The Saint Joseph's men's basketball team (10-5; 1-1 A-10) will open the home conference schedule by hosting Duquesne (8-6; 1-1) on Wednesday, January 15. Game time at Hagan Arena is 7 p.m.
Video streaming, in high definition, will be offered for this game on SJUHawks.com and the A-10 Digital Network via a subscription.
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 defeated George Mason, 84-80, in the first A-10 meeting of the teams. Halil Kanacevic scored 23 points and Langston Galloway had 20. DeAndre’ Bembry added 17 and Papa Ndao had a career-high 13 while replacing the injured Ronald Roberts, Jr.
• Halil Kanacevic was named the Big 5 Player of the Week for the second time this year.
• Senior Ronald Roberts, Jr., who missed the George Mason game with back spasms, is questionable for tonight and his status will be determined on game day. Sophomore Isaiah Miles will be sidelined for the third consecutive game after he suffered a concussion in the win over Denver (Jan. 4).
• Langston Galloway is the team’s leading scorer (17.2) while Ronald Roberts tops the Hawks in field goal percentage (.564). Halil Kanacevic leads the team in rebounding (8.1) as well as assists (4.1) and blocks (1.3).
• The Hawks play their final non-conference game of the year when they visit Penn at The Palestra on Saturday at 7 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT: Trailing by three points with 7:25 remaining in the game, seniors Halil Kanacevic and Langston Galloway put Saint Joseph’s on their backs and led the Hawks to a gritty 84-80 win at George Mason in the first A-10 meeting of the teams. Kanacevic scored 23 points, Galloway had 20 and DeAndre’ Bembry added 17, while Papa Ndao posted a career-high 13 points on 4-of-4 shooting in his first start of the season. The Hawks were without second-leading scorer Ronald Roberts, Jr., who missed his first career game due to back spasms, and Isaiah Miles who missed his second consecutive game due to a concussion. Trailing 45-40 at halftime, SJU opened the second half on a 10-2 run, culminating in a dunk and a layup by Kanacevic to put the Hawks on top, 53-47, with 16:26 remaining. The Patriots closed back to within 54-53 but a layup by Bembry restored a three-point lead a minute later. The Hawks took a 60-55 lead at the 12:28 mark, but GMU would answer with an 11-3 run to take a 66-63 lead with 7:25 left. Kanacevic answered with a layup and Ndao hit his third three-pointer of the game to put SJU ahead for good, 68-67, with 6:12 to go. That bucket kicked off a 9-0 run that featured four points from Galloway and left the Hawks with a 74-67 advantage with 3:16 to play. A pair of GMU free throws broke up the run, but the Hawks then scored six of the next seven points, punctuated by a fast break dunk from Bembry, to take an 80-70 lead at :45. Galloway and Kanacevic would each drain a pair of free throws to help seal the victory before GMU hit a desperation three-pointer at the buzzer to provide the final margin.
CITY’S FINEST: Halil Kanacevic was named the Big 5 Player of the Week for Jan. 13 and for the second time this year. The 6-8 forward averaged 21.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists in the Hawks' 1-1 week. He connected on 62.5 percent from the field (15-for-24), 50 percent from three-point range (2-for-4) and 71.4 percent from the foul line (10-for-14). In the win at George Mason, Kanacevic scored a game-high 23 points while grabbing seven rebounds. The senior connected on 9-of-15 from the field and 5-of-6 from the foul line. Earlier in the week, he posted a team-high 19 points and 13 rebounds in the Hawks' 66-62 loss at #19 Massachusetts for his fourth double-double of the season. He shot 6-for-9 from the floor and made 2-of-3 three-pointers, while handing out a team-high six assists.
INJURY REPORT: Ronald Roberts, Jr., remains questionable for the game after he suffered back spasms at UMass and missed the George Mason game. His status will be determined on Wednesday. If he cannot play, junior Papa Ndao will make his second start, and seventh of his career. Sophomore Isaiah Miles will be sidelined for the third consecutive game after suffering a concussion in a collision with a Denver player on Jan. 4. He could return to practice as early as Thursday.
NOW’S THE TIME: Papa Ndao stepped up in a big way at George Mason, replacing Ronald Roberts in the starting lineup. The junior made the sixth start of his career and responded with a perfect shooting game to score a career-high 13 points. It marked his first time in double figures as he went 4-for-4 from the field, making three three-pointers, and hitting two free throws in the final minute. Ndao played a career-high 37 minutes - his previous high was 20 minutes.
DEPTH PERCEPTION: The injuries to starter Ronald Roberts and sixth man Isaiah Miles have emphasized the Hawks’ lack of depth. At #19 UMass, SJU was without Miles because of a concussion suffered in the Denver win. Then Roberts suffered back spasms early in the second half (17:05), which sidelined him for the rest of the game. 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. The Hawks were without Roberts and Miles at George Mason, but Papa Ndao made the start and contributed a career-high 13 points, and Galloway and Kanacevic logged 40 minutes again. 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 14.9 minutes in 13 games.
NATION’S BEST: Langston Galloway ranks fifth in the nation among active career leaders for three-point field goals, with his career total of 280. He also ranks 22nd in threes made per game (2.46) and 24th in three-point percentage (44.2).
BACK IN FORM: Langston Galloway has 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 44.1 percent this year and ranks second in the A-10 with 3.0 threes made per game.
THE NUMBERS GAME: Halil Kanacevic recently went over 900 points for his career (counting one season at Hofstra) and now has 945. Kanacevic also has 852 career rebounds, counting the 250 he had during his freshman year at Hofstra, in addition to 319 assists.
LOOKING AHEAD: The Hawks play their final non-conference game of the year on Jan. 18 at The Palestra against city rival Penn. SJU then plays its third straight game in Philadelphia by hosting Rhode Island on Jan. 22.