St Joe's beat down the visiting Wildcats 74-58, exploding after holding only a three point lead at the half. The Hawks were led by their backcourt (and their leading scorers), in Langston Galloway and Carl Jones. Galloway dropped 20 points while dishing out 6 assists, while Jones chipped in 15 points and 4 assists. The game was marked by highlight reel plays made by sophomore big man, and Plymouth Whitemarsh product, C.J. Aiken. Aiken showed his shot blocking prowess by knocking away 4 Wildcat shots, and helped blow the game open with a thunderous second half slam. As good as St. Joe's looked, Nova looked terrible. They shot only 33% from the field, while going 5 for 27 from outside the arc (18%). Guard Maalik Wayns was the only Wildcat in double figures with 19 points; however, he shot a total of 8 for 25 from the field. St Joe's improves to 8-3, while Vilanova falls to 6-5. The St. Joe's win eliminates Nova from a chance at the Big 5 title. The winner will by St Joe's, La Salle, or Temple--most likely which ever one wins out in the remaining city rivalry games. Villanova is back in action on Thursday night as they host American at the Pavilion, while St. Joe's hosts Coppin State on Wednesday.
News came out of 20th and Olney on Friday that redshirt freshman center Matt Lopez would be leaving the team for personal reasons. His decision to transfer frees up a scholarship spot on the Explorers that according to sources has already been filled by sophomore guard Tyrone Garland who is transferring from Virginia Tech. Garland was averaging 4.6 points in less than 10 minutes per game with his season high of 18 coming against Monmouth. The Explorers are back in action on Monday when they travel to play Delaware.
The only Big 5 team not to make any news this week was the Penn Quakers. Penn was dormant during this weekend, and hosts Marist on Friday at the Palestra after a 13 day break.