Saint Joseph's (20-7; 10-3 A-10) will look for its sixth consecutive win when it visits St. Bonaventure (16-12; 6-8) on Saturday at the Reilly Center. Game time is 3 p.m. with the national broadcast on the NBC 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.
• Saint Joseph’s won its fifth straight in one of its most complete games of the season, defeating Dayton, 79-53. Ronald Roberts had 22 points and Chris Wilson had a career-high 20 points on a perfect shooting night.
• Saint Joseph’s has gone 16-3 since a loss to #14 Villanova on Dec. 7 and has won five in a row and seven of the last eight. The five-game winning streak ties the longest of the season.
• Saint Joseph’s RPI is 38, up from 43 last week, and is the fifth best in the Atlantic 10.
• The Hawks’ 20 wins are the most since the 2007-08 team won 21 games and reached the NCAA Tournament. The 20-7 record is the highest winning percentage through 26 games since the 2003-04 team was 27-0. Saint Joseph’s 10-3 A-10 record is the best since 2004-05 (14-2)
• Langston Galloway needs 12 points to move into 3rd place on SJU’s all-time scoring list.
• SJU leads the A-10 in 3-point percentage in all games (39.0) and in field goal percentage (48.0) in conference games.
• The Hawks travel to GW on Wednesday and close out the regular season at home against La Salle on March 9.
ON A ROLL: Saint Joseph’s has won 16 of its last 19 games, posting a 6-2 record in January and a 6-1 mark in February. SJU’s current five-game winning streak matches the longest of the season, from December.
20-20: The Hawks are in the midst of their first 20-win season since 2007-08 when SJU went 21-13 and reached the NCAA Tournament. Phil Martelli has guided the Hawks to 20-plus wins eight times in his career.
A WIN TONIGHT... :
• would give the Hawks their most A-10 wins (11) since 2004-05 (14)
• would give the Hawks their most victories (21) since 2007-08 (21)
• would give the Hawks a 6-game winning streak, the longest of the year
and the longest since a 7-game streak in 2008-09
CAN’T MISS CHRIS: Chris Wilson converted all eight field goal attempts, including three three-pointers, in the Hawks’ dominating win over Dayton. The junior point guard scored 11 points in the first half on 5-for-5 shooting, and then finished the game with a career-high 20 points. It ranked up there with some of the other “perfect” shooting games in Hawk history - the last one prior to Wilson’s effort was Delonte West’s 12-for-12 performance at Xavier on Jan. 17, 2004.
DOMINATING DUO: Ronald Roberts and Chris Wilson combined for 42 points on 16-for-19 shooting against Dayton. The duo had the same amount of points as Dayton did with over four minutes to play - but the Flyers were shooting 16-for-56 from the field as a team.
THE COMPLETE GAME: The Hawks put together one of their most complete games in the 79-53 win over Dayton, snapping the Flyers’ six-game winning streak. SJU jumped out to an 8-0 lead and was up by double digits with less than seven minutes gone by. Among the key stats of the game were:
• SJU FG%- 58.3; Dayton FG%- 31.7
• SJU 3FG%- 60.0; Dayton 3FG%- 22.7
• 8 turnovers by SJU; 11 by Dayton
• 19 assists on 28 field goals by SJU; 8 assists on 20 field goals by Dayton
• 39 first-half pts by SJU; 20 first-half pts by Dayton
RAINING THREES: Langston Galloway put on another long-range shooting exhibition vs. Fordham as he set the school record with 10 three-pointers en route to scoring a career-high 33 points. The senior made 3-of-5 in the first half and 7-of-10 in the second half, to hit 66.7 percent (10-of-15) in the game. The previous SJU record was nine by Brian Leahy vs. Duquesne on Jan. 17, 1988. Galloway scored 24 points in the second half, which matched his career best set earlier this season against Duquesne. In that game, the senior connected on 9-of-11 shots in the half, including 6-of-7 three-pointers to score 24 points in 19 minutes.
FOUR TO SCORE: Langston Galloway is just 11 points out of third place on SJU’s all-time scoring list behind Carl Jones’ total of 1,845. With 1,834 points, he averages 14.5 per game.
DOING IT ALL: Halil Kanacevic fills the boxscore unlike any other player.
In the recent win over Dayton, he had 10 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and four blocked shots. He had a double-double against Creighton with 10 rebounds and 10 assists, which was the first of his career in those categories. That came after a 12-point, 11-rebound, 8-assist effort in the win over Marist. Then there was the career game - 27 points, 14 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks - in the win over Drexel. Against #19 UMass, the senior had 19 points, 13 rebounds and six assists. Phil Martelli has called the senior the team’s “most indispensable player”.
STREAK STATS: The Hawks have put up some impressive numbers in the current five-game winning streak. Langston Galloway is averaging 17.6 ppg during the streak, while Ronald Roberts is averaging 15.4 points and 7.6 rebounds and DeAndre’ Bembry is scoring 14.2 ppg.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK: The Atlantic 10 Championship will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn from March 12 to 16. The championship game is set for March 16 at 1 p.m. with the telecast on CBS.
LOOKING AHEAD: The Hawks play their second straight road game when they visit George Washington on Wednesday, and then close out the regular season at home on March 9 against La Salle.