Langston Galloway scored a career-high 26 points, 24 in the first half, as Saint Joseph's built a 30-plus-point lead and cruised to an 84-75 win against Duquesne in the Hawks' Atlantic 10 Conference home opener Wednesday night at Hagan Arena in Philadelphia.
Saint Joseph's shot a blistering 71.4 percent (20 of 28) from the field in the first half and made 12 of 18 3-point attempts. Galloway was 9 of 11 from the field and 6 of 7 from 3-point range.
Duquesne (8-7, 1-2) was scoreless for the first six minutes. Galloway's sixth 3 of the first half gave the Hawks their largest lead, 48-11, with 3:23 left.
The Dukes closed in on the deficit in the final minutes against Saint Joseph's reserves, ending on a 25-2 run.
Chris Wilson added 16 points for Saint Joseph's (11-5, 2-1).
Jerry Jones and Derrick Colter each scored 14 points to lead the Dukes, who have lost two in a row after a five-game winning streak and a victory against Fordham in their conference opener.
Top 25 men
■ Michigan State 54, Northwestern 40: Gary Harris scored 14 points and No. 4 Michigan State beat host Northwestern (8-10, 1-4) for its ninth win in a row. The preseason favorite to win the Big Ten Conference, the Spartans continue to roll along, though it was hardly an easy game. They overcame a sluggish start and pulled away down the stretch even though they were without one of their top players in Adreian Payne, who missed a second game with a sprained right foot.
■ Oklahoma State 82, TCU 50: Marcus Smart scored 20 points to help No. 9 Oklahoma State rout visiting TCU (9-7, 0-4). Smart, the reigning Big 12 Conference player of the week, also had eight rebounds and five assists for the Cowboys (15-2, 3-1).
■ Massachusetts 88, George Mason 87: Chaz Williams had 26 points and eight assists, Derrick Gordon made a go-ahead layup with eight seconds left and No. 16 Massachusetts won at George Mason (7-10, 0-3 A-10). The Minutemen (15-1, 3-0) rallied from eight points down in the second half for their sixth consecutive victory.
■ Saint Louis 66, St. Bonaventure 60: Dwayne Evans scored 18 points and No. 24 Saint Louis won its first game since breaking into the top 25, holding off St. Bonaventure (11-6, 1-2 A-10). Jordair Jett scored 10 of his 15 points in the second half for the Billikens (16-2, 3-0), who have won 10 in a row. The start is the school's best since the 1993-94 team was 19-1.
■ Maryland 74, Notre Dame 66: Dez Wells scored all 17 of his points in the second half as host Maryland handed Notre Dame (10-7, 1-3) its third loss in a row and climbed back over .500 in conference play. Seth Allen contributed 14 points in his first start of the season and Nick Faust added 13 to help the Terrapins (11-7, 3-2) end a two-game skid.
■ Clemson 56, Virginia Tech 49: K.J. McDaniels scored 14 points to lead Clemson (12-4, 3-1) to a win at Virginia Tech. Freshman point guard Devin Wilson, a Montour graduate, led the Hokies (8-8, 1-3) with 14 points.
Top 25 women
■ Louisville 75, UCF 56: Shoni Schimmel scored 27 points as No. 5 Louisville (17-1, 5-0 American Athletic Conference) beat visiting UCF (8-8, 1-4).
■ Michigan 65, Purdue 49: Madison Ristovski scored 17 points as Michigan (12-5, 3-1 Big Ten) never trailed, knocking off host No. 22 Purdue (11-5, 1-3).
■ Duquesne 67, Massachusetts 52: Raegan Moore scored 17 points including four 3-pointers and Wumi Agunbiade had a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds as the host Dukes (6-11, 1-2 A-10) beat the Minutewomen (3-15, 0-4) for the eighth time in a row.
■ West Virginia 73, Iowa State 59: Linda Stepney led four Mountaineers in double figures as visiting West Virginia (15-2, 4-1 Big 12) overcame 21 points from Hallie Christofferson to knock off No. 13 Iowa State (14-2, 3-2).