St. Joseph's junior guard Carl Jones earned a scoring milestone Wednesday night, and it wouldn't be surprising if his sophomore backcourt mate Langston Galloway achieves the same feat next year.
Jones scored his 1,000th career point, but Galloway was the true headliner as St. Joseph's defeated Boston University, 75-68, at Hagan Arena. Galloway collected a career-high 30 points, surpassing his previous best mark of 27, achieved twice last year. He has 565 career points.
The Hawks are 6-3 overall and 3-0 at Hagan Arena. Boston U., guided by former Villanova assistant Joe Jones, dropped to 4-5.
Carl Jones became the school's 48th 1,000-point scorer when he hit a jumper with two seconds remaining in the first half. That gave Jones seven points for the half and 1,001 for his career. He is the school's 17th player to achieve that feat in his junior season.
"I am definitely glad to get it," said Jones, who finished with 13 points. "It was lingering in my mind, and now you can focus on winning."
St. Joseph's took a 40-28 halftime lead, largely behind the 14 points by Galloway.
Leading up to the game, Hawks coach Phil Martelli told Galloway he had to have a more aggressive mind-set.
"I felt he was just settling for jumper after jumper, and I told him there had to be more in his game, there had to be pressure on the defense," Martelli said.
Galloway obviously heeded the advice.
"I wanted to be more aggressive going to the basket, and it worked out well," Galloway said.
Hawks center C.J. Aiken, who entered the week leading the nation in blocked shots (5.0 per game) blocked five more.
While he was a threat driving, the biggest damage Galloway did was from the perimeter, hitting 6 of 8 from beyond the arc.
Boston U. got back into the game in the second half, but Dom Morris missed a layup with 3:15 remaining and the Terriers trailing, 66-61.
With 2:11 left, Galloway drilled a three, extending the lead to 69-61 and giving the Hawks much-needed breathing room.
Galloway even survived a spill while diving for a loose ball with Boston U.'s Matt Griffin late in the first half. Griffin is the son of former St. Joseph's player and head coach John Griffin, who was at the game. After staying down a few moments, Galloway walked to the bench with 2:21 left in the half. He returned shortly after.
Several Boston U. players have Philadelphia-area ties, including Darryl Partin, the Terriers' senior guard who played his first two seasons at La Salle.