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Men's Basketball Hosts George Mason on Tuesday
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  01/09/2017

The Saint Joseph's men's basketball team (8-6; 2-1 A-10) returns to Hagan Arena to host George Mason (11-6; 1-2) on Tuesday, January 10 at 7 p.m. The game will be televised by the American Sports Network and its affiliates and can be seen locally on The Comcast Network.

The radio broadcast can be heard on WTMR 800 AM, with streaming audio on SJUHawks.com. LISTEN

(Note change- stream will now be available free of charge on the A-10 Network, as opposed to the American Sports Network - WATCH )

A number of ASN affliiates will carry the game, among them: SNY; CSN-Mid Atlantic+; Cox Sports TV (Pa., Ohio and Va.). Check local listings for stations in your area.

ARENA: Michael J. Hagan ‘85 Arena (4,200)
TELEVISION: ASN/TCN (Ed Cohen, John Griffin)
RADIO: WTMR 800 AM (Matt Martucci, Joe Lunardi)
AUDIO STREAMING: SJUHawks.com - LISTEN
VIDEO STREAMING: Atlantic10.com - WATCH
SJU STREAK: 1 win
HAWKS’ NEXT GAME: Jan. 14 vs. Richmond, 12:30 p.m., NBCSN

GAME NOTES:
• James Demery scored a career-high 27 points to lead SJU to a 70-55 win at Fordham on Saturday. Lamarr Kimble chipped in with 12 points, nine rebounds and six assists, while Markell Lodge and Brendan Casper each had 10 points. The victory was the 200th A-10 win of Phil Martelli’s career.
• James Demery averaged 22.0 points and 7.0 rebounds in the Hawks’ two games last week.
• Saint Joseph’s ranks fifth in the nation for fewest fouls with 225.
• Tonight starts a stretch of three of the next four games in Philadelphia for the Hawks. SJU owns a 4-1 home record thus far this year.

LAST TIME OUT: James Demery scored a career-high 27 points to lead Saint Joseph’s to a 70-55 win at Fordham and give Phil Martelli the 200th A-10 win of his career. Demery shot 10-for-16 from the field while grabbing six rebounds in just his third game back after missing 10 early games with a stress fracture. Lamarr Kimble added 12 points, six assists and tied his career-high with nine rebounds. Markell Lodge and Brendan Casper each tied their career-highs with 10 points apiece, while Casper added a personal best five assists. Saint Joseph’s led the entire game but Fordham opened the second half with a 13-6 run to trim the Hawks’ lead to 50-42 at 14:48. The Rams came within 52-47 at 13:15 before a dunk by Chris Clover started an 18-2 Saint Joseph’s run. Demery had seven points in the spurt while the Hawks kept Fordham off the board for seven minutes until 6:11, as SJU owned a 68-49 lead. SJU led early, 16-11, but went without a point for five minutes until a jumper by Nick Robinson gave them an 18-11 lead at 11:42. That started a 14-7 run to put SJU up 30-18 on a three-pointer by Kimble with 6:26 to play in the half. The Hawks shot 60.7 percent in the first half and took a 42-28 lead on a three-pointer by Kimble with 1:17 left. After a bucket by Lodge, SJU owned its biggest lead of the half, 44-29, at the break.

MAGIC NUMBER: The victory over Fordham was the 200th Atlantic 10 win of Phil Martelli’s career.  Martelli owns the most conference wins of any active coach, and the second most all-time in the league behind Temple’s John Chaney (296).

HE’S BACK: James Demery has made his presence felt in his return to the lineup after missing 10 games with an injury. The junior had nine points, four rebuonds and four assists off the bench in his return to action against GW and followed that with 17 points and eight rebounds at Rhode Island. Demery returned to the starting lineup at Fordham and responded with a career-high 27 points to go along with six rebounds. The junior shot 10-for-16 from the field and had 14 points in  in the first half as the Hawks jumped out to a 44-29 lead. Demery was a starter as a freshman and was the sixth man for the 2016 A-10 champion team, averaging 8.1 points per game. His return also gives SJU’s defense a boost as he has been regarded as the team’s best defender.

