FAIRFAX, VA. - Saint Joseph's (9-5; 0-1 A-10) will go on the road for the second straight game when it visits first-year Atlantic 10 member George Mason (7-8; 0-1) on Saturday, January 11 at the Patriot Center. The game will be televised nationally on the CBS Sports Network at 8 p.m.
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 fell short in the upset bid of #19 UMass, falling 66-62. Halil Kanacevic had 19 points and 13 rebounds while Langston Galloway scored 18 and DeAndre’ Bembry added 16.
• Senior Ronald Roberts, Jr., missed most of the second half at UMass after suffering back spasms and his status for this game is day-to-day.
• Sophomore Isaiah Miles will be sidelined for the second consecutive game after he suffered a concussion in the win over Denver (Jan. 4).
• Langston Galloway is the team’s leading scorer (17.0) while Ronald Roberts tops the Hawks in field goal percentage (.564). Halil Kanacevic leads the team in rebounding (8.2) as well as assists (4.4) and blocks (1.4).
• 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).
• SJU and George Mason have met only once before - in the 2002 NIT First Round in Fairfax. The Hawks won that game, 73-64.
• The Hawks return to Hagan Arena on Wednesday to host Duquesne in the home conference opener.
LAST TIME OUT: A shorthanded Saint Joseph’s team battled for 40 minutes, but a late run to end the game gave 19th-ranked Massachusetts a 66-62 victory at the Mullins Center in the A-10 opener. Halil Kanacevic led the Hawks with 19 points and 13 rebounds, while Langston Galloway and DeAndre’ Bembry chipped in 18 and 16 points, respectively. Ronald Roberts, Jr. left the game early in the second half due to back spasms after an awkward fall and did not return. SJU was also without Isaiah Miles, who missed the game due to a concussion. Saint Joseph’s held a 31-28 lead at halftime, but a 7-0 spurt by UMass put the Minutemen on top, 35-31, with 18:16 to go and then increased to 13-4 after a layup put the home team ahead 41-35 with 14:05 remaining. A Galloway jumper at 13:48 kicked off a 7-0 run for the Hawks; a three-pointer by Kanacevic and a layup by Chris Wilson put SJU ahead by a point, 42-41, with 12:09 to go. With the score tied, 48-48, at 9:22, the Hawks would score the next nine points of the game, seven of them by Kanacevic, to take a 57-48 lead with 6:23 to go. But from that point forward, UMass outscored Saint Joseph’s, 18-5, to secure the victory.
HUGE VOID: The Hawks could be without starter Ronald Roberts, Jr. for this game after the senior suffered back spasms in the loss at UMass. His status will be determined on Saturday. If he cannot play, junior Papa Ndao is likely to start in his place. Ndao has made five career starts.
OUT OF ACTION: Sophomore Isaiah Miles will be sidelined for the second consecutive game after suffering a concussion in a collision with a Denver player on Jan. 4. Miles had given the Hawks some productive minutes over the past few games, hitting for double figures against Loyola and Binghamton.
DEPTH PERCEPTION: The Hawks’ overall lack of depth was very obvious in the loss at #19 UMass. SJU was already without Isaiah Miles, who was sitting out because of a concussion suffered in the Denver win. Then senior Ronald Roberts, Jr., suffered back spasms early in the second half (17:05 remaining), which sidelined him for the rest of the game. Coach Phil Martelli used only seven players in the rotation and seniors Langston Galloway and Halil Kanacevic played all 40 minutes. It marked the first time in his career that Kanacevic played all 40 minutes - although he did play 44 in an overtime win over Notre Dame last season. SJU’s starters all average over 30 minutes per game on the season - the reserve with the most playing time is Daryus Quarles, who is averaging 15.7 minutes in 12 games.
UPS AND DOWNS: In the UMass game, the Hawks shot 45.5 percent in
the first half and 52.0 percent in the second as they fell four points short of the upset bid. The Hawks were on target from beyond the arc (50%) and the foul line (100%) in the first half, but then struggled from both in the second, making just 1-of-8 three-point attempts and 4-of-11 from the line. Saint Joseph’s was also hurt by a season-high 17 turnovers.
STREAK ENDER: Saint Joseph’s saw its five-game winning streak come to an end at UMass. It was their longest of the season thus far and longest since a five-game streak in December, 2011.
BACK IN FORM: Langston Galloway seems to have returned to the long-range shooting form from his sophomore season, when he was the top three-point shooter in the A-10 and ranked fourth in the nation with 46.6 percent. The senior is hitting 43.6 percent this year and ranks second in the A-10 with 3.0 threes made per game.
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 back-to-back sub-50 percent efforts against Denver and UMass. On the season, Saint Joseph’s is shooting 65.3 percent.
MR. DEPENDABLE: Langston Galloway remains the most consistent shooter from the foul line for the Hawks, converting a team-high 82.4 percent. Galloway shoots at a clip of 81.8 percent for his career, which ranks eighth all-time.
DOUBLE DUTY: Halil Kanacevic had his fourth double-double game of the year at UMass, with team-highs of 19 points and 15 rebounds. The senior scored 12 points in the second half as the Hawks fell short, 66-62.
COMING BACK: The Denver win marked the second time in 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.
MAGIC NUMBERS: Halil Kanacevic recently went over 900 points for his career (counting one season at Hofstra) and now has 922. Kanacevic also has 845 career rebounds, counting the 250 he had during his freshman year at Hofstra. Ronald Roberts, Jr. recorded his 700th rebound vs. Denver and now has 727.
LOOKING AHEAD: The Hawks return home on Jan. 15 to host Duquesne and then play their final non-conference game of the year on Jan. 18 at The Palestra against city rival Penn.