The Saint Joseph's men's basketball team (5-4) will play its final game before the holiday break by visiting Loyola- Maryland (5-4) on Saturday, December 21. Game time at Reitz Arena is 3 p.m.
Free video streaming of the game is available through the Patriot League Network and LoyolaGreyhounds.com.
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.
• The Hawks snapped their two-game losing streak with the 75-55 win over city rival Drexel. Halil Kanacevic had a career game with 27 points on 12-for-13 shooting, 14 rebounds and four assists. DeAndre’ Bembry added 18 points.
• Langston Galloway is the team’s leading scorer (17.3) while Ronald Roberts tops the Hawks in field goal percentage (.611). Halil Kanacevic is the team’s leader in rebounds (8.0), assists (3.9 and blocks (1.2). DeAndre’ Bembry leads SJU in three-point percentage (45.0).
• Langston Galloway ranks second in the Atlantic 10 in three-point field goals made with 2.9 per game while DeAndre’ Bembry is second in the league in three-point percentage (48.0).
• Today’s game is part of the nationwide Jesuit Basketball Spotlight project, using Jesuit basketball to raise awareness of Jesuit education. Both SJU and Loyola are Jesuit schools.
• The Hawks take a break for Christmas and return to action with three straight home games, beginning with a Dec. 29 date with Boston University.
LAST TIME OUT: Halil Kanacevic scored a career-high 27 points and had 14 rebounds, while shooting 12-for-13 from the field, to lead Saint Joseph's to a 75-55 win over Drexel. DeAndre' Bembry scored 18 points and Langston Galloway and Chris Wilson each added 11 points. Kanacevic scored nine points in the first six minutes of the second half as the Hawks went on a 19-5 run to take its biggest lead at that point, 42-32. Drexel pulled to within 54-47 with 7:36 remaining but Saint Joseph's went on a 16-2 run to put the game to take a commanding 70-49 lead with 4:35 remaining. After scoring his first basket of the game at the 12:45 mark of the second half, Galloway netted six points in that spurt by the Hawks. The teams struggled through a sloppy first half in which neither team made a three-point field goal (combined 0-for-12) and Saint Joseph's committed 10 turnovers and went just 1-for-7 from the foul line. Drexel led for all but a minute of the first half and took its biggest lead, 21-12, with 5:13 remaining. Kanacevic and Bembry led the Hawks back by combining for Saint Joseph's final 11 points of the half. Bembry scored the last five straight to pull Saint Joseph's within 25-23 before a layup gave the Dragons a 27-23 lead at halftime.
HAIL HALIL: Halil Kanacevic had a career game to lead the Hawks to the win over Drexel. The senior had a career-high 27 points and added 14 rebounds for the 12th double-double of his career. He also led the team with four assists and two blocks while shooting a personal best 12-for-13 from the field. Kanacevic grabbed the offensive rebound of his only miss and scored on the putback. Phil Martelli said, “Halil was the way he had practiced and the way he had talked. He was really emphatic with his teammates about getting their heads up and moving on to the next challenge.”
POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE: Hawks Langston Galloway, Halil Kanacevic and Eric Kindler became Saint Joseph's graduates on December 17, which was the end of the first semester. All three players finished the coursework for their degrees. Kanacevic earned his bachelor's in communications, Galloway received his in sports marketing and Kindler earned a degree in theology. Coach Phil Martelli said it was the first time in his career that he had that many players graduate in December. Both Galloway and Kanacevic will both exhaust their eligibility at the end of this season. Kindler will have one year remaining as he transferred to Saint Joseph's in his sophomore year but did not play basketball.
DYNAMIC DUO: Halil Kanacevic and DeAndre’ Bembry combined for 45 of the Hawks’ 75 points in the win over Drexel, and had nearly as many as the Dragons scored in the game (55). The duo shot a combined 19-for-24 from the field.
MOVING ON UP: Langston Galloway went over the 1,500-point mark at Temple and now has 1,545 points to tie with Pat McFarland for 15th on the all-time list.
SECOND-HALF SPLURGE: Against Drexel, the Hawks broke their habit of slow second-half starts. SJU put together quite possibly its best half of the year, scoring 52 points and limiting Drexel to 28 points. The Hawks shot 57.6 percent from the field and 55.6 percent from three-point range, after going 0-for-7 in the first half. SJU had just two turnovers - a drastic improvement from committing 10 in the first half.
THE SPIRIT OF THE SEASON: The Hawks participated in their annual Christmas Charity project this week to aid needy families in the area. Coordinated by SJU's Campus Ministry, and helped by donations from Hawk fans, the team shopped for gifts for all of the members of the families at the Target store on City Ave. The team split into groups with each responsible for shopping for one family. The Hawks wrapped the gifts and delivered them, along with food for a Christmas dinner, on Thursday, December 19.
LIMITED ACTION: The Hawks have already gone through two long stretches without games this season. After a Nov. 16 game against Creighton, SJU was off until the Old Spice Classic, which began on Nov. 28. Then SJU played Villanova on Dec. 7 and didn’t return to action until Dec. 18 because of final exams. Following today’s game, SJU will break for the holiday until Dec. 29 when it hosts Boston University.
ON THE LINE: Free-throw shooting has become a concern for the Hawks.
The team is converting 64.3 percent overall but have shot under 50 percent twice this season, including the win over Drexel when SJU shot a dismal 10-for-22 from the line (45.5 percent).
LOOKING AHEAD: The Hawks take a break for Christmas and return to action with three straight home games, beginning with a Dec. 29 date with Boston University.
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