Cotton, Sherrod Score Eight Points Apiece For Yale
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Excitement and anticipation is high on the campus of Saint Joseph's these days. That was quite evident nearly 40 minutes before tipoff of the Hawks' season-opener on Monday night as the student section at Hagan Arena was filled to capacity. Yale was the opponent, and the Bulldogs learned first-hand what all the buzz is about.
Langston Galloway scored 20 points to lead three players in double figures as the Hawks broke open a competitive game in the second half en route to a 61-35 victory before a boisterous crowd of 4,120.
The Bulldogs (0-2) were within eight with 13:30 to go, but Saint Joseph's scored 18 straight points over the next eight minutes to seize control.
The Hawks' pressure defense held the Bulldogs to 25 percent shooting (13-of-52) from the field.
Ronald Roberts (10 points, 12 rebounds) and Halil Kanacevic (11 points, 11 rebounds) both had double-doubles for Saint Joseph, the preseason favorite in the Atlantic 10.
The Hawks raced out to an early 17-4 lead, but Yale used a 7-0 run, capped by a Jeremiah Kreisberg jumper, to pull within six. St. Joseph pushed the lead back to 13 before a late Sam Martin three-pointer cut the deficit to 25-15 at the intermission.
The Bulldogs got within eight a couple of times early in the second half, the final time coming on a Cotton three-pointer. Yale, though, didn't score again until a Sherrod layup with 4:45 left and by then the outcome was decided.
The Hawks (1-0) attempted 30 free throws in the game to seven for the Bulldogs.
NOTES: The game was part of the 2012 NABC Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. Yale next heads to Evansville, Ind., for three games this weekend. The Bulldogs play Evansville on Friday, Buffalo on Saturday and Western Illinois on Sunday… It also was the first meeting between Yale and Saint Joseph's… Freshmen Jack Montague and Nick Victor both made their first career appearances… Casey Hughes '07, a four-year letterwinner for the Bulldogs, was in attendance.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity