Due to last week's equipment failure with the streaming of the FDU game, the video of streaming will be offered free of charge through the A-10 Digital Network.
The game will be broadcast on Sports Radio 610 AM (WIP) with Matt Martucci and Joe Lunardi calling the action, with free audio streaming available on SJUHawks.com. Download the SJUHawks app and upgrade to the premium app to listen to the game on your mobile device.
• Saint Joseph’s is looking to bounce back from a 94-42 loss to #13 Gonzaga in the NIT Season Tip-Off. Aaron Brown was the only Hawk in double figures with a season-high 14 points.
• Saint Joseph’s is in the midst of a stretch of six games in 13 days, which included a cross-country trip to #13 Gonzaga earlier this week.
• The Hawks continue play in the NIT Season Tip-Off on Tuesday when they host LIU Brooklyn at 7 p.m. SJU will play on Thanksgiving for the second year in a row when it concludes the NIT against Western Kentucky at Madison Square Garden.
• The Hawks return two starters - DeAndre’ Bembry and Chris Wilson - from last year’s Atlantic 10 Champion team. Bembry, a Preseason A-10 All-Conference First Team selection, is the team’s leading returning scorer after averaging 12.1 points last season.
• Phil Martelli is in his 20th season as the head coach of the Hawks. He is the school’s all-time leader in victories with 363.
WHAT CAN BROWN DO FOR YOU: Junior Aaron Brown gave the Hawks a big boost off the bench at Drexel, scoring 11 points for his first double-figure game in a Hawk uniform. He hit a driving layup with 1:30 to play to break a 47-47 tie and put SJU up for good. He followed that with a season-best 14-point effort at Gonzaga and was the only Hawk in double figures. Brown is in his first year playing at Saint Joseph’s after transferring from West Virginia. He sat out the 2013-14 season and has two years of eligibility with the Hawks.
NEW LOW: The Hawks ran into a highly-efficient Gonzga team in the NIT Season Tip-Off. Gonzaga reeled off the first eight points of the game and never looked back, while shooting 61.3 percent in the half. The Hawks managed just 10 points in the first half, trailing 48-10 at halftime. SJU scored 32 in the second half but still suffered the largest losing margin in school history with the 94-42 loss. Junior Aaron Brown was the only Hawk in double figures with 14 points, while sophomore DeAndre’ Bembry didn’t register his first point until 16:15 remaining in the second half. It was the fewest points scored by the Hawks since a 56-39 loss at Villanova on Feb. 6, 2007.
NO REST FOR THE WEARY: After winning at Drexel on Monday night, the Hawks boarded a charter flight at 10 a.m. on Tuesday for the 2,100-mile trip to Spokane. The team made a quick stop in Fargo, North Dakota, to refuel and arrived in Spokane at 2 p.m. Pacific time. The Hawks got on their return flight immediately after the loss to #13 Gonzaga and were back in Philadelphia at 7 a.m. on Thursday.
50-50: Phil Martelli called the Hawks’ lack of scoring a “grave concern”. SJU is averaging just 50.3 points per game, with the high being 57 points against FDU. The season-highs are 40 percent for field goal percentage is 25 percent for three-point field goal percentage, both against FDU. At Drexel, the Hawks shot just 1-for-11 from three-point range at Drexel and 2-for-18 at Gonzaga.
BEMBRY’S BACK: After an uncharacteristic effort vs. FDU, DeAndre’ Bembry was back leading the team to the win at Drexel, scoring 13 points and grabbing eight rebounds. The sophomore co-captain played 39 minutes and contributed during a 12-0 Hawk run in the second half.
JAMES’ GAME: Highly-touted freshman James Demery recorded the first double-figure game of his career as he posted 12 points on 4-for-9 shooting at Drexel. The freshman got off to a slow start in his SJU debut as he had only three points in 10 minutes in the FDU loss.
NERVES OF STEEL: Freshman Shavar Newkirk also gave SJU a boost off the bench at Drexel. He went 5-for-6 from the foul line and hit a pair with :11 to play as SJU was clinging to a 51-49 lead. He had seven points, three rebounds and two assists in 25 minutes of action.
TOOTH AND NAIL: Jai Williams suffered a bad break in his first two minutes of collegiate action. He caught an elbow as a Drexel player was dunking and it knocked out two teeth. Williams had oral surgery on Tuesday and did not make the trip to Spokane. He is out indefinitely. The redshirt freshman sat out the 2013-14 to further develop his game.
RACKING UP THE MILES: The play of junior Isaiah Miles was one of the bright spots in the loss to FDU. The junior made the first start of his career and posted his first-ever double-double with 12 points and a career-high 14 rebounds. Miles also took a career-high 14 field goal attempts in 33 minutes of action.
ON BOARD: The Hawks outrebounded FDU by a 44-28 margin. Isaiah Miles led the way with a career-high 14 boards while Javon Baumann grabbed a personal best eight rebounds.
PROGRAMMING CHANGE: Due to the Philadelphia Eagles game on Thanksgiving, the Saint Joseph’s-Western Kentucky game will be broadcast on audio streaming only, on SJUHawks.com. The December 20th game at Marist will be heard on WPHT 1210 AM.
NEW LOOK: Hagan Arena has a new look this season with the addition of a new LED centerhung video display system, which was supported by alumnus Mike Hagan ‘85. The display system is comprised of four individual video displays, each measuring approximately 7 feet high by 12.5 feet wide, and featuring 6 millimeter line spacing. These displays will light up the arena with their ability to highlight live video and instant replays. They can show one large image or can be divided into separate windows to show a variety of vivid graphics, colorful animations, up-to-the-minute statistics, scoring information and sponsor advertisements.
LOOKING AHEAD: SJU hosts LIU Brooklyn in the NIT Season Tip-Off on Nov. 25. The Hawks will conclude play in the NIT on Thanksgiving when they take on Western Kentucky at Madison Square Garden. After the holiday, Saint Joseph’s will host Temple on Dec. 3 in the first Big 5 game of the season.