The Saint Joseph's men's basketball team opens the 2019-20 season this Tuesday as the Hawks host Bradley at 7 p.m. at Hagan Arena. Tuesday's contests will be broadcast locally on NBC Philadelphia Sports + and streamed nationally on ESPN+, with audio broadcast available on TuneIn.
Series vs. Bradley: Bradley leads 4-1
First Meeting: 1/14/50, Bradley, 64-60
Last Meeting: 12/27/86, SJU, 86-77
Coach Lange vs. Bradley: First Meeting
NEW YEAR, NEW ROSTER
Saint Joseph's roster for 2019-20 is a balance of six returning letterwinners and six newcomers. Among the newcomers are rookies Cameron Brown, Chereef Knox and Rahmir Moore, and transfers Dennis Ashley (Maine), Myles Douglas (UCF) and Greg Foster, Jr. (Gonzaga).
DALY SUITS UP
After sitting out the 2018-19 season per NCAA transfer rules, redshirt junior Ryan Daly will don the Crimson and Gray this year. A two-year starter at Delaware from 2016-18, Daly led the Blue Hens in scoring both seasons and amassed 1,000 career points for a 16.7 points-per-game average
MYLES TO HAWK HILL
Coming to Hawk Hill from UCF, Myles Douglas received eligibility by the NCAA for the 2019-20 season. Sitting out last year with the Knights, Douglas appeared in 31 games and averaged 2.0 points and 1.1 rebounds in 8.9 minutes per game as a freshman. A standout at Aberdeen High School, Douglas led Class 3A in scoring and earned All-Class 3A honors as a senior.
Adding to the Hawks' roster in the offseason is graduate transfer Dennis Ashley. A four-year letterwinner at Maine, Ashley competed in 84 games for the black Bears and averaged 3.7 points per game after redshirting his rookie season.
Junior Taylor Funk is the returning leader in scoring (8.4 ppg), rebounding (5.5 rpg), assists (44), steals (20) and minutes played (27.9 mpg).
The Hawks picked up a 100-61 victory over Arcadia in an exhibition contest on October 28. Taylor Funk led five Hawks in double figures with 19 points, while Ryan Daly finished with 17 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds.
EDWARDS COMING OFF CAREER YEAR
The 2018-19 season was a career year for Lorenzo Edwards. Appearing in a career-best 29 games, including 13 starts, the 6-8 forward finished tied for the team lead in blocked shots (25) and set new career highs for scoring (5.4 ppg) and rebounding (3.5 rpg).
In their exhibition game against Arcadia, the Hawks finished with 31 three-point attempts. Last season, Saint Joseph's attempted 31 three pointers only three times.
DALY AND HAWK HILL
For redshirt junior Ryan Daly, Saint Joseph's has been in his DNA. His father, Brian, played for the Hawks from 1989-92, while Ryan is also the cousin of Saint Joseph's Director of Scouting and Analytics Thomas Boyle.
MOORE SJU TIES
Another Hawk familiar with Saint Joseph's is rookie Rahmir Moore. The freshman guard is the brother of former women's basketball standout Ayahna Cornish '07.
FAMILY AFFAIR AT SJU FOR LANGE
Not to be outdone by his players, Saint Joseph's Head Coach Billy Lange's family tree is checkered with Hawk Hill ties. His parents, Bill and Kathy, are both SJU alumni, while his brother, Mark, was a four-year manager for the Hawks. Additionally, Lange’s wife Alicia worked in the athletic department as the coordinator of academic services for student athletes from 1999-2004.
FREEMAN A MEMBER OF INSTITUTE OF CLINICAL BIOETHICS
Outside Hagan Arena, senior Toliver Freeman is a standout in the classroom and a member of SJU’s Institute of Clinical Bioethics. The organization promotes interdisciplinary research, educational programs, academic courses, clinical consultation and policy development services in the field of bioethics. A biology major, Freeman has future plans to pursue a career as a physician.
SMITH'S WAY BACK TO HAWK HILL
Joining the Hawks as a walk-on a season ago, senior Greg Smith's route to Hagan Arena came full circle his junior year. As a freshman, Smith tried out as a walk-on, but didn't make the squad and eventually transferred to Rutgers his sophomore year to be closer to family. Returning to SJU as a junior, Smith tried out again and earned a spot.
SJU AND THE VALLEY
Bradley is one of three potential Missouri Valley opponents the Hawks will face this year. Saint Joseph's will also face Loyola Chicago (November 16) and potentially face Missouri State in the Charleston Classic on November 22.
MORE MOORE CONNECTIONS
Along with being the brother of former SJU women's basketball standout Ayahna Cornish, Rahmir Moore is also the brother of former Temple standout Ramone Moore. Additionally, Rahmir is the brother-in-law to Toronto Raptor All-Star Kyle Lowry.
The Hawks begin a six-game road swing starting Sunday, November 10 at Old Dominion at 2 p.m.