PHILADELPHIA (AP) — CJ Aiken scored 20 points as Saint Joseph’s University defeated Coppin State, 81-72, on Wednesday night, tying coach Phil Martelli for the most victories in school history.
Langston Galloway added 18 points, Carl Jones had 16, and Daryus Quarles had 10 for the Hawks (9-3), who won their fourth consecutive game.
Akeem Ellis and Tony Gallo scored 21 each to pace the Eagles (4-7), who took their only lead, 23-22, on Ellis’ three-pointer 7:29 before halftime.
Aiken scored on dunks the next three St. Joe’s possessions to put the Hawks ahead to stay, although Coppin State never trailed by more than 15 points.
Halil Kanacevic had seven points, eight rebounds, eight assists, and four of the eight blocked shots by St. Joe’s, which came in third in the NCAA in blocked shots, at 8.1 per game.
Martelli’s record in 17 seasons at Saint Joseph’s reached 308-212, matching Bill Ferguson’s win total from 1928 through 1953.
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