PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's (15-7; 5-3 A-10) will close out its three-game homestand when it hosts VCU (19-4; 7-1) on Saturday evening, February 8, at Hagan Arena at 8 p.m. The game wil be nationally-televised on the CBS Sports Network.
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.
Due to the CBS television broadcast, video streaming of the game will not be available.
Members of the SJU student group Hawks Versus Cancer will be collecting donations and selling items prior and during Saturday's game. Among the items being sold are t-shirts, wristbands and shoelaces with proceeds going to Team BAMit in memory of Margo Mallory Ambler, sister of former women's soccer student-athlete Taylor Mallory '13.
• Saint Joseph’s were defeated by #13/15 Saint Louis on Wednesday, 65-49. Ronald Roberts, Jr. was the only Hawk in double figures with 19 points.
• Langston Galloway leads the Hawks in scoring with 16.2 points per game. Halil Kanacevic tops the team in rebounds (8.7) and assists (4.3), while Ronald Roberts leads the team in field goal percentage (56.4).
• Saint Joseph’s went 6-2 in the month of January, and has posted an 11-3 record since a loss to Villanova on Dec. 7.
• At the start of the week, Saint Joseph’s RPI was 53 and the sixth best in the Atlantic 10.
• SJU gets a rare Wednesday off this week before visiting city rival La Salle on Saturday, Feb. 15, for the first of two meetings. It will be the first meeting in Gola Arena since March 2001.
FROZEN: Either the ice storm or the Saint Louis defense froze the Hawks’ offense on Wednesday in the 65-49 loss to the Billikens. Saint Joseph’s shot just 27.3 percent in the first half, and just 31.9 percent in the game. The Hawks had their worst effort of the season from the three-point line, going just 1-for-15.
MOVING ON UP: Langston Galloway has moved up to fifth place on the Hawks’ all-time scoring list with 1,746 points and is just 43 points out of fourth place and Ahmad NIvins’ total of 1,789. The senior has already passed Hawk greats such as Mike Bantom, Maurice Martin, Norman Black, Clifford Anderson and Tony Costner.
AT THE LINE: Saint Joseph’s has been consistent in its struggles from the foul line and Phil Martelli has tried everything to fix the problem - “We’ve done competitions. We’ve talked about it. We haven’t talked about it. We shoot a lot of them. We don’t shoot any. It’s contagious, that’s for sure.” The Hawks are shooting 62.7 percent on the season and have shot under 60 percent 10 times, which includes a 40.0 percent effort at Richmond and a 35.7 percent performance at home against Duquesne.
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 now owns a 4-7 record against ranked teams in the last three years, counting this season.
FROZEN, PART 2: The Hawks’ shooting percentages have certainly cooled off in the past five games. Heading into the Rhode Island contest (Jan. 22), Saint Joseph’s was converting 48.2 from the field and 41.4 percent from three-point range. In the past five games, including that one, SJU is hitting just 39.8 percent (102-256) of its field-goal attempts and 25.9 percent (21-81) of its three-point attempts, including season-worst 1-for-15 effort against Saint Louis. Saint Joseph’s has a 3-2 record during this stretch.
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. Four of five Saint Joseph’s starters are now averaging double figures, led by Galloway at 16.2 ppg. The Hawks have had four players score in double figures in 11 of 22 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. He then had six points vs. Saint Louis to give him back-to-back games without double figures. The last time that happened was late last season, and the most consecutive games he has gone without double figures was a three-game streak in January, 2013. The senior has tallied double figures in 89 of the 121 games of his career and in all but three 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 1,029 points, 921 boards and 352 assists, totals which include his freshman at Hofstra.
JOIN THE CLUB: Ronald Roberts, Jr. became the 51st Hawk to score 1,000 points vs. LSU on November 28. He now has 1,224 points rank 34th on the Hawks’ all-time list and needs 12 points to pass Delonte West.
LOOKING AHEAD: The Hawks get a rare Wednesday off and remain in Philadelphia to visit city rival La Salle at Gola Arena on Feb. 15. SJU then goes on the road to Rhode Island on Feb. 19 for the second meeting of the year with the Rams.