- Associated Press - Friday, March 14, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - Langston Galloway pushed St. Joseph’s past Dayton with a late 3, giving the Hawks’ NCAA hopes a boost and sending the Flyers home for a couple of nervous days, hoping for a bid to the big tournament.

Galloway created some space with a left forearm to the defender’s chest before hitting the go-ahead shot from long range with 17.9 seconds left and St. Joseph’s beat Dayton 70-67 in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 tournament on Friday.

Fourth-seeded St. Joseph’s (22-9) completed a three-game sweep of the Flyers (23-10) in a game matching teams hoping to land - though far from locks to receive - at-large NCAA tournament bids.

Of course, St. Joe’s coach Phil Martelli endorsed both his Hawks and coach Archie Miller’s Flyers.

“You saw two high-level teams, and if justice is to be served for those kids and for Archie and that wonderful fan base, they’ll get their name called Sunday,” Martelli said.

St. Joe’s advances to the semifinals Saturday to face St. Bonaventure, which upset No. 18 Saint Louis on a 3 at the buzzer in the day’s first game at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Game 2 was another thriller.

Matt Kavanaugh made a baseline jumper to give fifth-seeded Dayton a 67-66 lead with 40 seconds left.

Galloway, who beat the Flyers in the regular season by banking in a 3 with 1.8 seconds left on Jan. 29, used a jab step - and a little extra - to get free at the top of the key and nailed a 3 over Kyle Davis to put the Hawks up 69-67.

“I just got enough room to shoot it,” Galloway said. “That’s all I need to shoot the ball, and it went in.

“The whole night they were letting us play. Everyone was just trying to be physical and make plays.”

The senior finished with 31 points.

Dayton’s Dyshawn Pierre said he thought the call could have gone either way.

“We thought it was a push off. But at the end of the day that’s a tough shot,” he said.

Miller said he thought Galloway made some space, but didn’t complain about the non-call. He was far more critical of himself for not drawing up a better play on the ensuing possession.

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