Saint Joseph's (6-4) will return to action after a break for the holiday, hosting Boston University (7-5) on Sunday, December 29. The game time at Hagan Arena has been changed to 4 p.m.
Video streaming, in high definition, will be offered through a subscription to Hawks' All-Access on SJUHawks.com and the A-10 Digital Network.
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.
• Today’s game time was changed to 4 p.m. The starting time was originally set at 5 p.m. as to not conflict with the Philadelphia Eagles' game (1 p.m.). Since the Eagles’ game is now scheduled for Sunday night, Saint Joseph's moved up its starting time to provide a more accommodating option for Hawk fans.
• This marks Saint Joseph’s first game since the 88-77 win over Loyola on Dec. 21. Ronald Roberts scored 20 points to lead four Hawks in double figures.
• Langston Galloway is the team’s leading scorer (17.0) while Ronald Roberts tops the Hawks in field goal percentage (.610). Halil Kanacevic is the team’s leader in rebounds (7.1), assists (4.1) and blocks (1.2). DeAndre’ Bembry leads SJU in three-point percentage (42.9).
• This is the first of three consecutive home games for SJU. After this game, the Hawks have a quick turnaround and host Binghamton on New Year’s Eve and then take on Denver on Jan. 4.
TALE OF TWO HALVES: Saint Joseph’s had two completely different halves at Loyola, and despite leading by as much as 37 points, held on for an 88-77 win. During the first half, the Hawks shot a blistering 64.5% (20-31) from the field, including 8-of-12 from three-point range, and hit on all 12 of their free throw attempts. The 60 points scored was short of the school record of 69 registered in 1971. In the second half, Loyola outscored SJU 53-28 and held the Hawks to just four field goals (4-of-21) and a season-low 28 points.
HAIL HALIL: Halil Kanacevic was named the Big 5 Co-Player of the Week for Dec. 23 after he had a career game to lead the Hawks to the win over Drexel. The senior had a career-high 27 points and added 14 rebounds for the 12th double-double of his career. He also led the team with four assists and two blocks while shooting a personal best 12-for-13 from the field. Kanacevic grabbed the offensive rebound of his only miss and scored on the putback. Phil Martelli said, “Halil was the way he had practiced and the way he had talked. He was really emphatic with his teammates about getting their heads up and moving on to the next challenge.” Kanacevic had seven points at Loyola, but added eight rebounds and a team-high six assists. It was the first Big 5 honor of his career.
HAPPY HOMECOMING: Isaiah Miles put together a career-best game vs. Loyola in his hometown of Baltimore. The sophomore scored 11 points in the first half en route to a career-high 17, in just 12 minutes of action. He hit on 4-of-5 shots from the field and made all eight free throw attempts.
POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE: Hawks Langston Galloway, Halil Kanacevic and Eric Kindler became Saint Joseph's graduates on December 17, which was the end of the first semester. All three players finished the coursework for their degrees. Kanacevic earned his bachelor's in communications, Galloway received his in sports marketing and Kindler earned a degree in theology. Coach Phil Martelli said it was the first time in his career that he had that many players graduate in December. Both Galloway and Kanacevic will both exhaust their eligibility at the end of this season. Kindler will have one year remaining as he transferred to Saint Joseph's in his sophomore year but did not play basketball.
BACK-TO-BACK: SJU put together two season-best halves, in the second half against Drexel and the first half against Loyola. In those halves, the Hawks outscored their opponents, 112-52, while converting 60.9 percent (39-for-64) from the field and 61.9 percent (13-for-21) from three-point range.
DYNAMIC DUO: Halil Kanacevic and DeAndre’ Bembry combined for 45 of the Hawks’ 75 points in the win over Drexel, and had nearly as many as the Dragons scored in the game (55). The duo shot a combined 19-for-24 from the field.
MOVING ON UP: Langston Galloway went over the 1,500-point mark at Temple and now ranks 14th on the all-time list with 1,559 points.
THE SPIRIT OF THE SEASON: The Hawks participated in their annual Christmas Charity project last week to aid needy families in the area. Coordinated by SJU's Campus Ministry, and helped by donations from Hawk fans, the team shopped for gifts for all of the members of the families at the Target store on City Ave. The team split into groups with each responsible for shopping for one family. The Hawks wrapped the gifts and delivered them, along with food for a Christmas dinner, on Thursday, December 19.
ON THE LINE: Free-throw shooting has become a concern for the Hawks. The team is converting 66.8 percent overall but has shot under 50 percent twice this season, including the win over Drexel when SJU shot a dismal 10-for-22 from the line (45.5 percent). The Hawks improved that at Loyola, hitting 32-of-40 in the game, while making 15 straight, which was two shy of the school record set in 1993.
LOOKING AHEAD: The Hawks are in the midst of three consecutive home games. Next up is a New Year’s Eve meeting with Binghamton followed by a Jan. 4 game against Denver.