The Saint Joseph's men's basketball team will open the 2013-14 season on Saturday, November 9 at Vermont. Game time at Patrick Gym in Burlington, Vt., is 7 p.m.
The game will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Radio 610 AM (WIP) in Philadelphia with Matt Martucci and Joe Lunardi calling the action. Audio streaming is also available on SJUHawks.com.
Live video streaming will be available free of charge on Vermont's website, CatamounTV.com.
• The Hawks return three of their top five scorers from last year (Langston Galloway, Ronald Roberts, Jr., Halil Kanacevic), as well as their two leading rebounders (Roberts, Kanacevic).
• The Hawks are 7-1 in their season openers over the past eight years. This is their first season opener on the road since 2010-11.
• Phil Martelli enters his 19th season as SJU’s head coach and owns a 338-237 career record, which is the school mark for victories.
• The Hawks return home for a pair of games, with the season opener at Hagan Arena on Wednesday, November 13 against Marist. SJU will take on fellow Jesuit school Creighton on Saturday, November 16. The Hawks then get a long break, not returning to action until Thanksgiving with their participation in the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Fla.
• This year marks the fifth season of Michael J. Hagan ‘85 Arena after the extensive renovation of Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse.
• The 2013-14 season is the 10th anniversary of Saint Joseph’s 2003-04 squad which went undefeated through the regular season (27-0) and reached the NCAA Elite Eight.
FOR OPENERS: Saint Joseph’s is 7-1 in season openers in the past eight years, with the only loss coming in 2010-11 against Western Kentucky.
VETERAN GROUP: Hawks return four players who held starting roles last season - Langston Galloway, Ronald Roberts, Jr., Chris Wilson and Halil Kanacevic - along with another senior - Daryus Quarles - who has started 67 games in his career. Galloway and Roberts are the only two players to have started all 32 games for the team. Galloway is the team’s leading returning scorer after notching 13.8 ppg last season while Roberts topped the team in rebounding with 8.3 per game. Wilson made 23 starts and led the team in assists with 112 and 3.5 per game while averaging 6.5 points. Kanacevic, who played in 26 games with 14 starts, averaged 8.5 points and 7.2 rebounds and also handed out 3.5 assists. Quarles was a starter his first two seasons aw action in 29 games last year, mostly in a reserve role.
A LOOK BACK: Last year’s squad went 18-14 and earned an NIT bid, which was the second consecutive and the 11th postseason berth under Phil Martelli in his 18 years. From that team, the Hawks are without Carl Jones, who ended his career as the third leading scorer in school history with 1,845 points, and C.J. Aiken, who left SJU after his junior year to pursue a professional basketball career. He finished his career as the second all-time leading shot blocker in SJU history with 319.
VIVA ITALIA: Saint Joseph’s got a jump on the season when it traveled to Italy in August for a 10-day, four-game tour. The Hawks visited Rome, Florence, Venice and Lake Como and posted a 4-0 record on the trip. It marked the second time that Phil Martelli took SJU to Italy, with the last trip coming in 1999.
DEAN OF COACHES: This is Phil Martelli’s 19th season at the helm of the Hawks, and he is SJU’s all-time leader in career victories with a 338-237 record. He is the longest tenured coach in the Atlantic 10 (18 years) and is now second on the conference’s list for all-time career victories (338), behind John Chaney of Temple (516). Martelli is currently serving as the president of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).
GOING TO DISNEY WORLD: The Hawks will participate in the 2013 Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Fla. (Nov. 28, 29 & Dec. 1). Saint Joseph’s will open play in the tournament against LSU on Thanksgiving night at 8:30 p.m. The Hawks will meet either Memphis or Siena in the second game on Nov. 29, with the tournament wrapping up on December 1. Butler, Oklahoma State, Purdue, and Washington State round out the field.
IN MEMORY: Halil Kanacevic has changed his uniform number this year to 45 (from 21) in memory of his uncle, Rizo Popovic, who passed away during the 2012-13 season at the age of 45. Kanacevic explained, “It’s one of the most selfish things you think of, as a player, when you’re growing up. You get a certain number, you get infatuated with it...I’ve seen kids get into fights over a jersey number. My thing was, let me be unselfish about that and actually give meaning to it. I know what that number means, I know what it represents, I chose it for personal reasons, not a selfish reason. I felt like I needed to do it.”
MEMBERS ONLY: The Hawks could have a trio of 1,000-point scorers on the team in Langston Galloway, Ronald Roberts, Jr. and Halil Kanacevic. Galloway already reached the plateau as a junior and currently has 1,389 points. Roberts enters the season needing 63 points to reach 1,000 in his career while Kanacevic has 785 career points, counting his one season at Hofstra. The last time SJU had three 1,000-point scorers on the same squad was in 2007-08, with Pat Calathes, Rob Ferguson and Ahmad Nivins.
FROM THE START: Freshman DeAndre´ Bembry, a 6-6 wing, will make his collegiate debut in the starting lineup. Originally from Charlotte, N.C., Bembry averaged 21 points as a senior at The Patrick School (N.J.) and earned All-State honors. He becomes the first freshman in the starting lineup on opening day since 2010-11 when the trio of Langston Galloway, Daryus Quarles and C.J. Aiken each started their first collegiate game.
CALLING ON CHRIS: Chris Wilson opened last season as the starting point guard and will do that again this year. The junior topped SJU in assists with 112, while tying for the lead with his 3.5 average. Wilson started 23 contests and scored double figures nine times.
COMEBACK KID: Redshirt freshman Kyle Molock will make his debut this year after recovering from surgery to repair the ACL of his right knee suffered in August 2012. It was the third knee injury for Molock, as he previously had two knee injuries which shortened his high school career. He was averaging 19.0 points through eight games as a senior at Dublin Coffman when he tore the ACL of his right knee in January 2012; in July of 2010, he suffered a severe injury to all of the major ligaments in his left knee, causing him to miss his junior year.