Tonight in the City 6: St. Joe's visits No. 18 Saint Louis

Tonight in the City 6: St. Joe's visits No. 18 Saint Louis
February 27, 2013, 11:45 am

Just one game on the slate tonight as St. Joe's visits the top team in the Atlantic 10...

Saint Joseph's (15-10, 6-6) at No. 18 Saint Louis (21-5, 10-2)
7 p.m., Chaifetz Arena

Previous games
Phil Martelli's Hawks have lost three of their last five but are coming off a 71-59 win over George Washington on Saturday. Junior guard Langston Galloway led all scorers with a game- and season-high 26 points on 10-for-17 shooting from the field and 6-for-9 shooting from three.

Saint Louis, meanwhile, is coming off its second win this season over No. 20 Butler and is riding a nine-game winning streak. In fact, their only two losses since Dec. 2 came in back-to-back games at Temple and versus Rhode Island on Jan. 12 and 19. The loss to Rhode Island, an 82-80 result in overtime, is one of only two games they've dropped at home this season in 18 tries, making them 16-2 at Chaifetz Arena.

St. Joe's comes into Thursday night an even 5-5 in road contests.

Top players
Senior guard Carl Jones continues to lead St. Joe's with 14.7 points per game and is followed by Galloway (13.8 points), who's fought off and on all season with his jumper. Junior forward Ronald Roberts leads the Hawks with 8.6 rebounds per game and trails only Xavier's Travis Taylor for the conference lead by one-tenth of a board.

For Saint Louis, if you slightly round Jodair Jett's numbers, four Billikens -- Dwayne Evans (12 points), Cody Ellis (11), Mike McCall (10.3), Jr. and Jett (9.9) -- average in double figures. Evans also paces the team with 6.8 rebounds.

Defense, Defense, Defense
Saint Louis leads the A-10 in scoring defense, allowing only 58 points per game. They are the only team giving up less than 60 per game and trail only VCU in scoring margin with a plus-10.7.

Hawks vs. the Top 25
St. Joe's knocked off No. 20 Notre Dame in an early-season, out-of-conference tournament at Barclays Center on Nov. 16 but has lost all three of its other opportunities against the Top 25, losing to No. 11 Creighton, No. 14 Butler and No. 22 VCU.

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