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Men's Basketball

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Men's Basketball Closes out Homestand vs. Fordham on Saturday
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  02/03/2017

The Saint Joseph's men's basketball team (10-11; 3-6 A-10) will close out its three-game homestand on Saturday night when the Hawks meet Fordham (9-13; 3-6) for the second time this year. Game time at Hagan Arena is 6 p.m.

The contest will be televised by the American Sports Network and its affiliates, with the broadcast being seen in Philadelphia on The Comcast Network. The game will be on in Maryland, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia. To find the game in your area, go to AmericanSportsNet.com.

Streaming of the game will also be available on ASN's website. WATCH

The Saint Joseph's Sports Network broadcast can be heard on WTMR 800 AM. LISTEN

ARENA: Michael J. Hagan ‘85 (4,200)
TELEVISION: ASN, TCN (Jeff McCarragher, Chris Walker)
RADIO: WTMR 800 AM (Matt Martucci, Joe Lunardi)
AUDIO STREAMING: SJUHawks.com
VIDEO STREAMING: AmericanSportsNet.com
SJU STREAK: 1 loss
HAWKS’ NEXT GAME: Feb. 7 at Dayton, 8 p.m., ASN, TCN

GAME NOTES
• Lamarr Kimble had 18 points but the Hawks couldn’t stop Davidson and suffered a 75-60 defeat on Tuesday night. Charlie Brown had 14 as the only other Hawk in double figures.
• Lamarr Kimble ranks 10th in the nation for minutes played (36.8 average). He’s seen all 40 minutes of action five times this year.
• Phil Martelli is coaching his 350th Atlantic 10 game tonight. He has won 201, which is the second most in conference history.
• Tonight’s game is part of Jesuit Basketball Weekend (more on pg. 4)
• This game closes out a three-game homestand for the Hawks. SJU is back on the road at Dayton on Tuesday.
• Fordham enters the game having lost two in a row. The Rams have four double-figure scorers, led by Javontae Hawkins with 13.6 points per game.

LAST TIME VS. FORDHAM: In the first meeting between the teams on Jan. 7, James Demery scored a career-high 27 points to lead Saint Joseph’s to a 70-55 win and give Phil Martelli the 200th A-10 win of his career. Demery shot 10-for-16 from the field while grabbing six rebounds in just his third game back after missing 10 with a stress fracture. Lamarr Kimble added 12 points, six assists and tied his career-high with nine rebounds. Markell Lodge and Brendan Casper each tied their career-highs with 10 points apiece, while Casper added a personal best five assists.

JESUIT VS. JESUIT: Tonight’s game is part of the first-ever Jesuit Basketball Weekend, in which basketball teams from 13 Jesuit colleges and universities will face each other in 10 games across the nation. Saint Joseph’s and Fordham are both Jesuit universities. The Jesuit Basketball Spotlight, which is in its sixth year, highlights games between men’s and women’s teams from the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities across the United States. Each of the 28 is dedicated to strong academics and teaching women and men to serve others and live a faith that does justice. Jesuit, Catholic colleges and universities in the United States have more than 200,000 students currently enrolled and more than 1.7 million living alumni. Other Jesuit schools on Saint Joseph’s schedule this season are Loyola Chicago and Saint Louis.
 
THE GOOD GUY: Phil Martelli received the “Good Guy Award” from the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association on Feb. 3 at the 113th annual PSWA banquet. Martelli, always helpful and accessible to the media in good times and bad, capped off a strong 2015-16 season by storming through the Atlantic 10 Tournament, to win the Hawks' second title in three years and earn an eighth seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Hawks then defeated No. 9 Cincinnati for their first NCAA Tournament win since 2004 before bowing to Oregon in the second round, finishing at a stellar 28-8.  The conference title was the second in the last three years for Martelli, a four-time A-10 Coach of the Year.

DIGGING A HOLE: The Hawks fell behind early to Davidson and couldn’t recover, although they were within 10 points for most of the half. James Demery saw just 18 minutes of action after battling an illness early this week. Davidson shot 53.6 percent from the field in the first half, and SJU couldn’t recover, making just 9-of-30 in the second half.

WORKING OVERTIME: Lamarr Kimble has played a lot of minutes already this year and even more after Shavar Newkirk’s injury. Prior to Newkirk being sidelined, the guards were seeing career-high numbers in minutes played, with Kimble averaging 35.5 and Newkirk at 35.1. Kimble is now playing 36.8 minutes per game, the second most in the Atlantic 10, and 10th highest in the nation. Kimble has played all 40 minutes five times this year.

MINUTE BY MINUTE: Lamarr Kimble’s minutes per game average this season will rank among the top efforts for a Hawk. DeAndre’ Bembry owns the highest average in SJU history and Kimble’s not far behind. Here’s the all-time list for minutes per game in a season: 
    1. DeAndre’ Bembry-‘14-15- 38.6
    2. Ron Righter- ‘74-75- 37.6
    3. Dwayne Lee- ‘05-06- 37.4
    4. DeAndre’ Bembry- ‘15-16- 37.2
    5. Lamarr Kimble- ‘16-17- 36.8

CHARTING CHARLIE: Charlie Brown was named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week for January 23, and for the second time this season. The freshman averaged 15.0 points and 7.5 rebounds in the Hawks’ 1-1 week. Brown set new career-highs with 19 points and nine rebounds in Saint Joseph’s win over Penn, which snapped a three-game losing streak. He shot 7-for-8 from the foul line in the game. Earlier in the week, he had 11 points and grabbed six rebounds in the Hawks’ loss at Massachusetts.    

CHARTING CHARLIE: Charlie Brown was named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week for January 23, and for the second time this season. The freshman averaged 15.0 points and 7.5 rebounds in the Hawks’ 1-1 week. Brown set new career-highs with 19 points and nine rebounds in Saint Joseph’s win over Penn, which snapped a three-game losing streak. He shot 7-for-8 from the foul line in the game. Earlier in the week, he had 11 points and grabbed six rebounds in the Hawks’ loss at Massachusetts.    

KIMBLE IN THE CLUTCH: Lamarr Kimble had the game-winning shot for SJU, hitting a short jumper with 15.8 seconds to go to lift the Hawks over La Salle, 73-72, on Jan. 28. It was the second gamewinner of his career as his three-pointer in overtime helped defeat Temple on Dec. 13, 2015.

CHARLIE IN CHARGE: Charlie Brown had a key stretch in the La Salle win in which he had 10 points in a span of four minutes when the Explorers had taken the lead. The freshman ended that run with two free throws that tied the game with 6:19 to play. Brown, who finished the game with 15 points and made 7-of-8 from the foul line, has scored double figures 16 times this year.

LOOKING AHEAD: Saint Joseph’s returns to the road with a trip to Dayton on Feb. 7 before hosting Massachusetts on Feb. 11.  



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