Saint Joseph's (4-3; 1-0 Big 5) will take on 10th-ranked Villanova (7-0; 1-0 Big 5) in the annual meeting of the Big 5 rivals on Saturday, December 6, at The Pavilion. Game time is 1 p.m.
The contest will be televised nationally on Fox Sports 1 with Justin Kutcher and Bill Raftery broadcasting the game. Video streaming of the game is available on FoxSportsGo, depending on your cable subscription.
The game will be broadcast on WTEL 610 AM (formerly CBS Sports Radio) with Matt Martucci and Joe Lunardi calling the action. (Due to the ownership change of the radio station, there will be no audio streaming for this game)
• Isaiah Miles scored a career-high 20 points and DeAndre’ Bembry blocked a potential game-tying shot as SJU held on to defeat Temple, 58-56, in Big 5 action on Wednesday night.
• This is the second consecutive Big 5 game for the Hawks. Saint Joseph’s will play back-to-back Big 5 games again in January against Penn and La Salle.
• SJU has lost the last two in a row to Villanova and four straight at The Pavilion. The Hawks’ last win at Villanova was on Feb. 2, 2004. VU leads the all-time series, 46-25.
• In the past four games, DeAndre’ Bembry is averaging 18.2 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.2 steals.
• The Hawks finished their stretch of six games in 13 days on Thanksgiving. After Tuesday’s game against Loyola Maryland, the Hawks will get a 10-day break for final exams, returning to action on December 20 at Marist.
• 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 366.
AST TIME OUT: Isaiah Miles scored a career-high 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds as Saint Joseph’s held off Temple, 58-56, in Big 5 action at Hagan Arena. The game came down to the final play, with Temple inbounding the ball with 11.7 seconds to go. The Owls’ Will Cummings drove to the basket but SJU’s DeAndre’ Bembry made a game-saving block. Quenton DeCosey grabbed the rebound but his last-second attempt was off the mark. Miles shot 7-for-14 from the field and added four assists for Saint Joseph’s, while Bembry finished with 11 points, going 5-for-6 from the line, and grabbing seven rebounds. The Hawks held a 51-42 lead with 8:44 remaining, but went cold from the floor. SJU would go without a field goal the rest of the way, but converted 7-for-8 from the foul line to preserve the win. During that stretch, Temple came within 57-56 with 30 seconds to play on a layup by Josh Brown. The Hawks turned the ball over on their next possession, but an offensive foul by Temple gave the ball back to SJU. Miles made 1-of-2 free throws with 11.7 seconds to go to provide the winning margin.
KEY TO THE CITY: The Hawks are 1-0 in Big 5 play after Wednesday’s win over Temple. After today’s game, SJU will play Penn at The Palestra on Jan. 24, and face La Salle on Jan. 27. Saint Joseph’s has won 20 Big 5 titles (9 outright/11 shared), which is third all-time to Temple’s 27 titles (6/21 shared). Last year, the Hawks went 1-3 in the Big 5, with the lone victory coming against Penn.
FLYING START: The Hawks trailed in the first two minutes against Temple, but would lead the rest of the way. SJU held a 34-22 advantage at intermission, which was its largest halftime lead of the season.
BEMBRY’S BACK: After two uncharacteristic games (FDU, Gonzaga), DeAndre’ Bembry has looked more like himself as of late. 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, which included an 8-for-8 effort in the second half. 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. He then established a new career-high against Western Kentucky, scoring 23 points on 10-for-20 shooting. Bembry is now averaging team-highs of 14.1 points and 6.9 rebounds. He ranks 15th in the Atlantic 10 in scoring and is 11th in rebounding.
RACKING UP THE MILES: Junior Isaiah Miles had a career game against Temple, hitting for a personal best 20 points on 10-for-20 shooting. He also grabbed nine rebounds and handed out a career-high four assists. In the opener against FDU, Miles made the first start of his career and posted his first-ever double-double with 12 points and a career-high 14 rebounds. He scored 15 points in the win over Vermont, shooting 6-for-11 from the field and is now averaging 10.1 points, with three games in double figures.
MAKING THEM COUNT: The Hawks have struggled from the foul line this season, hitting just 62.6 percent, but they made the necessary shots in the win over Temple. SJU shot a season-best 76.2 percent (16-for-21), as DeAndre’ Bembry went 5-for-6 and Isaiah Miles shot 5-for-7. Although the Hawks did not score a field goal in the final 8:44 of the game, they converted 7-of-8 from the foul line to preserve the 58-56 victory. Bembry was 4-for-4 during that stretch.
HANDS OFF: One thing the Hawks have done well over the past few years is to limit their number of personal fouls. They are doing the same this season, committing just 15.0 per game to rank 19th in the nation.
FIGHTING BACK: The Hawks rallied from an eight-point deficit in the second half against Western Kentucky to force three ties in the final six minutes, helped by a season-best 51.9 shooting percentage from the field in that half. The Hawks took a 54-53 lead with 2:31 to play, but saw WKU regain the lead. DeAndre’ Bembry had the potential game-tying three-pointer attempt as time expired, but it was off the mark.
NO PLACE LIKE HOME: After having already made a cross-country trip to Spokane this season, the Hawks are now in a three-game stretch of Philadelphia-area contests. SJU hosted Temple on Wednesday, is making the 6.5 mile ride to Villanova today and will then host Loyola Maryland on Tuesday.
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.
IRON MAN: DeAndre’ Bembry leads the Atlantic 10 and is ranked fourth in the nation in minutes played per game, with an average of 38.6. He’s played 270 minutes out of a possible 285 this season.
DOWN TO THE WIRE: All but two games this year have been decided in the final minutes, while the winning margin in six of the seven games (except for Gonzaga) is a combined total of 21 points, an average of 3.5 points per game. Here’s the recap:
• FDU (L): FDU three-pointer with :04 left
• Drexel (W): Aaron Brown scores with 1:30 left to break a tie; Shavar Newkirk and Isaiah Miles hit late free throws
• Vermont (W): Held a five-point lead with 3 minutes to play and increased it with 4-of-4 free throws from DeAndre’ Bembry
• LIU (W ot): James Demery hits a 3-pointer at :03 to send the game into overtime; Hawks score the first four points of the OT to earn the win
• Western Kentucky (L): SJU fought back from an 8-point deficit and took a brief lead with 2 minutes to play; Trailing 62-59, SJU had the ball with :04 to go but DeAndre’ Bembry missed a 3-point attempt as time expired
• Temple (W): Leading 58-56, DeAndre’ Bembry blocks Temple’s layup attempt in the final seconds; Temple rebounds and misses the last shot
LOOKING AHEAD: Saint Joseph’s will host Loyola Maryland on Tuesday before taking a 10-day break for final exams. The Hawks return to action on December 20 at Marist and then head to Denver on December 29.