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• DeAndre’ Bembry tied his career-highs with 22 points and nine rebounds in the Hawks’ 68-60 win over Vermont. Isaiah Miles had 15 points and Aaron Brown scored 13 as SJU came back from a 10-point first-half deficit.
• 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 last week.
• Saint Joseph’s and LIU Brooklyn have not met since the 1979-80 season when they participated in the Kiwanis Classic at Old Dominion.
• SJU will play on Thanksgiving for the second year in a row when it concludes the NIT against Western Kentucky at Madison Square Garden for a 6 p.m. game.
• 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 364.
LAST TIME OUT: DeAndre’ Bembry scored 22 points to lead Saint Joseph’s over Vermont, 68-60, at Hagan Arena. Bembry tied his career-high in both points and also in rebounds with nine, while Isaiah Miles had 15 points. Aaron Brown added 13 points for his third straight game in double figures. Vermont took the early lead, 11-1, in the first three minutes of the game. The Hawks fought back, going on a 16-5 run as Bembry and Chris Wilson combined to score 11 points. Bembry had a dunk and a layup and then threaded a fast break pass to Wilson, who converted the layup to give SJU its first lead of the game, 17-16, with 9:28 remaining. The Hawks maintained the lead the rest of the way, holding a 32-26 margin at halftime as they forced 10 Vermont turnovers in the half, while outrebounding the visitors, 25-16.The Hawks came out firing in the second half, and a Bembry three-pointer started a7 -0 run, as SJU forced four straight Vermont turnovers. A Javon Baumann layup with the pass from Bembry and a jumper by Miles gave the Hawks a 39-26 lead. Vermont broke its four-minute scoreless streak at 15:10 on a three-pointer. A pair of free throws by Bembry gave SJU its biggest lead of the game, 46-32. Vermont scored six straight to cut SJU’s lead to 51-45 at 8:48, but Saint Joseph’s answered with five points from Miles to increase its margin back to 10, 56-46. The Catamounts made one more push, coming to within 61-56 with 3:23 left, but Bembry went 4-for-4 from the foul line to go up by 66-56 with 2:08 remaining.
BEMBRY’S BACK: After two uncharacteristic games (FDU, Gonzaga) DeAndre’ Bembry led the way in the win over Vermont. The sophomore tied his career-highs in points with 22 and in rebounds with nine. He shot a season-best 6-for-14 from the field and 8-for-10 from the foul line. Bembry has upped his scoring average to a team-high 12.0 points.
WHAT BROWN CAN DO FOR YOU: Junior Aaron Brown has notched double figures off the bench in three consecutive games. He gave the Hawks a big boost 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 in the lopsided loss. Brown followed that with a solid 13-point, five-rebound effort in the win over Vermont, 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.
SJU AND THE NIT: This marks the second time that Saint Joseph’s is participating in the NIT Season Tip-Off. The previous came in 2007 when the Hawks traveled to Syracuse. During that tournament, SJU defeated Fairleigh Dickinson but lost to Syracuse in the Carrier Dome.
50-50: After the Gonzaga game, Phil Martelli called the Hawks’ lack of scoring a “grave concern”. SJU scored more than 60 points for the first time all year in the 68-60 win over Vermont and is now averaging 54.8 points per game.
OFF TARGET: Saint Joseph’s is shooting 34.9 percent from the floor on the season, and the best shooting effort of the year was 40 percent in the season opening loss to FDU. The Hawks have struggled from three-point range, but they hit a season-best 40 percent (6-for-15) from beyond the arc in the Vermont win.
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.
BAND OF THIEVES: Saint Joseph’s had 13 steals against Vermont, which was the highest number of steals since it posted 15 steals in a loss at Minnesota on Dec. 12, 2009. Javon Baumann led the way against Vermont with a career-high four steals. Isaiah Miles, DeAndre’ Bembry and Shavar Newkirk recorded three apiece as SJU forced Vermont into committing 18 turnovers.
NERVES OF STEEL: Freshman Shavar Newkirk 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: Redshirt freshman 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, who had oral surgery the following day, has not played since and is out indefinitely.
RACKING UP THE MILES: Junior Isaiah Miles has scored double figures in two of four games. In the opener against FDU, he 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. He scored 15 points in the win over Vermont, shooting 6-for-11 from the field.
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, instead of 610 AM.
DUE FOR SOME DOWN TIME: The Hawks started the year with a stretch of six games in 13 days, but a breather is coming. After the Thanksgiving date with Western Kentucky in Madison Square Garden, SJU will be idle on the weekend. Looming ahead, however, are back-to-back Big 5 games with Temple (Dec. 3) and Villanova (Dec. 6).
TURKEY DAY: What does Saint Joseph’s have in common with the Dallas Cowboys and the Detroit Lions? For consecutive years, they’ve had to play on Thanksgiving. Last year, the Hawks faced LSU in the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, and suffered an 82-65 loss. SJU is at it again this year at dinner time (6 p.m.) against Western Kentucky at Madison Square Garden in the revamped NIT Season Tip-Off, which will conclude the Hawks’ participation in the tournament.
LOOKING AHEAD: 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.