Saint Joseph's got 28 points from Tay Jones this afternoon, and knocked down key free throws in overtime to take down Duquesne 93-30 and make the Atlantic 10 semi-finals. There, they will face Dayton, who held on in the tournament's early game to beat rival Xavier 68-67.
During the game's second half, the Hawks built a double-digit lead, only to see it dwindle away down the stretch. The second half was eerily similar to Tuesday night's game against George Washington. In that game as well, the Hawks squandered a double-digit second-half lead, only to force overtime and ultimately win.
While freshman Langston Galloway was the star against George Washington, tonight's leading man was sophomore Tay Jones, who recorded 28 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists. Senior forward Idris Hilliard had 18 points and 9 rebounds, and front-court mate Ron Roberts had 19 points and 9 rebounds. As a team, the Hawks out-rebouned Duquesne 35-33.
Senior Charoy Bentley had the biggest plays in his career at the end of regulation and in overtime. With time running out in regulation, and the Hawks down two, Charoy found a wide-open Ron Roberts under the bucket for a dunk. In overtime, Charoy also stole a Duquesne inbound pass and hit a corner three during the ensuing possession.
With the win, the Hawks have the opportunity to play tomorrow for a spot in the Atlantic 10 finals. The game is a 1 o'clock tip at Boardwalk Hall.
The Associated Press article on the game can be found here.