- Associated Press - Saturday, February 1, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A familiar feeling crept into the heads of the Saint Joseph’s players after UMass overcame a big deficit to tie the game in the final minute.

Less than a month earlier, the Minutemen trailed by nine points before rallying to beat St. Joe’s. But this time, on their home court, the Hawks didn’t allow that to happen again.

Halil Kanacevic scored 18 points and Saint Joseph’s broke away from a late tie to beat No. 21 Massachusetts 73-68 Saturday.

“They got us up there when we were feeling like we should have won that game,” Kanacevic said. “And it almost happened again tonight. It’s a great win.”

Led by Chaz Williams, UMass rallied from a 16-point deficit in the second half and made it 68-all in the final minute. But St. Joe’s hit five foul shots in the final 30 seconds to secure the win.

Kanacevic added six rebounds and five assists. Ronald Roberts scored 17 and DeAndre Bembry had 13 points and eight rebounds for the Hawks (15-6, 5-2 Atlantic 10), who have won 11 of 13.

Just don’t try to call their latest win an upset - even if it was the Hawks’ first win over a ranked team in two years.

“Take nothing away from UMass but we played them already and we almost beat them,” Kanacevic said. “We feel like we should have beat them. I don’t feel like it’s an upset.”

“I’m delighted we didn’t storm the court or anything like that,” St. Joe’s coach Phil Martelli added. “That’s not necessary.”

Derrick Gordon scored 21 and Chaz Williams finished with 16 points and 10 assists for the Minutemen (17-4, 4-3). UMass has lost three of four, with all three losses coming on the road.

Williams scored nine points in the last 4:19 and forced a steal and fed Gordon for a game-tying layup with 1:23 left. He made a foul shot to tie it at 68 with 39 seconds left, but missed his second try. UMass failed to convert three straight putback attempts before Chris Wilson corralled the rebound for St. Joe’s and got fouled.

“I thought we fought back and were probably a missed layup away from winning that game,” UMass coach Derek Kellogg said. “We had two one-footers to go up two and we put them to the free throw line shortly thereafter.”

After Wilson made both foul shots, the Hawks forced a turnover and Papa Ndao made two more free throws with 12.6 seconds left to make it 72-68.

UMass didn’t get a shot off on the other end and Langston Galloway sealed the win by making one of two free throws with 5.9 seconds left.

Galloway, the Hawks’ leading scorer, didn’t have a point in the first half. He finished with seven on 2-for-7 shooting.

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