Saint Joseph's (21-7; 11-3 A-10) will put its six-game winning streak to the test when it visits George Washingon (21-7; 9-5) on Wednesday evening at the Smith Center. The game will tip off at 9 p.m. and it will be televised on SportsNet NY; Comcast SportsNet (Pa.) and Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic.
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• Saint Joseph’s won at St. Bonaventure, 83-74, behind a team-high 27 points and eight rebounds from Langston Galloway. DeAndre’ Bembry added 18 points while Ronald Roberts had 15 and Isaiah Miles chipped in with 11. Halil Kanacevic had five blocks, all in the first half.
• Saint Joseph’s has gone 17-3 since a loss to #14 Villanova on Dec. 7 and has won six in a row and eight of the last nine. The six-game winning streak is the longest since a seven-game streak in 2008-09.
• Saint Joseph’s RPI is 34 and is the fifth best in the Atlantic 10.
• The Hawks’ 21 wins are the most since the 2007-08 team won 21 games and reached the NCAA Tournament. The 21-7 record is the highest winning percentage through 28 games since the 2003-04 team was 27-1. Saint Joseph’s 11-3 A-10 record is the best since 2004-05 (14-2).
• SJU leads the A-10 in 3-point percentage in all games (38.8) and in field goal percentage (48.4) in conference games.
• The Hawks close out the regular season at home against La Salle on March 9.
ON A ROLL: Saint Joseph’s has won 17 of its last 20 games, posting a 6-2 record in January and a 6-1 mark in February. SJU’s current six-game winning streak is the longest since a seven-game streak in 2008-09.
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 (12) since 2004-05 (14)
• would give the Hawks their most victories (22) since 2003-04 (30)
• would give the Hawks a 7-game winning streak, the longest since a
7-game streak in 2008-09
BYE BYE: The Hawks are currently in second place in the Atlantic 10 and are seeking their first bye in the conference tournament since 2004-05. If SJU finishes in the top four, it will be the highest league finish for the Hawks since 2004-05 when they placed first in the East Division.
TWO-FOR-TWO: Ronald Roberts, Jr. was named both the Atlantic 10 Co-Player of the Week and the Philadelphia Big 5 Player of the Week for March 3. It is his second weekly honor of the year for both leagues, and the third of his career for both. Roberts averaged 18.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in the Hawks’ 2-0 week which ran their winning streak to six games. The senior shot 78.9 percent (15-19) from the field and 58.3 percent (7-for-12) from the foul line. He scored a game-high 22 points in the Hawks’ 79-53 win over Dayton, while hitting 8-for-11 from the field and 6-for-10 from the foul line. He then had 15 points in SJU’s 83-74 win over St. Bonaventure, hitting 7-of-8 field goal attempts while grabbing six rebounds and blocking two shots.
STEPPING UP: The Hawks showed their balance again at St. Bonaventure, earning the win even though starter Halil Kanacevic was saddled with foul trouble and played just 19 minutes. Langston Galloway led the way again with 27 points, but the Hawks got a boost off the bench from sophomore Isaiah Miles, who scored 11 points. DeAndre’ Bembry (18 pts) and Ronald Roberts (15 pts) also paced the Hawks, who shot an impressive 63.6 percent from the field in the game.
FOUL BALL: The Hawks hae done a good job limiting their fouls but were whistled for 21 at St. Bonaventure, well above their average of 15.5 per game. Halil Kanacevic picked up his fourth early in the second half and played just five minutes in the second half. Ronald Roberts also fouled out late in the game, but not before hitting 7-of-8 field goals and finishing with 15 points.
EASY POINTS: The Hawks have had their struggles from the foul line this year, shooting 64.9 percent. But SJU has gotten to the line 164 more times than its opponents. And despite the shooting percentage, the Hawks have still made 86 more free throws than their foes.
ROAD WARRIORS: Saint Joseph’s owns an 8-3 record on the road this year, which is the most road wins since 2007-08, when that squad went 9-6.
STRAIGHT SHOOTERS: Halil Kanacevic and Ronald Roberts rank first and second, respectively in the A-10 for field goal percentage in league games. Kanacevic is hitting 60.6 percent while Roberts is converting 59.8 percent.
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 close out the regular season at home on March 9 against La Salle.