CONFERENCE CALL: Markell Lodge is leading the Atlantic 10 in field goal percentage in conference games only, making 73.3 percent of his shots. James Demery leads the Hawks in scoring in A-10 games with his 17.7 average.

DEVASTATING BLOW: Junior Shavar Newkirk will miss the rest of the season after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee in the win over GW (Dec. 30) and will undergo surgery. Newkirk keyed the Hawks’ comeback from 12 points down in the first half, and was about to score his sixth straight point on a fast break, when he went down with the non-contact injury. He finished the game with 10 points and SJU won, 68-63. Newkirk was the Hawks’ leading scorer, averaging 20.3 points per game through 12 games. He scored 20-plus points in all but four games this season, reaching a new career-high of 28 points. Newkirk topped the Hawks in free-throw percentage (.847) and averaged 3.5 assists per game, while hitting 46.6 percent of his field goal attempts. His scoring average was 13 points more than last season’s (8.0). “This is certainly disappointing to all of us in the Saint Joseph’s basketball program. Our thoughts and concern go out to Shavar and his family,” said Phil Martelli. “We're fully supportive of him, academically and socially, and as he makes his return to the basketball court, bigger, stronger and better than ever. His teammates have expressed the same level of support.”

START IT UP: Sophomore Chris Clover has started the past two games in place of Shavar Newkirk.  James Demery returned to the starting lineup at Fordham for Nick Robinson, who replaced Demery while he was sidelined. Here’s a rundown of the Hawks’ starting lineups this season with the number of games: 
    • Kimble, Newkirk, Brown, Demery, Lodge - 1 game
    • Kimble, Newkirk, Brown, Robinson, Lodge - 11 games
    • Kimble, Clover, Brown, Robinson, Lodge - 1 game
    • Kimble, Clover, Brown, Demery, Lodge - 1 game

THE GOOD GUY: Phil Martelli has been named the recipient of this year’s “Good Guy Award” from the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association, which will be presented at the 113th annual PSWA banquet on Feb. 3 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cherry Hill. Martelli, always helpful and accessible to the media in good times and bad, capped off a strong 2015-16 season by storming through the Atlantic 10 Tournament, to win the Hawks' second title in three years and earn an eighth seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Hawks then defeated No. 9 Cincinnati for their first NCAA Tournament win since 2004 before bowing to Oregon in the second round, finishing at a stellar 28-8.  The conference title was the second in the last three years for Martelli, who is also a four-time A-10 Coach of the Year.

INJURY BUG: The Hawks are certainly jinxed with significant injuries this year, with the latest setback being Shavar Newkirk’s torn ACL. The streak of bad luck began this summer when sophomore Pierfrancesco Oliva, a starter in 2015-16, was diagnosed with a knee condition that is causing him to miss the year. James Demery suffered a stress fracture in the first game on Nov. 12 that forced him to miss 10 games. Freshman Lorenzo Edwards played in only one game this year and will undergo shoulder surgery which will sideline him for the rest of the year.

THIN RANKS: SJU has 17 players on its roster, but only 14 healthy ones.

CHARLIE IN CHARGE: Freshman Charlie Brown was one of the catalysts in SJU’s win over GW, as he scored 13 points on 6-for-9 shooting. His three-pointer at 2:25 gave the Hawks the lead for good. Brown scored 11 points at Rhode Island to give him five straight games in double figures.

BRENDAN’S BEST: Former walk-on Brendan Casper has contributed for the Hawks this year. At Fordham, he matched his career-high with 10 points and handed out a personal best five assists.   

LOOKING AHEAD: The Hawks host Richmond on Saturday, Jan. 14 and then go on the road to Massachusetts on Jan. 18. Saint Joseph’s will play its final non-conference game of the year on Jan. 21 when it takes on Penn at The Palestra.