SAINT JOSEPH’S HAWKS (11-15; 4-9 A-10) at MASSACHUSETTS MINUTEMEN (9-17; 2-11 A-10)
  February 23, 2019 • 2 p.m. • ESPN+
  Mullins Center • Amherst, Mass.

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THE MATCHUP
Current SJU Streak: 2 losses
Series vs. UMass: UMass leads 38-36
Last Meeting: 2/2/19, SJU 64-62
Coaches (years/record at school): Phil Martelli - 24th Year (441-324); Matt McCall - 2nd Year (22-37)
Teams’ Leading Scorers: Charlie Brown, Jr. - 19.9 ppg; Luwane Pipkins 16.6 ppg

THE HAWKS
• Davidson rallied in the second half to post an 80-72 win over the Hawks on Feb. 15. Charlie Brown scored 20 points for Saint Joseph’s and Chris Clover added 17
* The Hawks are returning to action after a week’s break, which is their longest since December when they went 14 days without a game
* SJU won the first meeting of the teams this year, edging the Minutemen, 64-62, on Feb. 2
* Charlie Brown, Jr., is the leading scorer in the A-10 with 19.9 ppg and an 18.8 average in conference games, while ranking 47th in the nation
* Freshman Jared Bynum tops the league in assist/turnover ratio (2.5)
* This is the second of three consecutive road games for the Hawks as they travel to Fordham on Wednesday, Feb. 27 before returning home on March 2 to face La Salle

GOOD NEWS
• Redshirt junior Lamarr Kimble will be back in action after missing the last 10 games with a fractured hand suffered on Jan. 12 at Duquesne
• Kimble is still the Hawks’ second leading scorer with 16.3 points per game while averaging 2.6 assists

TALE OF TWO HALVES
• The Hawks got out quickly at Davidson, opening up a 10-point lead eight minutes into the game
• SJU  hit a season-high 10 three-pointers in the first half, but then made just two the rest of the way
• The tide turned in the second half as Davidson connected on 10 threes and rallied from a 10-point deficit to earn the win

ADDING THEM UP
Charlie Brown has surpassed the 400-point mark for the season (497) and now has 895 points in 56 career games

CARING FOR THE BALL
• Saint Joseph’s is back to the number-two spot in the nation in turnovers per game (9.3) and rank third in fewest turnovers (232). Michigan leads the NCAA with 9.2

THE LATEST ONE
• Injuries have been a constant for the Hawks and Markell Lodge is the most recent player to be knocked out of action
• The senior sustained a thumb injury in the win over Saint Louis and underwent season-ending surgery on Feb. 12
• The Hawks did get another player back as Anthony Longpré returned to action on Feb. 12 after missing six games with a concussion and has played in the last two games

CAN’T MISS
Charlie Brown was 9-for-9 from the field with 21 points in the first half of the Saint Louis win, helping the Hawks stake an early double-digit lead. He finished the game with 28 points on 10-for-13 shooting
• He had a similar start at Dayton on Jan. 29, when he opened the game scoring 10 straight points to give SJU a quick 10-3 lead

ON TARGET
• In the games vs. La Salle and Saint Louis, the Hawks shot a combined 50 percent (59-for-118) from the field and 48 percent (26-for-54) from behind the arc
• SJU took 59 field goal attempts in both games, and tied their season-high with 33 made vs. Saint Louis
• At La Salle, the Hawks connected on a season-high 14 three-pointers

LOOKING AHEAD
• SJU will play its third straight game on the road at Fordham on Feb. 27 before returning home for a pair, vs. La Salle on March 2 and Rhode Island on March 5

 

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