Saint Joseph’s redshirt sophomore Pierfrancesco Oliva underwent successful surgery yesterday to repair a fracture in his left wrist suffered in the opening minutes of the Hawks’ 90-87 loss to Rhode Island in the Atlantic 10 Semifinals on March 10.
Oliva will be in a cast for a few months but is expected to return to team workouts in mid-summer.
Against Rhode Island, Oliva played 26 minutes in the game and scored 13 points. He shot 4-for-4 from the field, went 2-for-2 from three-point range, and 3-for-4 from the line. Oliva finished the season as the Hawks’ top rebounder with a 6.8 average.
In that same game, senior Shavar Newkirk sustained a sprained toe late in the second half that prevented him from finishing the contest.
Newkirk scored a team-high 18 points in the game, while grabbing eight rebounds and handing out six assists in 35 minutes. He finished the year as the Hawks’ top scorer, averaging 17.4 points per game.