The Saint Joseph's men's basketball team (4-4) will return to action by hosting Drexel (7-2) on Wednesday, December 18 at Hagan Arena. Tip-off is at 7 p.m. with the telecast on The Comcast Network in Philadelphia.
Video streaming, in high definition, will be offered for this game on SJUHawks.com and the A-10 Digital Network via a subscription to Hawks' All-Access.
The game will be broadcast on CBS Sports Radio 610 AM (WIP) with Matt Martucci and Joe Lunardi calling the action, with free audio streaming available on SJUHawks.com.
Fans are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy for the University's "Toys for Tots" collection.
• The Hawks are looking to snap a two-game losing streak after consecutive losses to city rivals Temple and Villanova.
• SJU is coming off of an 11-day break from action because of final exams.
• Langston Galloway is the team’s leading scorer (18.1) while Ronald Roberts tops the Hawks in rebounding (7.5) and field goal percentage (.621). Halil Kanacevic is the team’s leader in assists (3.8), blocks (1.1) and free throw percentage (.811). DeAndre’ Bembry leads SJU in three-point percentage (45.5).
• Langston Galloway leads the Atlantic 10 in three-point field goals made with 3.1 per game.
• Next up for the Hawks is a visit to Loyola-Md. on Dec. 21 before three consecutive home games after Christmas.
FAMILIAR FOE: Drexel and Saint Joseph’s have a great familiarity with each other and in fact, SJU is the only Philadelphia school on the Dragons’ schedule this year. Drexel head coach Bruiser Flint is a 1987 graduate of Saint Joseph’s and was a teammate of Hawks’ assistant coach Geoff Arnold. The duo helped SJU to the 1986 Atlantic 10 title.
MOVING ON UP: Langston Galloway went over the 1,500-point mark at Temple and now has 1,534 points to rank 16th all-time.
THE BIG THREE: Senior tri-captains Langston Galloway, Halil Kanacevic and Ronald Roberts, Jr., are the core of the Hawks’ team and they currently account for 60 percent of SJU’s scoring and 53 percent of the rebounding. There has only been one game thus far - Creighton - in which the Hawks’ leading scorer was not one of those three.
ROCK OF AGES: This year’s squad is one of SJU’s most experienced teams in recent years. The average age of the starting five is 21.2 years old and the top six are the same when you add in Daryus Quarles. Three Hawks - Langston Galloway, Ronald Roberts and Halil Kanacevic - have each played over 100 games in their college careers.
ON THE LINE: One bright spot in the Temple loss was the Hawks’ free-throw shooting, as they converted 81.3 percent in the game. They followed that with a 78.6 percent effort vs. Villanova. In the three games prior at the Old Spice Classic, SJU went 43-for-75 (57.3 percent) with a low of 46.3 percent (12-for-26) against LSU. Entering the tournament, Saint Joseph’s had connected on 70.1 percent from the line - the season percentage is now 66.5 percent.
JOIN THE CLUB: Ronald Roberts, Jr. became the 51st Hawk to score 1,000 points in his career on a tip-in with 6:23 remaining in the first half vs. LSU. He now has 1,061 points to rank 40th the Hawks’ all-time list. The senior also has 675 rebounds in his career, which ranks 23rd on SJU’s all-time list behind Bill Phillips’ total of 686.
THE TOP FIVE: SJU’s starters scored 67 of the team’s 69 points in the loss to Temple.
LOOK AT LANGSTON: After a disappointing effort (8 pts) against his hometown team LSU, Langston Galloway rebounded in a big way against Siena. The senior scored a season-high 27 points and connected on six three-pointers. He shot 4-of-7 from beyond the arc in the first half as the Hawks built up their double-digit lead. Galloway’s career-high of three-pointers is seven, which he achieved against Fordham in 2011-12. The senior has scored double figures in all but one game this year and tops the team in scoring with 18.1 ppg.
FAB FROSH: DeAndre’ Bembry continues to impress with his play. The freshman scored 17 points, his second highest total of the year, against Villanova. He is averaging 11.0 points on the season and tops the squad in three-point percentage, hitting 45.5 percent, while ranking second on the team in field goal percentage with a mark of 51.6 percent.
FOUR FOR FOUR: Langston Galloway could become the first Hawk to lead the team for all four years in each of two categories - minutes played and three-point percentage. The senior is currently averaging a team-high 34.1 minutes played per game, but is second on the team in three-point percentage (.431). No player has led either of those categories for all four years.
LOOKING AHEAD: The Hawks will visit Loyola-Md. on Dec. 21. After a break for Christmas, Saint Joseph’s will have three straight home games before starting A-10 play on January 8.
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