The Saint Joseph's men's basketball team (13-6; 3-2 A-10) heads to Dayton (13-6; 1-4) for a Wednesday evening matchup at UD Arena. Game time is 7 p.m. and the game will be televised in Philadelphia on The Comcast Network, and in Ohio on WHIO.
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. Download the new SJUHawks app and upgrade to the premium app to listen to the game on your mobile device.
• Langston Galloway became SJU’s all-time leader in three-point field goals, breaking the mark of 294 held by Pat Carroll. Galloway now has 296.
• Halil Kanacevic needs six points to reach 1,000 for his career, which includes 282 points scored in his freshman year at Hofstra. He also needs six rebounds to total 900 in his four-year college career.
• The Hawks saw their four-game winning streak come to an end with the 77-62 loss at Richmond. Halil Kanacevic had 21 points and a career-high 19 rebounds while Langston Galloway scored 13. DeAndre’ Bembry added 11 points and Chris Wilson had 10.
• Saint Joseph’s has gone 5-2 in the month of January, and has posted a 9-2 record since a loss to Villanova on Dec. 7.
• SJU is looking to end an eight-game losing streak here in UD Arena.
• Next up is a stretch of three straight home games, beginning on Feb. 1 with a contest against #21/19 UMass.
LONG-DISTANCE LEADER: Langston Galloway is now Saint Joseph’s all-time leader in career three-pointers, as he broke the record at Richmond. Galloway hit three threes in the game to surpass Big 5 Hall of Fame inductee Pat Carroll (2001-05), who connected on 294 in his career.
MAGIC NUMBER: Halil Kanacevic needs just six points to reach 1,000 for his college career, as he tallied 282 in his freshman season at Hofstra. A total of 51 players in Hawk history have scored 1,000 points, with the most recent being Ronald Roberts earlier this year. When Kanacevic reaches 1,000, Saint Joseph’s will become one of six schools in the nation with three 1,000-point scorers currently in its starting lineup - Langston Galloway, Roberts, Kanacevic. The last time SJU had three 1,000-point scorers on the same squad was in 2007-08, with Pat Calathes, Rob Ferguson and Ahmad Nivins.
COOLING OFF: The frigid temperatures must be getting to the Hawks as they cooled off considerably last week from a four-game stretch in which they were converting 57.2 percent (114-199) from the field and 54.1 percent (46-85) from three-point range. Against Rhode Island, SJU made just 44.2 percent from the field and only 2-of-14 three-point field goals. In the loss at Richmond, the Hawks shot 26-for-70 (37.1 percent) and a dismal 6-for-22 from beyond the arc. One thing that’s been consistent is SJU’s season-long struggle from the foul line - the Hawks went 21-for-38 (55.3) vs. Rhode Island and 4-for-10 (40.0 percent) at Richmond.
STREAK ENDER: Despite the end of the four-game winning streak, Saint Joseph’s has still won nine of the last 11 games, posting a 5-2 record in January. SJU’s longest winning streak of the year was five games in December.
20-20: After just missing a triple-double at Penn, Halil Kanacevic was within one rebound of a 20-20 game at Richmond. The senior had 21 points and a career-high 19 rebounds in the loss. Classmate Langston Galloway has scored 20-plus points eight times this year, and 30 times in his career, which is one of the best numbers in the A-10.
TEN YEARS AFTER: It’s hard to believe but this season marks the 10th anniversary of Saint Joseph’s memorable 2003-04 season, in which the Hawks went 27-0 during the regular season, and 30-2 overall, earned a number-one seed in the NCAA Tournament and reached the Elite Eight, while coming within two points of a Final Four berth. Jameer Nelson and Phil Martelli were the consensus National Player of the Year and National Coach of the Year, respectively, while creating a season on Hawk Hill for the record books. That team will be honored at Saturday’s home game with UMass, with a few members in attendance.
BALANCED ATTACK: Four players are averaging double figures while the Hawks have had four double-figure scorers in nine of 19 games.
RIGHTING THE SHIP: After consecutive losses to city rivals Temple and Villanova (30-point loss) in early December, Saint Joseph’s has gone 9-2 and Phil Martelli credits the players for the turnaround. “These guys looked at each other and decided that if they kept coming every day and kept themselves tight, then good things would happen. It was all of them. Not one guy wavered. I would say the strength of this group is the group and that’s what they leaned on.”
TRIPLE PLAY: Halil Kanacevic just missed the rare triple-double against Penn, falling one point short. The senior had nine points, 15 rebounds and tied his career-high with 12 assists. The last time a Hawk achieved a triple-double was Dwayne Jones versus St. Bonaventure on Feb. 19, 2005, when he had 11 points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocks.
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 ranks second in the A-10 with 46.2 percent this year and 3.2 three-pointers made. He ranks eighth in the nation in three-point percentage and 21st in threes made per game.
LOOKING AHEAD: The Hawks begin a three-game homestand on Saturday, Feb. 1 against #21/19 Massachusetts for the second meeting of the teams this season. Saint Joseph’s will then host #19/21 Saint Louis on Feb. 5 and VCU on Feb. 8.