Shavar Newkirk scored 26 points and had 10 assists to lead Saint Joseph's to an 82-75 win over Duquesne (12-14; 7-7 A-10) in Atlantic 10 action at Hagan Arena. It is the Hawks' third straight win to mark their longest winning streak of the season.
Think back to January 3. The weather in Philadelphia was frigid, and that night brought a snowstorm that closed down most of the area the following day. Saint Joseph's fans will also remember the Hawks' dramatic 87-81 overtime win against Atlantic 10 rival VCU, where the score was tied six times and the lead changed seven times. Something else happened that night, though, something worth celebrating amid the nail biting: senior James Demery scored his 1,000th career point. "Actually, I didn't know [how close I was] until that morning because my mom keeps track," Demery said with a smile. "She called me that morning and was like, 'Jay, you're like five points away.' I said, 'Okay,' and she said, 'Get your points.'" He did, on a layup less than a minute into the second half. Some people told Demery he'd never play collegiate basketball. Some people told him he wouldn't score 1,000 points. But here he is. His secret to success? Demery plays and lives with a fire that pushes him to exceed expectations. Demery started playing basketball with his cousins when he was seven years old, and his dedication to the sport took him to Charlotte, about 250 miles from where his mother lived in Greenville, North Carolina. When Demery arrived on Hawk Hill, he was a step ahead of most college freshmen in a key area: living with his extended family meant Demery was used to being far away from his mom, so the increased distance didn't bother him. Demery started all but two games his freshman year, averaging 6.7 points and 3.5 rebounds. "It was a great experience," Demery said. "It allowed me to see where I was mentally, physically in the game. It really humbled me to be like, 'This is what I need to work on to become an even greater player.'" With Aaron Brown earning a spot in the starting rotation for the 2015-16 Hawks, Demery shifted to the bench to serve as the team's sixth m
The Saint Joseph's men's basketball team (11-14; 6-7 A-10) will host Duquesne (15-11; 6-7) in a key Atlantic 10 matchup on Saturday, February 17 at 6 p.m. in Hagan Arena.
Phil Martelli's "HawkTalk" Radio Show returns on Thursday, February 15 from 7 to 8 p.m. with the live broadcast from JD McGillicuddy's in Havertown, Pa. Live streaming audio is available free of charge on SJUHawks.com and the show will also be podcast on Talk Radio 1210's website within 24 hours.
James Demery scored a game-high 20 points and Shavar Newkirk scored 19 as Saint Joseph's (11-14; 6-7 A-10) defeated Fordham, 71-55, to pick up its first Atlantic 10 road win of the year at Rose Hill Gym.
The Saint Joseph's men's basketball team (10-14; 5-7 A-10) will take on Fordham (9-15; 4-8) on Wednesday, February 14 at Rose Hill Gym. Game time is 7 p.m. and the contest can be viewed free of charge on the A-10 Network, or heard on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT.
James L. Edwards III at TheAthletic.com wrote about the relationship between Saint Joseph's greats Jameer Nelson and Langston Galloway, who are now members of the Detroit Pistons.
Taylor Funk scored a game-high 22 points to lead four Hawks in double figures as Saint Joseph's defeated Massachusetts, 85-73, in Atlantic 10 action at Hagan Arena. The win snaps a five-game losing streak for Saint Joseph's (10-14; 5-7 A-10).
A 2013 McDonald's All-American Team nominee, fifth-year senior Jai Williams redshirted his freshman year in order to recover from a surgery performed during his final year of high school at Philadelphia Electrical & Technical Charter.
Saint Joseph's (9-14; 4-7 A-10) returns home to take on Massachusetts (11-13; 4-7) on Saturday afternoon at Hagan Arena. Free streaming of the game will be available on the A-10 Network.
Saint Joseph's faced a hot-shooting Davidson team and fell to the Wildcats, 91-62, at Belk Arena, as the home team connected on 20-of-39 from three-point range.
The Saint Joseph's men's basketball team (9-13; 4-6 A-10) will travel to Davidson (12-9; 7-3) for a rare Tuesday night game. The game will be televised on the Stadium Network and its affiliates at 7 p.m.