PHILADELPHIA- Saint Joseph's men's basketball (4-3; 0-1 Big 5) will host #14/19 Villanova (8-0; 1-0) in the annual Big 5 rivalry game on Saturday, December 7 at Hagan Arena. Game time is 6 p.m. with the national telecast on CBS College Sports. The game is sold out.
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.
• Tonight is the second of three consecutive games for SJU against Philadelphia teams.
• SJU lost its first Big 5 game of the year with the 77-69 decision at Temple on Wednesday night, which ended the Hawks’ two-game winning streak. Langston Galloway led all scorers with 24 points while Ronald Roberts, Jr. (13), DeAndre’ Bembry (12) and Halil Kanacevic (11) all tallied double figures.
• Ronald Roberts, Jr. was named the Atlantic 10 Co-Player of the Week and selected to the Old Spice Classic All-Tournament Team after he averaged 20 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in SJU’s three games in Orlando.
• Langston Galloway is the team’s leading scorer (18.1) while Halil Kanacevic tops the Hawks in rebounding (7.5), assists (4.1) and blocks (1.3). Ronald Roberts tops the squad in field goal percentage (61.0) and Galloway leads SJU in three-point percentage (46.0).
• After this game, Saint Joseph’s will get a break for final exams. The Hawks return to action hosting Drexel on Dec. 18 and then visit Loyola-Md. on Dec. 21.
LAST TIME OUT: Langston Galloway led four Hawks in double digits with a game-high 24 points, but Saint Joseph's fell to Temple, 77-69, in SJU's Big 5 opener at the Liacouras Center. Ronald Roberts, Jr. (13), DeAndre' Bembry (12), and Halil Kanacevic (11) also reached double figures for the Crimson and Gray. As is typical of Big 5 battles, the game featured 14 ties and 17 lead changes. The final tie of the game came with 4:27 to play, when Galloway connected on his sixth three-pointer of the game to knot the score, 65-65. But the Hawks would go on to miss three straight three-point attempts and a layup by Anthony Lee at 2:09 gave the Owls the lead for good, 67-65. Next time down the court, Kanacevic missed on a three and Quenton Decosey made one of two free throws to increase the TU lead to 68-65. Roberts scored the Hawks' last basket of the game at :40, and then Temple took numerous trips to the foul line, making 7-of-8 to ice the victory.
REFLECTIONS ON THE LOSS: Phil Martelli had this to say after the loss to Temple: “The team that we have has really great character. There are really good people in the room. I told them they had to separate what I was going to tell them about basketball from who they are as individual people. They really are strong character guys. But on the basketball court tonight we made some plays that were young for a team of our age - missed dunks, missed layups, dropped balls, a missed assignment to block out a shooter at the end. And that's on me. A more manly approach needed to be pulled out of them. Some of the numbers are good - free throw shooting (81.3%), offensive rebounds (17), but the number that we leave here with is the turnovers (15). And some of them make you scratch your head.”
KEY TO THE CITY: The Hawks are 0-1 in the Big 5 heading into this City Series game after Wednesday’s loss at Temple. Saint Joseph’s will play at Penn on Jan. 18 and face La Salle twice this season, with SJU’s home game on March 9 counting in the Big 5 standings. Saint Joseph’s has won 20 Big 5 titles (9 outright/11 shared), which is third all-time to Temple’s 27 titles (6/21 shared).
HAWKS VS. THE POLLS: This will be Saint Joseph’s first game of the season against a ranked opponent. Last year the Hawks went 1-4 against Top 25 teams, with a win over #20 Notre Dame and losses to #11 Creighton, #14 Butler, #22 VCU and #18 Saint Louis. If the Hawks win tonight, it would be the highest ranked team beaten by SJU since a 61-53 win over #12 Xavier in the 2008 Atlantic 10 Championships (3/14/08). The last two wins vs. ranked teams in Hagan Arena were over #19 Creighton on Dec. 10, 2011 and against #8 Xavier on March 6, 2008.
DO IT AGAIN: Tonight’s game will mark just the second time that the Hawks and Wildcats have played on SJU’s campus. The rivalry game was brought to Hagan Arena two years ago and Saint Joseph’s scored a 74-58 win on Dec. 17, 2011 before a standing-room only crowd.
MOVING ON UP: Langston Galloway went over the 1,500-point mark at Temple and now has 1,516 points to rank 17th all-time.
THE BIG THREE: Senior tri-captains Langston Galloway, Halil Kanacevic and Ronald Roberts, Jr., are the core of the Hawks’ team and they currently account for 60 percent of SJU’s scoring and 54 percent of the rebounding. There has only been one game thus far - Creighton - in which the Hawks’ leading scorer was not one of those three.
ROCK OF AGES: This year’s squad is one of SJU’s most experienced teams in recent years. The average age of the starting five is 21.2 years old and the top six are the same when you add in Daryus Quarles. Three Hawks - Langston Galloway, Ronald Roberts and Halil Kanacevic - have each played over 100 games in their college careers.
FIXING THE PROBLEM: One bright spot in the Temple loss was the Hawks’ free-throw shooting, as they converted 81.3 percent in the game. In the three games prior at the Old Spice Classic, SJU went 43-for-75 (57.3 percent) with a low of 46.3 percent (12-for-26) against LSU. Entering the tournament, Saint Joseph’s had connected on 70.1 percent from the line - the season percentage is now 65.2 percent.
QUICKER START: The Hawks had gotten off to poor starts in the second half of the first six games. SJU seemed to correct that issue at Temple going on a 7-2 spurt in the first minute, and then expanding that to a 17-9 run over seven minutes. DeAndre’ Bembry played a big role in the run, scoring eight of his 12 points in that stretch.
JOIN THE CLUB: Ronald Roberts, Jr. became the 51st Hawk to score 1,000 points in his career on a tip-in with 6:23 remaining in the first half vs. LSU. He now has 1,061 points to rank 40th the Hawks’ all-time list. The senior also has 675 rebounds in his career, which ranks 23rd on SJU’s all-time list behind Bill Phillips’ total of 686.
LONG-DISTANCE SERVICE: With six three-pointers against Siena, Langston Galloway now ranks second on the Hawks’ all-time list with 258. SJU’s career leader is Pat Carroll (2001-05), who connected on 294.