Nov. 13, 2012
Saint Joseph's started its season with a decisive 61-35 win over Yale in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. Fordham and Rhode Island were also both in action Monday as well. The last two teams tow begin their season, UMass and Temple, tip-off at 10 am and noon Tuesday as part of ESPN's College Hoops Marathon.
Saint Joseph's 61, Yale 35
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Langston Galloway scored 20 points and Saint Joseph's held Yale to 25 percent shooting as the Hawks opened their season with a 61-35 victory Monday night.
Galloway, a junior guard, scored 13 of his points in the second half, when Saint Joseph's pulled away after leading 25-15 at halftime.
He and Ronald Roberts combined for 11 points during a 17-0 Saint Joseph's run that made it 51-26 with 5:27 to play.
Halil Kanacevic added 11 points and 11 rebounds, and Roberts had 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Hawks, who will play 20th-ranked Notre Dame on Friday night in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic championship round.
Brandon Sherrod's eight points led the scoring for the Bulldogs (0-2), whose point total was their lowest since a 60-35 loss to Harvard on Jan. 27 last season.
Yale will play at Evansville on Friday night in a subregional game of the tournament.
Virginia Tech 69, Rhode Island 50
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - Erick Green tied a career high with 25 points to lift Virginia Tech past Rhode Island 69-50 on Monday night.
Green scored 17 of his 25 in the first half, as the Hokies (2-0) jumped out to a 13-0 lead and never trailed. Rhode Island missed its first seven shots from the floor and didn't score in the first 5:08 of the game.
The Rams (0-2) cut the lead to 28-24 on a basket by Xavier Munford with 1:59 left in the first half. But the Hokies scored the last eight points of the half - six of those coming on two Green 3-pointers - to take a 36-24 lead at halftime. Rhode Island got no closer than 11 the rest of the game.
Green hit 8 of 15 from the floor, including four 3-pointers.
Munford led the Rams with 24 points.
Pittsburgh 86, Fordham 51
PITTSBURGH (AP) - J.J. Moore netted 20 points to lead Pittsburgh in a dominant 86-51 victory over Fordham Monday night in a nonconference affair.
With the win, Pittsburgh (2-0) advances to the semifinal round of the NIT preseason tournament.
Points were divvied up among several Panthers.
Steve Adams, the Preseason Big East Rookie of the Year, had an impressive game with 13 points and five rebounds. Trey Woodall was not far behind with 12 points.
Bryan Smith led the scoring effort for Fordham (0-2) with 11 points and three rebounds, and was 4 of 9 on 3-point tries. The Rams shot 40 percent (6 of 15) from beyond the arc.
But those 3-pointers could only do so much for the Rams.
The Panther's man-to-man defense slowed down the Fordham 3-pointers in the second half as Pittsburgh took control of the game with fast-paced drives down the court.