The Saint Joseph's men's basketball team (9-4) will take its five-game winning streak to Massachusetts (12-1) on Wednesday, January 8 to meet the 19th-ranked Minutemen. Game time at the Mullins Center is 7 p.m.
The game will be televised on SportsNet NY and on The Comcast Network (Pa.). Free video streaming will also be available on CampusInsiders.com.
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The Saint Joseph's Sports Network broadcast will air on CBS Sports Radio 610 AM (WIP) with Matt Martucci and Joe Lunardi calling the action, with free audio streaming available on SJUHawks.com.
• Langston Galloway scored 14 points and DeAndre’ Bembry added 13 to lead the Hawks to a 53-52 win over Denver, for their fifth in a row.
• The Hawks’ five-game winning streak is their longest of the season thus far and longest since a five-game streak in December, 2011. The last time SJU won six in a row was during a seven-game streak in January, 2008.
• Langston Galloway is the team’s leading scorer (16.9) while Ronald Roberts tops the Hawks in field goal percentage (.574). Roberts and Halil Kanacevic are tied for the team lead in rebounding (7.8) while Kanacevic is the Hawks’ leader assists (4.2) and blocks (1.5).
• Langston Galloway ranks 28th in the nation in both 3-point field goals made (3.0) and 3-point percentage (44.3) while Ronald Roberts is 33rd in field goal percentage (54.7).
• Video streaming of tonight’s game will also be available on CampusInsiders.com.
• The Hawks visit new A-10 member George Mason on Jan. 11 in a game that will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network.
AST TIME OUT: Langston Galloway scored 14 points and DeAndre' Bembry added 13 as Saint Joseph's edged Denver, 53-52, for the Hawks' fifth win in a row. SJU led 51-49 with 2:06 to play and after two turnovers by Denver and one by SJU, Denver regained possession with 10 seconds to play. Marcus Byrd's three-pointer was off the mark and Halil Kanacevic blocked the follow-up. Bembry then grabbed the rebound and fed to Chris Wilson, who was fouled and made both free throws with six-tenths of a second to play to put the Hawks up, 53-49. Denver hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to provide the final margin. The teams traded leads in the early part of the second half, but Saint Joseph's went on a 9-0 run to take its biggest lead of the game, 45-37, at 8:07. The Hawks struggled offensively in the first half, shooting just 27.6 percent and had to come back from an 11-point deficit. SJU went without a point for close to five minutes as Denver jumped out to a 12-3 lead. Trailing 21-10 with 8:28 to play, Galloway started the Hawks' comeback, scoring seven consecutive points as SJU went on an 8-2 run. SJU closed to 23-21 on a layup by Kanacevic but Denver took a 25-23 lead into intermission. Ronald Roberts, Jr., grabbed 15 rebounds for the Hawks while Kanacevic had six rebounds and four blocks on the day.
LAST TIME VS. UMASS: Saint Joseph's fell at Massachusetts, 80-62, at the Mullins Center on Feb. 9, 2013. Langston Galloway had 14 points, Carl Jones had 13, and Ronald Roberts posted 10, while Halil Kanacevic scored all 12 of his points in the second half. Tip-off was pushed back five hours due to the massive snowstorm that blanketed the northeast the previous day. Massachusetts closed out the first half with a 16-2 run to take a 40-26 lead into halftime. Galloway scored the first eight points in the second half to bring the Hawks within, 40-34. With UMass holding a seven-point lead, Jones hit a three with 14:17 to go to bring Saint Joseph's to 45-41. But UMass scored 14 of the next 20 points to extend its lead to 59-47 with 8:43 to play. The Hawks had one more push in them as they got within, 59-54, but UMass used an 11-0 run over the to take a 70-54 lead and put the game out of reach.
OUT OF ACTION: Sophomore Isaiah Miles will be sidelined for tonight’s game after suffering a concussion Saturday after a collision with a Denver player. His status for the Jan. 11 game at George Mason will be determined later this week. Miles has given the Hawks some productive minutes over the past few games, hitting for double figures against Loyola and Binghamton.
FOR OPENERS: The Hawks are 13-5 in A-10 openers under Phil Martelli but have lost three of their last five - to Butler, Duquesne and Temple. SJU’s last win in the first game of conference play was an 84-82 overtime win over Duquesne on Jan. 4, 2012.
ON THE LINE: The Hawks have been on a rollercoaster ride with their free-throw shooting this season and coach Phil Martelli has called it “disconcerting”. After hitting just 45.5 percent (10-for-22) against Drexel, the Hawks then converted 80 percent in back-to-back games. At Loyola, SJU made 32-of-40, while making 15 straight, which was two shy of the school record set in 1993. In the win over Boston University, SJU went 20-for-25 from the line. They hit a new low point against Binghamton, converting just 5-of-14 in the game (35.7 percent) and followed that with a 56.5 percent effort vs. Denver. On the season, Saint Joseph’s is shooting 65.7 percent.
HAWKS VS. THE POLLS: This is Saint Joseph’s second game of the season against a ranked opponent as the Hawks fell to #14 Villanova on Dec. 7. Last year the Hawks went 1-4 against Top 25 teams with a win over #20 Notre Dame. A win vs. UMass would be the highest ranked team beaten by SJU since a win over #19 Creighton on Dec. 10, 2011.
COMING BACK: The Denver win marked the second time in the last three games in which the Hawks fought back from an 11-point deficit to earn the victory. SJU trailed BU by 11 with 18:52 to play in the second half and earned a 73-67 win. Against Denver, the Hawks trailed by 11 points midway through the first half and picked up the 53-52 win.
NO WORRIES: Ronald Roberts, Jr. went scoreless in the first half against Denver, but ended up finishing the game with 9 points and a game-high 15 rebounds. Phil Martelli was confident the senior would bounce back in the second half - "That's a matter of maturity, and the coaches get a lot of credit. You know who else? Halil [Kanacevic] because he'll whisper in Ron's ear. You give me those seven shots that he had, and there were other plays that he left out there... More is expected. He's better than that. But 15 rebounds and he had a big block in the first half. He had a tough matchup. 15 rebounds guarding a four man and their four man plays away from the basket. So that's a little bit of a boost."
BOUNCING BACK, PART 2: Similar to Ronald Roberts, DeAndre’ Bembry also turned things around in the second half vs. Denver. After going 1-for-9 in the first half, the freshman connected on 4-of-5 shots to finish with 13 points and help the Hawks to the win.
MAGIC NUMBERS: Halil Kanacevic went over 900 points for his career (counting one season at Hofstra) and now has 903. Ronald Roberts, Jr. recorded his 700th rebound vs. Denver and now has 709.
LOOKING AHEAD: The Hawks will play their second straight game on the road, visiting new A-10 member George Mason on Jan. 11. The Hawks return home on Jan. 15 to host Duquesne.