The Saint Joseph's men's basketball team (15-6; 5-2 A-10) will take on its second ranked opponent in as many games when it hosts #13/15 Saint Louis (20-2; 7-0 A-10) on Wednesday, February 5. Game time is 7 p.m. at Hagan Arena with the telecast on SportsNet New York and The Comcast Network.
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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.
• The Hawks defeated #21 Massachusetts, 73-68, behind 18 points from Halil Kanacevic and 17 from Ronald Roberts. SJU led by 16 points at halftime, but UMass tied it in the final minute. Chris Wilson hit a pair of free throws at :30 to put the Hawks up for good and SJU held on for the win. DeAndre’ Bembry scored 13 points and Wilson added 12 points.
• Saint Joseph’s went 6-2 in the month of January, and has posted an 11-2 record since a loss to Villanova on Dec. 7.
• Saint Joseph’s RPI is 53, up from 69 last week, and is the sixth best in the Atlantic 10.
• Tonight’s matchup between Saint Joseph’s and Saint Louis is part of the nationwide Jesuit Basketball Spotlight project, using Jesuit basketball to raise awareness of Jesuit education. Jesuit opponents on SJU’s schedule this year are: Creighton, Loyola-Md., Saint Louis and Fordham.
• SJU hosts VCU on Saturday, giving the Hawks consecutive games against two of the top teams in the A-10.
REPEAT HONOREE: Halil Kanacevic was named the Philadelphia Big 5 Co-Player of the Week for February 3. It marks the third time this season that he’s earned the Big 5 honor. The forward averaged 13.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists and shot 55 percent from the field (11-for-20) from the field in the Hawks’ 2-0 week. Kanacevic had a team-high 18 points in the 73-68 upset of #21 Massachusetts, while adding six rebounds and five assists. He shot 7-for-11 from the field and went 3-for-3 from the foul line. In the Hawks’ last-second 60-57 win at Dayton, Kanacevic had eight points along with a team-high 11 rebounds and two blocked shots, connecting on 4-of-9 field goal attempts. He also surpassed 1,000 points and 900 rebounds for his career in that game, a total which includes his freshman season at Hofstra.
HAWKS VS. THE TOP 25: The win over #21 UMass was Saint Joseph’s first win over a ranked opponent this season and the first since an overtime win over #20 Notre Dame on Nov. 16, 2012. It was the first Top 25 win at Hagan Arena since an 82-72 win over #22 Temple on Feb. 25, 2012. SJU owns a 4-6 record against ranked teams in the last three years, counting this season.
LONG TIME COMING: The last time Saint Joseph’s beat a ranked opponent in back-to-back games was March 2, 1966 and March 7, 1966, when the Hawks defeated #8 Providence twice. The seventh-ranked Hawks hosted the Friars at The Palestra in the final regular season game on March 2, and came away with an 86-67 win. The teams then met in the NCAA First Round in Blacksburg, Va., and SJU scored a 65-48 victory.
AVOIDING THE WHISTLE: The Hawks have done a good job limiting their fouls this season and actually rank ninth in the nation with the fewest fouls per game (15.9). SJU’s total of 334 personal fouls also ranks as the 13th best. Phil Martelli pointed out that Halil Kanacevic has done a good job lately in limiting his fouls and that’s allowed the senior to stay on the court. Kanacevic, who is averaging 3.6 per game, has played all 40 minutes in five games this year and in the last three in a row.
BALANCED ATTACK: A testament to the Hawks’ balance came when SJU led #21 UMass by 16 points at halftime and leading scorer Langston Galloway didn’t have a point. The senior played just 12 minutes in the first half as he was saddled with two fouls. All five Saint Joseph’s starters are now averaging double figures, led by Galloway at 16.9 ppg. The Hawks have had four players score in double figures in 11 of 21 games this season.
START IT OVER: Langston Galloway saw his 16-game streak of double-figure scoring come to an end vs. UMass when he finished with seven points. The senior has tallied double figures in 89 of the 120 games of his career and in all but two games this season.
ALL-AROUND GUY: Halil Kanacevic is the only player to wear the Saint Joseph’s uniform and amass over 1,000 points, 900 rebounds and 300 assists in his collegiate career. He currently has 1,020 points, 912 boards and 350 assists, totals which include his freshman at Hofstra.
LATE-GAME HEROICS: Langston Galloway banked in a three-pointer with 1.8 seconds to play to give the Hawks a 60-57 win at Dayton. It was the first game-winning shot of his SJU career.
HOLDING ON: Against UMass, Saint Joseph’s shot 44.8 percent from the field and 62.5 percent from three-point range in the first half and held a 17-point lead with a minute to play. Up 41-25 at halftime, the Hawks cooled off and made just 1-of-5 from behind the arc and 36.4 percent from the field, allowing UMass to climb back into the game and tie it with 1:23 to play. Struggling from the foul line all year, the Hawks ironically won the game by making 6-of-8 free throws down the stretch, led by two from Chris Wilson and two from Papa Ndao.
IRON MEN: The Hawks’ starters have logged a lot of minutes during A-10 play, with four of them averaging over 35 minutes per game. Halil Kanacevic leads the way with 36.3 and ranks second in the league in A-10 games only, while Chris Wilson is fifth with 35.4 minutes, Langston Galloway is sixth with a 35.3 average and DeAndre’ Bembry ranks sixth at 35.1. Galloway leads the squad in overall minutes per game with 34.4, a number that ranks sixth in the Atlantic 10.
LOOKING AHEAD: The Hawks conclude the three-game homestand against VCU on Saturday night. After a bye next Wednesday (2/12), Saint Joseph’s will visit city rival La Salle at Gola Arena on Feb. 15.