Saint Joseph's (21-8; 11-4 A-10; 1-2 Big 5 ) will honor its senior players and managers prior to taking on La Salle (14-15; 6-9; 2-1) in the regular-season finale at sold-out Hagan Arena on Sunday, March 9 at 4 p.m. The game will be televised nationally on the CBS Sports Network.
SJU's seniors - Langston Galloway, Halil Kanacevic, Colin Kelly, Daryus Quarles and Ronald Roberts, Jr. - will be honored in a ceremony beginning at approximately 3:45 p.m.
Due to the CBS SN broadcast, video streaming of the game will not be available.
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 saw its six-game winning streak come to an end at George Washington, 76-71. DeAndre’ Bembry recorded career-highs of 22 points and eight assists in a losing cause.
• The Hawks’ seniors will be honored in a pre-game ceremony for their final home game. (more on page 4)
• SJU has gone 17-4 since a loss to #14 Villanova on Dec. 7 and has won six of the last seven games.
• Saint Joseph’s RPI is 35 and is the fifth best in the Atlantic 10. The Hawks received 19 votes in the AP Poll this week and three in the USA Today Coaches Poll.
• The Hawks’ 21 wins are the most since the 2007-08 team won 21 games and reached the NCAA Tournament. Saint Joseph’s 11-4 A-10 record is the best since 2004-05 (14-2).
• SJU leads the A-10 in 3-point percentage in all games (38.5) and in field goal percentage (47.3) in conference games.
LAST TIME VS. LA SALLE: Playing at Tom Gola Arena for the first time in nearly 13 years, Saint Joseph's defeated La Salle, 75-64, on February 15. 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. (Full recap on pg. 25)
LET’S GO AGAIN: This is the second meeting of the teams this year, with this game designated as the Big 5 contest. It marks the first time since 2002-03 that the teams will have played twice in one season. This is the fifth all-time meeting on SJU’s campus, with the Hawks holding a 3-1 edge. The teams last played here on March 6, 2010, with SJU scoring a 74-59 victory.
KEY TO THE CITY: The Hawks are 1-2 in the Big 5 heading into this City Series game after losing to Temple and Villanova thus far. SJU has won 20 Big 5 titles (9 outright/11 shared), which is third all-time to Temple’s 27 titles (6/21 shared). This year, the Big 5 title was clinched by Villanova. In all games against Philadelphia teams this season, SJU is 3-2, with one win over La Salle already, as well as wins over Penn and Drexel. The Hawks lost to Temple and Villanova in the same week in December.
ON A ROLL: Saint Joseph’s has won 17 of its last 21 games, posting a 6-2 record in January and a 6-1 mark in February. SJU’s six-game winning streak that just ended was 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.
BYE BYE: The Hawks are currently in a tie for 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.
A WIN TONIGHT... :
• would give SJU its most victories (22) since 2003-04 (30)
• would give SJU its most A-10 wins (12) since 2004-05 (14)
• would give SJU its most home wins on campus (12) since 1951-52 (15)
NO PLACE LIKE HOME: SJU is 11-3 in Hagan Arena this season, the best record since the Hawks went 11-4 in 2011-12. If the Hawks win today, it would mark the first victories at home (on campus) since the 1951-52 season when coach Bill Ferguson’s team went 15-1.
SENIOR SENDOFF: Prior to the game, the Hawks will be honoring five senior players - Langston Galloway, Halil Kanacevic, Colin Kelly, Daryus Quarles and Ronald Roberts, Jr. - along with managers Julianne Capron, Brigid Klarich, John O’Brien and Hawk mascot Ian Klinger. Kelly is a three-year member of the team as a walk-on and was SJU’s “Unsung Hero” in 2012. Quarles has played in 113 career games as both a starter and a reserve. Galloway, Kanacevic and Roberts comprise one of the most productive trios in school history. Their combined numbers at SJU are: 4,008 points, 2,106 points, 727 assists and 321 blocks. Here are their individual numbers and where they rank in SJU history:
• Galloway: 1,871 pts (3rd); 583 rebs (33rd); 287 asts; 166 stls; 319 3FG (1st)
• Kanacevic*: 805 pts; 706 rebs; 347 asts; 148 blks (6th)
• Roberts: 1,332 pts (25th); 817 rebs (17th); 109 blks (8th); 56.7 FG% (2nd)
* SJU totals only - not counting freshman season at Hofstra
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.
LOOKING AHEAD: The Hawks await their seeding and next opponent in the 2014 Atlantic 10 Championship, which takes place from March 12 to 16 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.