The Saint Joseph's men's basketball team will take on Penn in a Big 5 matchup on Saturday night at The Palestra. Game time from the historic building 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 Palestra will be featured on Saturday morning as ESPN's "College Gameday" will take place from there beginning at 10 a.m. in advance of the La Salle-Temple game at noon.

GAME NOTES

• Saint Joseph’s has won two in a row and seven of the last eight. The only two losses in the past nine games have been to ranked teams (Villanova, Massachusetts).
• The Hawks defeated Duquesne, 84-75, as Langston Galloway scored 24 of his 26 points in the first half. Chris Wilson added 16 points as the Hawks shot 64.6 percent from the field.
• Senior Ronald Roberts, Jr., and sophomore Isaiah Miles could return to action today. Roberts missed the last two contests with back spasms and Miles sat out three games after suffering a concussion on Jan. 4. Both players returned to practice on Thursday.
• Langston Galloway needs nine three-point field goals to become the Hawks’ all-time leader.
• The next SJU victory will be the 350th win of coach Phil Martelli’s 19-year career.
• The Hawks return to Hagan Arena on Wednesday and host Rhode Island in the first of two meetings this year.

LAST TIME OUT: Langston Galloway scored 24 of his 26 points in the first half as Saint Joseph's staked a 30-point lead and cruised to an 84-75 win over Duquesne. The Hawks put on an offensive display in the first half, shooting 71.4 percent from the field (20-of-28), and making 12-of-18 three-pointers en route to a 52-20 halftime lead. Galloway connected on 9-of-11 from the field and made 6-of-7 from three-point range for the highest single-half point total of his career. Chris Wilson added 16 points in the contest, making 4-of-6 three-pointers, and handed out a team-high eight assists for the Hawks. Papa Ndao, who made his second straight start, grabbed a team-high seven rebounds. SJU scored the first 12 points of the game and never looked back, holding Duquesne scoreless for the first six minutes. By the 12:15 mark, Saint Joseph's owned a 20-5 lead and four minutes later, was up by a score of 34-9. Galloway's sixth three-pointer gave SJU its biggest lead of the game, 48-11, with 3:23 remaining.  The Hawks cooled off a bit in the second half, shooting 55 percent, but still maintained a 30-plus point margin until the final four minutes. With SJU leading 82-50, Duquesne outscored the Hawks' reserves, 25-2, during that stretch to provide the final margin. The Hawks were without starter Ronald Roberts, Jr. (back spasms) for the second straight game and without sixth man Isaiah Miles (concussion) for the third game in a row.

PERSONNEL UPDATE: Ronald Roberts, Jr., could make his return to the starting lineup after missing the past two games with back spasms suffered at UMass. Papa Ndao made the past two starts in Roberts’ absence. Sixth man Isaiah Miles may also be available to play after missing three games due to a concussion suffered in the Denver game on Jan. 4.  Both players returned to practice on Jan. 16.

KEY TO THE CITY: The Hawks are 0-2 in the Big 5 heading into this City Series game after losing to Temple and Villanova thus far. Saint Joseph’s will close out Big 5 play by hosting La Salle on March 9 at Hagan Arena. SJU has won 20 Big 5 titles (9 outright/11 shared), which is third all-time to Temple’s 27 titles (6/21 shared).

HOME AWAY FROM HOME: This is the only game Saint Joseph’s will be playing at The Palestra this season. SJU has compiled a 333-164 record (.670) over 60 years of play in the building. It also marks the first season since 1991-92 that the Hawks have not played at least one “home” game in the historic arena.

LIGHTS OUT LANGSTON: Langston Galloway had the best offensive half of his career when he scored 24 points in the first half against Duquesne, as the Hawks built up a 30-point lead. The senior connected on 9-of-11 shots in the half, including 6-of-7 three-pointers to score 24 points in 19 minutes. He played just nine minutes the rest of the way as the Hawks held a comfortable lead.

PADDING THE STATS: SJU’s offensive performance vs. Duquesne boosted the Hawks’ stats and moved them up in the A-10 rankings in a number of categories. Saint Joseph’s now leads the conference in the following - field goal percentage; 3-pt. field goal percentage; 3-pt. field goals made; rebounding margin; and defensive rebounds. SJU leads the league in A-10 games in - scoring; field goal percentage; 3-pt. field goal percentage; 3-pt. field goals made; rebounding defense; and assists.

TAKING SHOTS: The Hawks scored 84 points on just 48 shots against Duquesne, with the point total obviously helped by a season-high 17 three-point field goals. But the amount of shots the Hawks have taken concerns Phil Martelli as he feels the team needs to take a least 60 shots per game. SJU has taken less than 50 shots in the past four games, with an average of 48 per game.

LONG-DISTANCE SERVICE: Langston Galloway is eight three-pointers behind the Hawks’ all-time leader, Pat Carroll (2001-05), who connected on 294. Galloway’s in fine company on the list, having surpassed Hawk greats Jameer Nelson and Marvin O’Connor.  

GAME OF THREES: The Hawks have put on a few long-range shooting shows this season, most recently with a season-best 17-for-27 (63.0 percent) effort in the win over Duquesne. It marked the most three-pointers made since a school-record 20 by the Hawks against Temple in the 2003-04 season. SJU has also hit 14 three-pointers in a game twice this year, against Binghamton and Creighton.

LOOKING AHEAD: SJU plays its third straight game in Philadelphia by hosting Rhode Island on Jan. 22. The Hawks then go on the road for two consecutive games - at Richmond on Jan. 25 and at Dayton on Jan. 29.

 

 

 

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