SAINT JOSEPH’S HAWKS (14-15; 9-8 A-10)
vs. LA SALLE EXPLORERS (13-17; 7-10 A-10)
March 3, 2018 • 2 p.m. • Facebook
Michael J. Hagan ‘85 Arena • Philadelphia, Pa.
** "Fan Fest” will be located inside the Athletic Center (adjoining Hagan Arena) beginning at 12:30 p.m.
** A separate Senior Class tailgate party is scheduled for the pool deck; free senior class t-shirts
** Free admission for SJU students with I.D.
ABOUT THE HAWKS
• Saint Joseph’s pulled off its biggest win of the year, routing #17 Rhode Island, 78-48, on the Rams homecourt. James Demery scored 21 points, Taylor Funk had 17 points, Shavar Newkirk had 14 points and seven assists, and Nick Robinson added 10 points
• Saint Joseph’s has won two in a row, and five of the last six, since ending a five-game losing streak on Feb. 10
• Chris Clover has started the past three games for James Demery (ankle), although Demery has come off the bench in the last two, averaging 16.0 minutes
• This meeting is the designated Big 5 contest - the Hawks are 0-3 and La Salle is 2-1 this year in the Philadelphia Big 5
• If SJU wins, it will mark the 400th victory on campus in the 68 seasons of Hagan Arena/Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse
• It is “Senior Day” where the Hawks’ six senior players and five managers will be honored in a pre-game ceremony beginning at 1:45 p.m.
• Fans will be asked to remain in their seats for a brief post-game ceremony acknowledging athletic director Don DiJulia, who is retiring at the end of the academic year
LAST TIME OUT
• James Demery scored 21 points, and Taylor Funk had 17 points on perfect shooting as SJU routed #17 Rhode Island, 78-48, at the Ryan Center; Shavar Newkirk had 14 points and seven assists while Nick Robinson added 10 points
• SJU held Rhode Island to its lowest point total of the season and handed the Rams their first home loss of the year
• The Hawks jumped out quickly taking a 20-7 lead and kept it going, increasing it to 24-10 as URI made only four of its first 20 field goals and was 1-for-10 from three-point range; SJU held a 35-16 halftime lead
• The second half was more of the same as the Hawks went up by 20, 39-19, in the first two and a half minutes and were up by 31 points, 52-21, at the 13:31 mark on a layup by Funk
MORE ON THE WIN
• The victory over Rhode Island marked Saint Joseph’s first win over a ranked opponent in a true road game since Jan. 2, 1979, when the Hawks defeated #15 Georgetown, 37-36, at McDonough Arena
• It was also SJU’s first win over a Top 25 team since a 79-70 win over #15 Dayton on February 17, 2016 at Hagan Arena
• SJU was the second unranked team in the College Basketball Reference database (since 1949-50) to win a road game against a ranked opponent by 30-plus points. The other was Connecticut over #12 Virginia, 77-36) in 1993
• SJU held the A-10 regular-season champion Rams to their lowest point total in a half this season and it was the least points scored by a Hawk opponent in a half this year
• The Hawks limited URI to 28.1% from the field and 10.3% from 3-point range (3-of-29); in the first half the Rams shot just 19.4% and made only 1-of-15 threes (6.7%)
HAWKS’ STREAK: 2 wins
SERIES vs. LA SALLE: SJU 68-57
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