Saint Joseph's (2-0) will host Jesuit rival Creighton (2-0) on Saturday, November 16 at Hagan Arena. Tip-off is at 7 p.m. and the game will be televised on SportsNet New York and The Comcast Network in Philadelphia. Video streaming will be available free of charge on CampusInsiders.com. WATCH
The game will be broadcast on CBS Sports Radio 610 AM (WIP) with Matt Martucci and Joe Lunardi calling the action, with free audio streaming available on SJUHawks.com. LISTEN
The game will also feature a special recognition of the 1962-63 Saint Joseph's team, which went 23-5 and reached the NCAA Regional Final. The members of that team, including coach Dr. Jack Ramsay, will be in attendance and honored at halftime.
• Saint Joseph’s won its home opener on Wednesday, defeating Marist, 81-62. Langston Galloway had 20 points and eight rebounds while classmates Ronald Roberts, Jr. (16 pts, 10 rebs) and Halil Kanacevic (12 pts, 11 rebs, 8 asts) each notched double-doubles.
• Ronald Roberts, Jr. needs 26 points to reach 1,000 points in his career. He would become the 51st Hawk to accomplish the feat.
• Langston Galloway has recorded back-to-back 20-point games in the first two of the season.
• This marks the fifth year of Michael J. Hagan ‘85 Arena after the extensive renovation of Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse. Since then, the Hawks have gone 34-20 in the building.
• Tonight’s game will air on SportsNet NY and The Comcast Network in Philadelphia. Free video streaming of the game will be offered on CampusInsiders.com.
• The Hawks get an extended break in action, with the next game set for Thanksgiving night against LSU in the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Fla. SJU will play three games there - on Nov. 28, Nov. 29 and Dec. 1.
AST TIME OUT: Langston Galloway scored 20 points and Halil Kanacevic and Ronald Roberts, Jr., each posted a double-double as Saint Joseph's defeated Marist, 81-62, in the Hawks' home opener. Kanacevic just missed a triple-double with 12 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists, while Roberts had 16 points and 10 rebounds. Galloway shot 6-for-8 from the field, and 3-for-5 from three-point range, while also grabbing eight rebounds. SJU scored the first 12 points of the game in the first four minutes and never trailed in the contest. With SJU leading 12-0, Marist went on a 10-3 run to close to 15-10, but the Hawks would increase it to 20-10 by the midway point of the half. The Hawks closed the half with an 18-8 run to take a 40-25 lead at halftime. Both teams were cold from three-point range in the first half, with the Hawks going 1-for-6 and Marist going 0-for-11. That changed in the second as Saint Joseph's shot 60 percent (6-for-10) while Marist connected on 6-for-11 long-range shots. A three-pointer by Chris Wilson at 8:41 gave Saint Joseph's its biggest margin of the game, 71-47, and the Hawks maintained close to a 20-point lead for the rest of the way.
LAST MEETING: Last year’s meeting with Creighton was one to forget for the Hawks, as the 11th-ranked Bluejays posted an 81-50 rout. Doug McDermott scored 18 points in the first half, and 23 for the game, as the Bluejays ran out to a 21-5 lead in the first nine minutes. The Creighton lead swelled to 34-10 and to 47-20 at halftime. SJU shot just 29.6 percent from the field in the first half, converting 4-of-15 three-point attempts. The Hawks upped their shooting percentage to 46.2 percent in the second, but the early hole would prove insurmountable. Langston Galloway was the only Hawk in double figures with 10 points.
FRIENDLY RIVALS: Saint Joseph’s and Creighton, both Jesuit institutions, have developed a strong rivalry, restarting the series in 2007-08 after a 26-year absence. Tonight’s meeting will be the fourth consecutive, with each team winning on its home court in the past three. SJU and Creighton have even more of a connection since former Saint Joseph’s president Timothy R. Lannon took that same office at Creighton in 2011-12 after serving as SJU from 2003 to 2011.
