The Saint Joseph's men's basketball team (21-9) will open play in the Quarterfinals of the 2014 Atlantic 10 Championship on Friday, March 14 against Dayton. Game time will be 2:30 p.m. at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn with the national telecast on NBC Sports Network.
The Hawks are seeded fourth in the tournament and earned a bye in the Quarterfinals. Dayton (23-9) defeated Fordham, 87-74, in Thursday's opening round.
Friday's 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.
Click here for video streaming of the game via NBC’s Live Extra App.
A win by the Hawks will advance them to the Semifinals on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Both semfiinal games will be televised by CBS Sports Network.
• Freshman DeAndre’ Bembry was selected as the Atlantic 10 Co-Rookie of the Year and three senior starters earned All-Conference honors-Langston Galloway (1st Team), Halil Kanacevic (2nd Team) and Ronald Roberts, Jr. (3rd Team) It is the most All-League honorees for SJU since 2002-03. (more on page 4)
• SJU has gone 17-5 since a loss to #14 Villanova on Dec. 7 and has won six of the last eight games. The Hawks won six straight games from Jan. 29 to March 1.
• Saint Joseph’s RPI is 42, the sixth best in the conference.
• The Hawks’ 21 wins are the most since the 2007-08 team won 21 games and reached the NCAA Tournament. Saint Joseph’s 11-5 A-10 record is the best since 2004-05 (14-2). A win today would give the Hawks their most wins since 2004-05 (24).
• Langston Galloway has set the school record for starts in a career with 128. Halil Kanacevic needs 10 assists to reach 400 for his four-year career.
• The Hawks have won all four games this season against their three possible Quarterfinal opponents.
ALL-LEAGUE HAWKS: Saint Joseph’s freshman DeAndre’ Bembry was named the Atlantic 10’s Co-Rookie of the Year, sharing the award with E.C. Matthews of Rhode Island. Senior starters Langston Galloway (First Team), Halil Kanacevic (Second Team) and Ronald Roberts, Jr. (Third Team), were each chosen to the 2014 Atlantic 10 All-Conference Teams, in voting by the league’s coaches. It marks the most Hawks to receive All-Conference honors since 2002-03 when Jameer Nelson, Delonte West and Pat Carroll were each named to the All-League Team. Bembry, who is also an All-Rookie Team selection, becomes the first SJU Player to earn the A-10’s Rookie of the Year honor since Nelson in 2000-01. Galloway, a second-team honoree in 2012, earns first-team recognition for the first time. Kanacevic, who received honorable mention in 2012, is also named to the Second Team for the first time in his career. Roberts earns Third-Team honors for the second year in a row.
ON A ROLL: Saint Joseph’s has gone 17-5 since a loss to #14 Villanova in December, but that roll has been tempered by two losses in the final week of the regular season. Prior to the loss at GW, Saint Joseph’s owned a six-game winning streak, which was the longest since a seven-game streak in 2008-09. The Hawks went 6-2 in January and had a 6-1 mark in February, and are now 1-2 in March.
20-20: The Hawks have matched the win total from the 2007-08 season when SJU reached the NCAA Tournament. Phil Martelli has guided the Hawks to 20-plus wins eight times in his career, and in two of the past three seasons (20 wins in 2011-12).
A WIN TODAY.. :
• would give SJU its most victories (22) since 2004-05 (24)
• its first berth in an A-10 Semifinal since 2011
GOOD BYE: The Hawks finished in a tie for third place in the league but earned the fourth seed and the bye due to the tiebreaker with GW. It is the Hawks’ first bye in the conference tournament since 2004-05 and is the highest league finish for the Hawks since 2004-05 when they placed first in the East Division.
TOURNAMENT FIXTURE: The Hawks have qualified for 32 consecutive Atlantic 10 Tournaments, playing in every one since joining the league in 1981-82.
FOR OPENERS: SJU owns an all-time record of 14-14 in the A-10 Quarterfinals and is seeking its first berth in the semifinals since 2011. Last year, the Hawks were the 10th seed and edged 7th-seeded Xavier in the Opening Round, 58-57, and fell short to 2nd-seeded VCU, 82-79, in the Quarterfinals.
TOURNEY TALES: Saint Joseph’s has posted a 34-29 all-time record in the Atlantic 10 Tournament. The Hawks have reached the championship game five times (1986, 1997, 2005, 2006, 2008).
THE VETERAN: Phil Martelli is the dean of Atlantic 10 coaches as the longest tenured active coach in the league. He’s also been through 39 A-10 Tournament games and owns a 22-17 record in championship play.
SENIOR SENDOFF: The Hawks’ senior sendoff didn’t go as well as hoped, with SJU falling to La Salle, 71-63. But the starting trio of Langston Galloway, Halil Kanacevic and Ronald Roberts comprise one of the most productive groups in school history. Their combined numbers at SJU are: 4,054 points, 2129 rebounds, 734 assists and 323 blocks.
TOP ROOKIE: DeAndre’ Bembry established himself as one of the top rookies in the Atlantic 10, confirmed by his Co-Rookie of the Year award. The freshman, who was in the starting lineup from the first game, set a new career-high with 22 points at George Washington, while tying his personal best with eight assists. He ranks third on the team in scoring with 12.2 points per game and also ranks third in rebounds (4.5), assists (2.6) and field goal percentage (46.7), while topping the team in steals (1.0). The 6-6 wing player has tallied double figures in 21 games, including the last eight in a row.
TOP THREE: Langston Galloway now ranks third on the Hawks’ all-time scoring list with 1,898 career points, an average of 14.7 per game. He is 87 points away from second place and Bernard Blunt’s total of 1,985.
MR. DEPENDABLE: Langston Galloway has set the SJU record for career starts with 128 in 129 games. That breaks the mark of 125 career starts previously held by Jameer Nelson (2000-04)
THE COMPLETE GAME: The Hawks put together one of their most complete games in the 79-53 win over Dayton, snapping the Flyers’ six-game winning streak. SJU jumped out to an 8-0 lead and was up by double digits with less than seven minutes gone by. The Hawks held a 30-point lead with over six minutes to play.