The Saint Joseph's men's basketball team will take on Western Kentucky in its final game of the NIT Season Tip-Off at Madison Square Garden on Thanksgiving in the second game of a doubleheader. Game time is at 6 p.m. or 25 minutes after the conclusion of the Stony Brook-LIU Brooklyn game, which begins at 4 p.m. The Hawks' game will be broadcast on ESPNU.
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James Demery hit a three-pointer with :03 to play to force overtime and help SJU defeat LIU Brooklyn, 74-70, in the NIT Season Tip-Off on Tuesday. DeAndre’ Bembry scored 17 points and grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds while Aaron Brown had a season-best 15 points and seven rebounds.
• The Hawks are 1-1 in NIT Season Tip-Off play, with the win over LIU Brooklyn and loss to Gonzaga.
• Saint Joseph’s is closing out its stretch of six games in 13 days, which included a cross-country trip to #13 Gonzaga on Nov. 19.
• This is SJU’s second straight Thanksgiving night game - last year the Hawks lost to LSU in the Old Spice Classic.
• 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 365.
AST TIME OUT: Freshman James Demery hit a three-pointer to send the game into overtime and Saint Joseph’s scored the first four points of the extra period as the Hawks defeated LIU Brooklyn, 74-70, in the NIT Season Tip-Off at Hagan Arena. DeAndre’ Bembry led Saint Joseph’s with 17 points and a career-high 11 rebounds for his first-ever double-double. Demery took a pass from Bembry on the left wing and connected on the first three-pointer of his career with :03 remaining to knot the score at 67-67. LIU had taken the 67-64 lead with 10 seconds to play on a pair of free throws. Brown had a career-high 15 points and seven rebounds for SJU while Chris Wilson tallied 13 points and Demery finished with 11. (More on page 12)
SJU AT MSG: Madison Square Garden has been a favorite place for the Hawks and their fans over the years. The last time SJU played here was the 2006 Holiday Festival when the Hawks lost to Hofstra, 65-63, and then defeated Boston University, 58-53, for third place in the tournament. That tournament marked the fourth consecutive year that Saint Joseph’s had played at least one game at MSG. In 2005-06, SJU defeated Kansas in the Jimmy V Classic and in 2004-05, the Hawks advanced to the NIT Championship game, falling to Memphis. In 2003-04, Saint Joseph’s got its historic season off to a flying start with a win over #10 Gonzaga as at least 5,000 Hawk fans made the trip to New York. Saint Joseph’s holds an all-time record of 15-17 at Madison Square Garden, while coach Phil Martelli is 5-3 in the famed arena during his career.
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.
PERFECT TIMING: Freshman James Demery picked a great time to make his first collegiate three-pointer. Demery connected on the timely three with :03 seconds to play against LIU Brooklyn, forcing a 67-67 tie. It was only Demery’s second attempt of the season. The freshman had a solid game, with 11 points on 4-for-7 shooting, to go along with five rebounds. He also hit a pair of free throws prior to that three-pointer, which gave the Hawks a 64-63 lead with 1:06 remaining.
BEMBRY’S BACK: After two uncharacteristic games (FDU, Gonzaga) DeAndre’ Bembry has looked more like himself. He led the way in the win over Vermont, tying 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. The co-captain followed that with 17 points and a career-high 11 rebounds for the first double-double of his career in the overtime win over LIU Brooklyn. Bembry is now averaging team-highs of 13.0 points and 7.6 rebounds.
WHAT BROWN CAN DO FOR YOU: Junior Aaron Brown has notched double figures off the bench in four consecutive games. He achieved new season-highs with 15 points and seven rebounds in the win over LIU Brooklyn. Brown shot a team-best 7-for-9 from the foul line, making two free throws at the end of the overtime to seal the win. He gave the team 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 as the only Hawk in double figures in the lopsided loss. He also had a 13-point, five-rebound effort in the win over Vermont. The junior is in his first year playing at Saint Joseph’s after transferring from West Virginia and sitting out 2013-14.
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 which will conclude the Hawks’ participation in the tournament.
LOCAL TALENT: A pair of Hawks will be making their return to New York tonight. Freshman Shavar Newkirk is a native of the Bronx and graduate of Cardinal Hayes High School. And although DeAndre’ Bembry grew up in Charlotte, N.C., he attended The Patrick School in Elizabeth, N.J.
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 followed that with 74 points in the LIU Brooklyn win. The Hawks are now averaging 58.6 points per game.
OFF TARGET: Saint Joseph’s is shooting 36.7 percent from the floor on the season, and the best shooting effort of the year was 43.1 percent in the overtime win over LIU Brooklyn. The Hawks have struggled from three-point range and are connecting on only 23.0 percent, but they hit a season-best 40 percent (6-for-15) from vs. Vermont.
LOOKING AHEAD: Saint Joseph’s will play consecutive games against Big 5 rivals when they host Temple on Dec. 3 and then visit #12 Villanova on Dec. 6.