The Saint Joseph's men's basketball team (18-7; 9-3 A-10) will seek its fourth straight win when it hosts Fordham (9-15; 2-9) in a rare afternoon game on Saturday, February 22. Game time is 2 p.m. at Hagan Arena.
The game will not be televised but 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.
• Saint Joseph’s came from 10 points down to defeat Rhode Island, 57-54. Ronald Roberts, Jr. had 18 points while Halil Kanacevic and DeAndre’ Bembry had 12 apiece.
• Saint Joseph’s has posted a 14-3 record since a loss to Villanova on Dec. 7 and has won three in a row and five of the last six.
• Phil Martelli coached his 600th career game against Rhode Island; today will be his 300th Atlantic 10 game.
• Saint Joseph’s current RPI is 43rd and is the sixth best in the Atlantic 10.
• The Hawks’ 18-7 record is the highest winning percentage through 25 games since the 2003-04 team was 25-0. Saint Joseph’s 9-3 A-10 record is the best since 2007-08, which is the last time SJU reached the NCAA Tournament.
• Today’s matchup between Saint Joseph’s and Fordham is part of the nationwide Jesuit Basketball Spotlight project, using Jesuit basketball to raise awareness of Jesuit education. (more on pg. 11)
THE 600 CLUB: The win at Rhode Island was the 600th game of Phil Martelli’s head coaching career. Martelli has posted a school-record 356 wins in 19 seasons at Saint Joseph’s. Today’s game will be his 300th Atlantic 10 contest coached.
A WIN TODAY... :
• would give the Hawks their most A-10 wins (10) since 2004-05 (14)
• would give the Hawks their most victories (19) since 2007-08 (21)
SHOOTING FOR 20: The Hawks are seeking their first 20-plus win season since 2007-08 when SJU went 21-13 and reached the NCAA Tournament. Phil Martelli has guided the Hawks to 20 wins seven times in his career.
COMEBACK KIDS: The Hawks fought back from a 10-point deficit at Rhode Island to score the 57-54 win. Ronald Roberts helped pace the win with 11 of his 18 points in the second half. Trailing by 10 at 14:27, the Hawks went on a 9-0 run and tied the game on a three-point play by Roberts at 9:57. The Hawks went up by 53-48 on a three-pointer by Papa Ndao and eventually sealed the win on a layup by Halil Kanacevic with 34 seconds to go. After shooting just 35.7 percent from the field and making 1-of-10 from three-point range in the first half, the Hawks hit 12-of-21 shots and 3-of-6 three-point attempts in the second half. It was the second biggest deficit overcome for victory this season.
BIG MAN ON CAMPUS: Saint Joseph's senior Langston Galloway was named the Philadelphia Big 5 Player of the Week for Feb. 17. It was 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 turnovers.
FOUR TO SCORE: Langston Galloway moved into fourth place on SJU’s all-time scoring list with 1,794 points, surpassing Ahmad Nivins. Galloway is now 51 points from third place and Carl Jones’ total of 1,845. The senior has already passed Hawk greats such as Mike Bantom, Maurice Martin, Norman Black, Clifford Anderson and Tony Costner.
RALLY CAPS: The Hawks have won nine games in which they trailed at some point of the second half - Vermont, Washington State, Drexel, Boston University, Denver, George Mason, Rhode Island (two games) and Dayton.
FOUL BALL: As one of the teams in the nation with the fewest personal fouls per game, the Hawks faced a different situation at Rhode Island on Feb. 19. DeAndre’ Bembry picked up his second foul at 15:27 of the first half and sat the rest of the half. Halil Kanacevic was whistled for his second with over six minutes left in the first half and then he and Bembry picked up their third fouls in the first six minutes of the second half. Kanacevic got his fourth with over 10 minutes to play in the second half, but stayed in the rest of the game. Ronald Roberts had four fouls with over six minutes remaining, but finished the contest playing all 40 minutes. Bembry was whistled for his fourth at 5:32 of the second half, but finished out the game.
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. That happened again at Rhode Island when Galloway went scoreless in the first half and finished the game with six points. Ronald Roberts picked up the slack, scoring 18 points, while DeAndre’ Bembry and Halil Kanacevic scored 12 apiece. Four of five Saint Joseph’s starters are now averaging double figures, led by Galloway at 16.6 ppg. The Hawks have had four players score in double figures in 12 of 25 games and all five starters score double figures once (at La Salle).
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 most consecutive games he has gone without double figures was a three-game streak in January, 2013. He has tallied double figures in 91 of the 124 games of his career and in all but four games this season.
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 the La Salle star just seven more points.
LOOKING AHEAD: Saint Joseph’s hosts Dayton in a rare Tuesday evening game on Feb. 25 and then goes on the road for a pair - at St. Bonaventure on March 1 and at George Washington on March 5. The Hawks close out the regular season at home on March 9 against La Salle.