St. Joe's guard Langston Galloway downplays shooting woes

Saint Joseph's forward Langston Galloway. (Charles Fox/Staff Photographer)

St. Joseph’s guard Langston Galloway has been struggling with his shooting which is surprising for a player who was the Atlantic-10 leader last year and fourth in the nation in three-point percentage (46.6 percent).

In the last three games he has shot a combined 11 for 34 from the field and 3 for 16 from beyond the arc. In Tuesday’s 75-56 win over visiting Harvard, Galloway shot 3 for 14 from the field.

Coach Phil Martelli said he was “very concerned” about Galloway’s slump.

“He is squeezing the ball and the ball is in his hand too long,” Martelli said.

Galloway entered the game needing 11 points to reach 1,000. He scored just eight.

“He can deny it all he wants but he knows exactly how close he is to 1,000 points and for some reason that has been on his brain three games in a row.”

When asked about this, Galloway indeed denied that he was thinking about his impending scoring milestone.

“I really didn’t know but I know now,” he said about having 997 career points.

Galloway says he is doing nothing differently with his mechanics.

“I feel I am shooting the same way I always shoot,” he said. “They haven’t been falling.”

One thing that is positive is that Galloway hasn’t been forcing shots. He has been getting good looks, especially from beyond the arc.

“I have had real good looks,” Galloway said. “It is just not falling now.”

Galloway says he is feeling better after losing his tooth while diving for a loose ball in Saturday’s 73-66 loss to Florida State.

He said there is a little pain, but he can deal with it. The pain of missing open shots is likely greater and Galloway hopes that this recent shooting slump will be remedied soon.