ORLANDO, FLA. - Saint Joseph's (2-1) will face LSU (3-1) on Thanksgiving night in the 2013 Old Spice Classic at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla. Tip-off is 8:30 p.m. and the game will be televised nationally on ESPN2.
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.
The Hawks will play again on Friday at either 5:30 p.m. or 8 p.m. against Memphis or Siena. The tournament concludes on Sunday.
• This will be the Hawks’ first action since November 16, when the Hawks were edged by Creighton, 83-79, at Hagan Arena.
• Ronald Roberts, Jr. needs 13 points to reach 1,000 points in his career. He will become the 51st Hawk to accomplish the feat.
• DeAndre’ Bembry was named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week for Nov. 18. The freshman averaged 14.0 points in two games, with a high of 20 points against Creighton.
• Langston Galloway is the team’s leading scorer (18.3) while Halil Kanacevic tops the Hawks in rebounding (9.3), assists (7.0) and blocks (1.7). Ronald Roberts tops the squad in field goal percentage (61.3) and DeAndre’ Bembry leads SJU in three-point percentage (53.8).
• Saint Joseph’s has a busy week with two games against city rivals when it returns home from the Old Spice Classic. The Hawks will visit Temple on Dec. 4 and host Villanova on Dec. 7.
• The Hawks’ second game in the Old Spice Classic on Friday, Nov. 29 will be broadcast on either CBS Sports Radio 610 or Talk Radio 1210 WPHT.
CLOSING IN: Ronald Roberts, Jr. needs 13 points to reach 1,000 for his career and become the 51st Hawk to do so. The senior also has 646 rebounds in his career, which ranks 23rd on SJU’s all-time list.
FIRST HONOR: DeAndre’ Bembry was named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week for Nov. 17, earning the award for the first time. He averaged 14.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists as the Hawks went 1-1 on the week, while connecting on 54.5 percent from the field and 55.6 percent from three-point range. Bembry gained notice with his play in the Hawks' 82-79 loss to Creighton when he scored a team-high 20 points, including 14 in the second half. He shot 8-for-14 from the field and connected on 4-of-8 three-point field goals while adding four assists and one blocked shot. Earlier in the week, Bembry had nine points in the Hawks' 81-62 win over Marist in the home opener. He’s averaging 13.4 ppg overall while converting 53.3 percent from the field and 53.8 percent from three-point range.
20-20: Langston Galloway scored 20-plus points in the first two games of his senior season and has tallied double figures in all three. The guard has notched double figures in seven 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 243 career three-pointers, to rank third on the Hawks’ all-time list, and he needs two to move past Darrin Govens (2006-10) into 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.
CAREER 3-POINT FIELD GOALS
Name Seasons G 3FG
1. Pat Carroll 2001-05 98 294
2. Darrin Govens 2006-10 124 244
3. Langston Galloway 2010- 102 243
4. Marvin O’Connor 1999-02 89 231
5. Jameer Nelson 2000-04 125 229
HAIL HALIL: Halil Kanacevic fills the boxscore unlike any other player. He had a double-double against Creighton with 10 rebounds and 10 assists, which was the first of his career with those categories. That came after a 12-point, 11-rebound, 8-assist effort in the win over Marist. 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 twice in his career thus far.
LONG-RANGE THREAT: Chris Wilson was one point shy of his career-high against Creighton when tallied 18 points by converting 6-of-11 from three-point range. It marked the second time in his career that Wilson connected on six three-pointers in a game - the first was when he achieved a career-high 19 points against Notre Dame in 2012-13.
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 8-of-17 for 47.1 percent, while ranking third in the A-10 with 2.7 threes made per game.
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 was 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.
AT THE LINE: Halil Kanacevic and Ronald Roberts, Jr., both worked on their free-throw shooting in the off-season and it’s showing. Kanacevic is 8-for-8 on the season after converting 64.5 percent last year. Roberts, who owned a 59.1 career free throw percentage entering this season, is now hitting 70.6 percent. He made a pair of free throws with 27 seconds remaining in the Creighton game to give the Hawks a 79-78 lead, which they would eventually lose in the final seconds.
HOMETOWN TEAM: Tonight’s game gives senior Langston Galloway the chance to play against the team from his hometown of Baton Rouge. Galloway, who is the nephew of Hawks’ assistant coach Geoff Arnold, was also recruited by LSU.
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.After Bembry’s 20-point performance against Creighton, Martelli said, “I think he is what we thought he would be. That's not a game for an 18-year-old, and he doesn't think or play like an 18-year-old. His shooting has been better than I would have anticipated and it's because he believes the ball is going in the basket. It's not great form but he has great confidence that the ball is going in the basket. I liked his drive in the first half (for a dunk). I thought that was his best play of the game.”
PLEASE PASS THE TURKEY: This marks the first time under Phil Martelli that the Hawks will play a game on Thanksgiving. The last time Saint Joseph’s played in a tournament around the holiday was in the 2008 EA Sports Maui Invitational, which ended on the day before Thanksgiving.