ORLANDO, FLA. - Saint Joseph's (2-2) will face Siena (2-5) in the second round of the 2013 Old Spice Classic at HP Field House at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla. Tip-off is 8 p.m. and the game will be televised nationally on ESPNU.
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 winner of this game will move on to play the winner of Friday's Purdue-Washington State game on Sunday at noon in the fifth-place game, with the telecast on ESPNU. The losers of both contests will play in the seventh-place game on Sunday at 5 p.m., which will be seen on ESPN3.
• Ronald Roberts, Jr. led all scorers with 21 points in the LSU game. The senior made 9-of-13 field goals while surpassing 1,000 points for his career.
• Saint Joseph’s and Siena last met on New Year’s Eve 2010 with the Hawks scoring a 58-48 win.
• Ronald Roberts is the team’s leading scorer (17.8) while Halil Kanacevic tops the Hawks in rebounding (7.8), assists (5.5) and blocks (1.7). Roberts tops the squad in field goal percentage (63.6) and DeAndre’ Bembry leads SJU in three-point percentage (50.0).
• Ronald Roberts has scored double figures in five straight games dating back to last season and he has notched 20-plus points twice this year.
• 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.
LAST TIME VS. SIENA: On December 31, 2010, Carl Jones scored 17 points to lead four Hawks in double figures as Saint Joseph's held off Siena, 58-48, in a New Year's Eve game at Hagan Arena. It was SJU's second win in a row and just its first home game since December 8. Justin Crosgile added 11 points and freshmen Langston Galloway and C.J. Aiken each contributed 10 points. Aiken also grabbed nine rebounds and blocked four shots. The Hawks held a 27-23 lead at halftime, but saw Siena go on a quick 6-0 run to take a 34-33 lead with 14:37 to play. Saint Joseph's would then outscore the Saints 10-2, paced by five points from Galloway, to regain the lead, 43-36 at 11:08. The home team converted 6-of-8 free throws in the final 37 seconds to preserve the win, despite shooting 36.2 percent from the field and 22.7 percent from 3-point range (5-of-22). SJU committed just five turnovers in the contest.
COMMON THREAD: Saint Joseph’s and Siena have each played Vermont thus far, with the Hawks scoring a 74-64 road win. Siena lost to the Catamounts, 76-66. The Saints have also played two of SJU’s Atlantic 10 foes, La Salle and St. Bonaventure.
ABOUT PHIL: Phil Martelli is the Hawks' all-time leader in career victories with a mark of 340-239. Martelli is the dean of Atlantic 10 coaches as the longest tenured coach currently in the league. He also ranks second all-time in the league in overall career victories, and with a 167-121 mark in Atlantic 10 play, owns the most conference wins for any active coach.
JOIN THE CLUB: Ronald Roberts, Jr. become 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 finished the game with 21 points and now has 1,008 career points to rank 49th on the Hawks’ all-time list. The senior also has 653 rebounds in his career, which ranks 23rd on SJU’s all-time list.
ACCESS DENIED: Against LSU, the Hawks couldn’t put the ball in the basket from either the three-point arc or the foul line. Saint Joseph’s shot a dismal 18.8 percent from three-point range, including an 0-for-7 effort in the first half. At the foul line, the Hawks went just 12-for-26 (46.2 percent), for the worst effort since they shot 45.5 (5-for-11) percent against Harvard last season (11/20/12).
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.
HAIL HALIL: Halil Kanacevic tied his career-high with four steals against LSU. He continues to lead the Hawks in assists with 5.5 per game. Kanacevic, who has improved his free throw shooting, did miss his first two shots of the season in the LSU game.
RAVING ABOUT ROBERTS: Phil Martelli had this to say about Ronald Roberts after the LSU game: “Ron has worked at his game. He’s been the Most Improved Player as voted by the coaching staff for three years in a row.... And he’d be a candidate even for this year. But what Ron will probably tell you after tonight is that he had three turnovers. I’m happy for him, he’s the product of a really great family. He and (asst. coach) Dave Duda have worked on his game every day to try to get better.”
LOOKING AHEAD: Purdue or Washington State loom as the Hawks’ next possible opponents, and Saint Joseph’s last met Purdue at this time of year in the 2009 Paradise Jam. SJU and Washington State have only met once before, in 1973.