The Saint Joseph's men's basketball team (17-7; 7-3 A-10) will take on Rhode Island (11-14; 2-8) on Wednesday, February 19 at the Ryan Center. Game time is 7 p.m. with the broadcast on Comcast SportsNet in Philadelphia and the Ocean State Network in New England.
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.
• Saint Joseph’s had all five starters in double figures en route to a 75-64 win over city rival La Salle on Saturday. Langston Galloway, the Big 5 Player of the Week, scored 18 points while DeAndre’ Bembry scored 16 points.
• Saint Joseph’s has posted a 13-3 record since a loss to Villanova on Dec. 7 and has won two in a row and four of the last five.
• Tonight marks the 600th game of Phil Martelli’s head coaching career.
• Saint Joseph’s current RPI is 43rd and is the sixth best in the Atlantic 10.
• Langston Galloway needs just two points to move into fourth place on the Hawks’ all-time scoring list.
• The Hawks’ 17-7 record is the best at this point since a 16-8 mark in 2007-08, which was the last time SJU reached the NCAA Tournament. SJU’s 7-3 A-10 record is the best since the 2008-09 squad had the same mark at this point of the season.
• The Hawks will play the “Rams” again on Saturday when SJU hosts Fordham.
LAST TIME OUT: Playing at Tom Gola Arena for the first time in nearly 13 years, Saint Joseph's defeated 75-64 crosstown rival La Salle. All five SJU starters finished in double figures, led by Langston Galloway's 18 points.After going scoreless in the first half, DeAndre' Bembry made 5-of-7 from the floor in the second to finish with 16 points. Ronald Roberts added 15 points, while Halil Kanacevic and Chris Wilson chipped in with 10 points apiece.
THE 600 CLUB: Tonight’s game is the 600th game of Phil Martelli’s head coaching career. Martelli has posted a school-record 355 wins in 19 seasons at Saint Joseph’s.
BIG MAN ON CAMPUS: Saint Joseph's senior Langston Galloway has been named the Philadelphia Big 5 Player of the Week for Feb. 17. It is the second time this season that he has earned the honor and the sixth time in his career. The guard led a balanced effort by Saint Joseph's in the 75-64 win over Atlantic 10 and city rival La Salle. He scored a game-high 18 points, with 10 in the first half, while hitting 5-of-12 from the field and grabbing four rebounds. Galloway went 6-for-6 from the foul line, with 4-of-4 in the last minute of play to seal the win.
SENSE OF BALANCE: The Hawks had their most balanced game of the year at La Salle as all five starters scored double figures for the first time this season. The Hawks also shot 49 percent from the field and went a season-best 81.8 percent from the foul line. SJU also committed just eight turnovers while forcing La Salle into 13.
ALL-TIME HAWK: Langston Galloway is now just one point away from fourth place on the Hawks’ all-time scoring list. He has 1,788 points, just behind 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.
BOUNCING BACK: Langston Galloway snapped out of a “slump” in which he had two consecutive games under double figures to score 24 points and lead SJU to the 69-62 win over VCU. The senior shot 8-for-14 from the field and went 5-for-6 from the foul line. He has scored 20-plus points 31 times in his career and has hit for double figures 91 times in 123 career games.
OTHER DUTIES AS ASSIGNED: DeAndre’ Bembry has often been called on to guard the opponents’ top scorer. Bembry drew the assignment of Tyreek Duren at La Salle and although Duren scored the Explorers’ first eight points of the game, the Hawks’ freshman shut him down the rest of the way, allowing him just seven more points.
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 1,046 points, 937 boards and 365 assists, totals which include his freshman year at Hofstra.
BIG-TIME BEMBRY: DeAndre’ Bembry had a big-time game in Saint Joseph’s win over VCU. The Hawks used the freshman to bring the ball upcourt against VCU’s pressure and he scored 18 points on 8-for-13 shooting while grabbing six rebounds. Among the plays on his highlight reel were a three-pointer near the end of the first half that gave SJU a 10-point lead, and a lob pass to Ronald Roberts for an alley oop dunk that pushed the Hawks’ lead to 13 points with 5:56 to play. He also had a solid game at La Salle, scoring 16 second-half points after going scoreless in the first half.
ONE OF A KIND: Halil Kanacevic is a unique player and he’s one of a few in the country to lead his team in rebounds (8.6), assists (4.5), blocks (1.4) and steals (1.1). Stephen Madison of Idaho leads his team in those four categories plus points while Jerrelle Benimon of Towson is his team’s leader in rebounds, assists and blocks.
SENIOR MOMENTS: Phil Martelli has repeatedly praised this group of players for their character on and off the court. And he’s singled out the seniors for leading the way. After the win over La Salle, Martelli said, “Seniors, seniors. They have been special since the summer when we were preparing for Italy. They were great on that trip and they've been great every practice. When I looked at the stat sheet at halftime, I thought that the seniors are taking us here.”
LOOKING AHEAD: Saint Joseph’s has a pair of home games on tap - against Fordham on Feb. 22 and Dayton on Feb. 25. The Hawks then go on the road for two straight - at St. Bonaventure and at GW - before closing out the regular season by hosting La Salle on March 9.