SAINT JOSEPH’S HAWKS (0-1) at ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO FLAMES (1-0)
November 13, 2017 • 7 p.m. (8 p.m. EST)
UIC Arena • Chicago, Ill.

TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia+, NBC Sports Chicago (Jordan Bernfield, David Kaplan) | ESPN3
Radio: 1210 WPHT (Matt Martucci, Joe Lunardi) | Online: SJUHawks.com

GAME NOTES

ABOUT THE HAWKS
• Saint Joseph’s had a three-game streak of season opening wins snapped as the Hawks lost at Toledo, 98-87, on Saturday night
• The game marked the return of Shavar Newkirk, who missed 19 games in 2016-17 with a torn ACL (left knee), while on his way to a career-best season
• Newkirk picked up where he left off last year, scoring 21 points in 17 minutes at Toledo
• Freshman Taylor Funk scored 16 points in his collegiate debut, hitting 4-of-8 three-point attempts
• James Demery also hit for 16 points while Lamarr Kimble added 10

INJURY REPORT
• Charlie Brown, Jr., will be sidelined for at least the first three games after suffering a fracture in his left wrist, which required surgery on Oct. 24
• Brown will be re-evaluated on Nov. 20 in hopes of determining his return date
• Lamarr Kimble is the latest Hawk to be added to the injury list as he re-injured the fifth metatarsal of his left foot that was fractured last season and caused him to miss the final seven games
• He returned to Philadelphia on Sunday with assistant coach Mark Bass and will be evaluated by SJU doctors as soon as possible to determine his prognosis

LAST TIME OUT
• SJU lost its season opener, 98-87, at Toledo on Friday night
• The Hawks trailed the entire game but in each half, cut a double-digit deficit to two or three points, but UT would answer back and regain the 10-plus point lead
• Saint Joseph’s struggled early, missing nine layups in the first half and making just 5-of-14 from three-point range
• The Hawks heated up in the second half, making 7-of-12 threes
• Shavar Newkirk had 10 points and Taylor Funk scored five in an 18-8 SJU run that pulled them within 66-63 with 10 minutes to play
• Toledo shot 56 percent (14-of-25) from three-point range in the game

GOOD AS NEWKIRK
• Shavar Newkirk had an impressive debut less than 10 months after surgery to repair a tear to his ACL, suffered on Dec. 30, 2016
• The senior played 17 minutes and had 21 points, making 6-of-12 from the field
• Phil Martelli gave credit to the athletic trainer (Bill Lukasiewicz) and strength coach (Brian Bingaman) for their work with the senior, and praised Newkirk’s “courage and heart”, saying it is a “learned behavior”

THEIR KIND OF TOWN... CHICAGO
• Tonight is a homecoming for Chicago-area natives Nick Robinson and Lorenzo Edwards
• Robinson graduated from Kenwood Academy while Edwards came from Lake Forest High School
• Robinson played in all 31 games last season, but Edwards was sidelined for most of the year due to shoulder surgery

LOOKING AHEAD
• The Hawks open the home slate on Nov. 18 by hosting Princeton at Hagan Arena
• Then it’s off to California to take part in the Wooden Legacy over the Thanksgiving weekend
• SJU will face Washington State in the first game, and play either Harvard or nationally-ranked Saint Mary’s in the second

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