PHIL’S TAKE: Phil Martelli has high praise for Creighton’s Doug McDermott, saying, “The country is gaga over those freshmen but McDermott's the best player in the country. Tell me who does more for their team. They can give the awards at the end of the year to the freshmen because of the media blitz, but that kid is a magnificent, magnificent player. And they have an unbelievable way of getting him shots. They're difficult to guard because they spread you out, they run a lot of stuff. He's an All-American and they're a post-season team. They've been where we want to go.”
HOT AND COLD: Saint Joseph’s got its season off to a good start shooting a blistering 65.4 percent from the field in the first half at Vermont. The Hawks cooled off considerably in second half, converting just 26.9 percent (7-of-26) as Vermont came close to erasing a 17-point deficit. But SJU held on, helped by a 17-for-24 effort from the foul line in the second half. Against Marist, SJU shot just 1-for-6 from 3-point range in the first half, but converted 6-of-10 in the second half.
CLOSING IN: Ronald Roberts, Jr. needs 26 points to reach 1,000 for his career and become the 51st Hawk to do so. The senior also has 642 rebounds in his career, which ranks 23rd on SJU’s all-time list.
20-20: Langston Galloway has scored 20-plus points in the first two games of his senior season. The guard has notched double figures in six straight games dating back to last year and has reached 20 or more points 24 times in his career.
LONG-DISTANCE SERVICE: Langston Galloway has 241 career three-pointers, to rank third on the Hawks’ all-time list, and he needs four to surpass Darrin Govens (2006-10) for second place (44). SJU’s career leader is Pat Carroll (2001-05), who connected on 294. Galloway’s in fine company, having surpassed Hawk greats Jameer Nelson and Marvin O’Connor.
HAIL HALIL: Halil Kanacevic put up solid all-around numbers against Marist, and came close to a triple-double with 12 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists. Phil Martelli said of the senior, “He may not be our best player but he's our most indispensable player. I tried to get some different guys in tonight, but then you realize you just have to put him back in.” The 6-8 forward tied for the team lead in assists last season and has reached double figures in assists once in his career thus far, with 12 during his sophomore year.
THREE’S COMPANY: Langston Galloway is looking to regain his long-range shooting touch from his sophomore year, when he led the A-10 in three-point percentage and ranked fourth in the nation with 46.6 percent. The senior has gotten off to a good start hitting 3-of-4 threes in the first half at Vermont and connecting on 3-of-5 in the Marist win.
FROM THE START: Freshman DeAndre´ Bembry made his collegiate debut in the starting lineup and scored 11 points at Vermont, including the first six points of the Hawks’ season. 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.
OFF THE BENCH: Sophomore Isaiah Miles gave the Hawks solid play off the bench at Vermont, seeing a career-best 19 minutes of action and posting six points and a team-high two blocks. Redshirt freshman Javon Baumann grabbed six rebounds in nine minutes vs. Marist.
ABOUT BEMBRY: Phil Martelli likes what he has seen so far from freshman DeAndre’ Bembry: “DeAndre’ is a player beyond his age. He’s got a really nice way about him and really takes in what you give him. He’s a quick study in terms of the scouting report. And that’s now two matchups in a row where he’s guarded the other team’s top scorer. I’m glad he’s on our team.”
THANKSGIVING WITH THE HAWKS: SJU will have an unusual Thanksgiving this year, playing on the holiday for the first time. The Hawks are paired against LSU for Thanksgiving night at 8:30 p.m. in the Old Spice Classic held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando. The Hawks will then face either Memphis or Siena on Nov. 29 and conclude the tournament on Dec. 1 with the rest of the field consisting of Butler, Oklahoma State, Purdue and Washington State. The last time Saint Joseph’s played in a tournament around Thanksgiving was in 2008 when it participated in the EA Sports Maui Invitational, which ended on the day before the holiday.
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