The Saint Joseph's men's basketball team (10-13; 3-8 A-10) will host Massachusetts (12-12; 2-9) on Saturday in the second meeting of the teams. Game time at Hagan Arena is 2:30 p.m. with the national television broadcast on NBCSN.
ARENA: Michael J. Hagan ‘85 Arena (4,200)
TELEVISION: NBC Sports Network (Mike Corey, David Kaplan)
RADIO: WTMR 800 AM (Matt Martucci, Joe Lunardi)
AUDIO STREAMING: SJUHawks.com - LISTEN
VIDEO STREAMING: NBCSports.com - WATCH
HAWKS’ NEXT GAME: Feb. 14 at VCU, 6 p.m., CBSSN
• Saint Joseph’s went to Dayton without two starters and trailed by just three points with under four to play before falling 77-70. Lamarr Kimble had his first career double-double with 25 points and 10 assists. Charlie Brown added 17 points.
• Lamarr Kimble ranks third in the nation for minutes played (37.5). He’s played seven full games and averages a league-high 39.4 minutes in A-10 games.
• The Hawks are looking to avoid a four-game losing streak, which would match the longest of the season from November.
• Chris Clover and James Demery are expected to be ready to play after missing the Dayton game with illnesses.
• Tonight marks the 700th game coached by Phil Martelli in his 22 years at SJU.
• SJU heads to VCU on Tuesday, meeting the Rams for the first time since the teams faced off in the 2016 A-10 Championship game as SJU won its second title in three years.
• UMass enters this game having lost the last five straight. Donte Clark leads the Minutemen in scoring with 14.0 points per game.
LAST TIME OUT: Lamarr Kimble had 25 points and 10 assists for the first double-double of his career but the shorthanded Hawks fell to Dayton 77-70, at UD Arena. Charlie Brown scored 17 points for SJU, which had only 10 healthy players dressed for the game as James Demery and Chris Clover were unable to make the trip due to illness. Brendan Casper and Nick Robinson started in their places for the Hawks, who already have three players out for the season with injuries. The teams were tied at the half, 32-32, but Dayton opened the second half with three three-pointers and although Brown converted a 3-point play, the Hawks trailed 44-39. A three from Brown brought the Hawks within 46-42, but another Flyer three-pointer pushed the Dayton edge to 49-42. Dayton took its biggest lead of the game, 60-46, but the Hawks went on a 7-0 run, ending with a three from Kimble to pull within 60-53. After Markell Lodge jammed in a pair of putbacks, the Hawks cut the deficit to 66-60 with 3:59 to play. Kimble pulled SJU within 66-63 on another three but Scoochie Smith answered for Dayton with a layup and a three-pointer to build Dayton’s lead back to 71-63. After the teams traded free throws, the Flyers appeared to put the game away at 1:41 on a layup by Smith, increasing it to 75-67, but Brown hit his fourth three of the game to get SJU within 75-70. The Flyers iced the game with a pair of free throws at :19. Dayton led early on but the Hawks took their first lead of the game, 12-11, and then led by 14-11. With the Hawks holding an 18-16 edge, Dayton scored seven straight points to go up, 23-18. Trailing 29-25, Saint Joseph’s got four straight from Kimble to tie the score, 29-29, with :37 seconds to go in the half. A three-pointer put UD ahead at :07 but Kimble quickly tied it, 32-32, with a three of his own at the buzzer.
KIMBLE IN THE CLUTCH: Lamarr Kimble has repeatedly shown that he’s the Hawks’ go-to guy in the clutch and in fact, showed that a few times in the Fordham game. He made a three-pointer with :07 left in regulation to put the Hawks ahead, but Fordham tied it with a last-second layup. Kimble sent the game into the second overtime with a pair of free throws at :05 of the first overtime. With :07 left in the second overtime, he made two free throws to tie the game again, but Fordham’s Antwoine Anderson hit the game-winning three at the buzzer. Kimble does have one game-winning shot this season, as he hit 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.
DEPLETED SQUAD: The Hawks entered the game at with only 10 healthy players as James Demery and Chris Clover were ill and couldn’t make the trip. Brendan Casper and Nick Robinson were inserted into the starting lineup and each played career-highs in minutes. A total of eight players got into the game for SJU, but only six saw significant minutes. Saint Joseph’s gave Dayton a run, being tied at halftime and within three points in the final four minutes. Lamarr Kimble and Charlie Brown each played 40 minutes, which was a career-high for the freshman.
TERRIBLE TUESDAYS: The Hawks have an unusual amount of games on Tuesdays this year and they are winless so far in five tries.
EXTRA TIME: The Fordham game marked the first double-overtime contest for SJU since Feb. 29, 2012, a loss at St. Bonaventure. With a thin bench, the Hawks have logged many minutes this year and they certainly did against Fordham. Lamarr Kimble played all 50 and Charlie Brown (46), James Demery (44) and Markell Lodge (36) each established new career-highs for minutes played.
LID ON THE BASKET: Free-throw shooting is a glaring weakness as the team is hitting just 64.2 percent from the line and has shot 60 percent or below eight times this year, including four of the last five. In conference games, the Hawks are converting 60.9 percent from the line. Against Fordham, SJU couldn’t take advantage of 26 fouls committed by its opponent and went 24-for-40 from the foul line in the double overtime loss. One of their best free-throw shooters (Shavar Newkirk at 84.7%) is on the sidelines and Charlie Brown is the only player hitting over 80 percent, at 86.8, to rank third in the A-10. The team ranks 311th in the nation in free throw percentage.
REVERSAL OF FORTUNE: The Hawks actually broke their four-game streak of shooting 60 percent or less from the foul line at Dayton. The team converted a season-best 92.3 percent from the line, led by Lamarr Kimble’s 7-for-8 effort.
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 37.5 minutes per game, the second most in the Atlantic 10, and third highest in the nation. In conference games, however, he can’t do much more as he’s playing 39.4 minutes per game, the highest in the league. Kimble has played all 40 minutes seven times this year, including a career-high 50 in the double-overtime game with Fordham.
WORKING OVERTIME, PART 2: Lamarr Kimble has played 244 minutes in the past six games. His only breather during this stretch was six min in the La Salle game.
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 17 times this year. He reached a career-high with 22 points in the double-overtime loss to Fordham.
LONGTIME HAWK: Assistant coach Mark Bass is the nation’s third longest-tenured assistant coach at one school with 18 years. He is tied with Brian Dutcher of San Diego State. The only assistants who have been at one place longer are Mike Hopkins of Syracuse (21) and Brian Ayers of Belmont (19).
LOOKING AHEAD: Saint Joseph goes back on the road for a Valentine’s Day meeting at VCU. The Hawks then visit La Salle on Feb. 18 for an Atlantic 10 and Big 5 matchup.