SAINT JOSEPH'S HAWKS (5-4; 0-1 Big 5) at
#21/21 VILLANOVA WILDCATS (7-2; 2-0 Big 5)
December 8, 2018 • 2 p.m. • FS1
  Finneran Pavilion • Villanova, Pa.

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PHOTO ALBUM: SJU-Villanova Through the Years

THE MATCHUP
Current SJU Streak: 1 win
Series vs. VU: VU leads 50-25
Last Meeting: 12/2/17, VU 94-63
Coaches (years/record at school): Phil Martelli - 24th Year (435-313); Jay Wright -18th Year (429-167)
Teams’ Leading Scorers:  Charlie Brown, Jr. - 22.0 ppg; Phil Booth - 16.0 ppg

THE HAWKS
• Saint Joseph’s posted a 92-82 win at Princeton on Wednesday night as Lamarr Kimble scored 22 points, all in the second half while backcourt mate Jared Bynum had 19 points and six assists. Taylor Funk scored 16 points, Charlie Brown, Jr., scored 11 points before leaving the game with an ankle injury, and Markell Lodge had a season-high nine points
Charlie Brown, Jr., the leading scorer in the A-10 (22.0), is questionable for the game after he sprained his right ankle on Wednesday night at Princeton. He will be a game-day decision and if he can’t go, Chris Clover will start in his place
• Saint Joseph’s ranks second in the nation in turnovers per game, with an average of 8.1. Virginia is the leader with 7.9 turnovers per game. Jared Bynum leads the conference and ranks 10th in the nation in assist/turnover ratio with 4.4
• The Hawks lead the A-10 in three-point percentage, converting 39.5 percent, and hold the top two individual spots with Charlie Brown, Jr. (52.0) and Jared Bynum (50.0)
• Freshman Jared Bynum was named the A-10 Rookie of the Week after averaging 20.0 points last week
• The Hawks get a two-week break for final exams before returning to action on December 22 by hosting Loyola Chicago at the Palestra

INJURY REPORT
• Leading scorer Charlie Brown, Jr., is questionable for today’s game with a sprained ankle suffered early in the second half at Princeton. His status will be determined prior to the game
• Top rebounder Pierfrancesco Oliva missed the Princeton game after suffering a concussion against Temple. He will sit out the Villanova game

FRESH APPROACH
• Lamarr “Fresh” Kimble helped the Hawks pull away at Princeton as he poured in 22 second-half points after Charlie Brown left the game with an injury early in the half
• The captain made 8-of-12 from the field in the half, and had 10 of 13 points as SJU expanded on a three-point halftime lead, going up by 53-45
• It was the second game in which Kimble had a big second half to help the Hawks to the win; he previously scored 24 of his career-high-tying 31 points vs. UIC in the second half
• Kimble is now averaging a career-best 18.0 points per game and is the Hawks’ leader in free throw percentage with 80.9 percent

BYTES ON BYNUM
Jared Bynum has been impressive in the starrt of his career and is averaging 13.9 points and leading the team in assists with 3.9
Phil Martelli said of the freshman, “He might be a freshman academically and socially, but he’s a basketball player. He belongs in these games.”

WHAT BROWN CAN DO FOR YOU
Charlie Brown, Jr., established a new career-high for the third time this year as he poured in 37 points at William & Mary
• He scored 23 in the first half, the highest single-half total of his career, hitting 11-of-17 from the field and 11-of-14 from the foul line
• His 37 points are the third most in the history of Kaplan Arena and tied the seventh highest single-game scoring total in SJU history
• Brown is the leading scorer in the A-10 with his 22.0 average. The last Hawk to average 20+ points in a full season was Jameer Nelson (20.6) in 2003-04. Shavar Newkirk averaged 20.3 ppg in 2016-17, but he played only 12 games due to a knee injury

HAWKS HELPING OTHERS
• The Hawks will take part in their 24th annual Christmas Charity project over the coming week where they will provide gifts and a Christmas dinner to a few needy famiiies in West Philadelphia, as identified by SJU’s Campus Ministry
• The players will choose and wrap the gifts for their assigned families and then deliver them
• The project is aided from donations made by Saint Joseph’s fans. Contributions are being accepted through Dec. 14 at: alumni.sju.edu/mbbchristmascharity

LOOKING AHEAD
• The Hawks will take their annual break for final exams and return to action on Dec. 22 by hosting 2018 Final Four team Loyola Chicago at the Palestra
• Saint Joseph’s next game in Hagan Arena will be on Dec. 29 against Wagner

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