game shooting just 38% from the field, and 29% from behind the arc. Harvard did out-rebound Saint Joseph’s, something Head Coach Phil Martelli addressed in his post game press conference.
“You can’t get out-rebounded,” Martelli said. “And you can’t have a team shoot more free-throws than you. I’m not nit-picking.”
Guard Langston Galloway’s offensive struggles continued as he shot just 3-for-14 from the field, totaling just eight points. The junior guard is approaching 1,000 career points and he was asked if it was on his mind against Harvard.
“No,” said Galloway. “I’m shooting the ball the same way as before. They’re just not falling.” His teammates chimed in on his struggles, yelling “brick” when he was asked about his shooting.
Galloway, however, was extremely pleased with the defensive effort and game plan his teammates played with tonight.
“We played really good defense tonight, we definitely shut them down,” Galloway said. “We limited what they were doing.”
The Hawks don’t play again until they take on American at home in Hagan Arena on November 28th at 7 p.m.