The Saint Joseph's men's basketball team will play its final home game of 2014 when it hosts Loyola Maryland on Tuesday, December 9 at Hagan Arena. Game time is 7 p.m.

The broadcast of the game will be available on CampusInsiders.com.

The game will also be heard on 610 AM WTEL (formerly CBS Sports Radio) 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.

SJU's next home game will be after the New Year, with the Atlantic 10 opener against George Washington on January 3.

Saint Joseph's University is also again partnering with the U.S. Marines in their "Toys for Tots" collection. There will be boxes in the Hagan Arena lobby until December 16 to donate unwrapped toys.

GAME NOTES

• Saint Joseph’s fell to Big 5 rival Villanova, 74-46, on Saturday afternoon. DeAndre’ Bembry was the only Hawk in double figures with 13 points. Walk-on Brendan Casper posted new career-highs of nine points and nine rebounds in 20 minutes played.
• Tonight’s game will be available for viewing on CampusInsiders.com.
• In the past five games, DeAndre’ Bembry is averaging 17.2 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.6 steals. He has scored double figures in six straight games.
• After tonight’s game, the Hawks will get a 10-day break for final exams, returning to action on December 20 at Marist. SJU will not play again here at Hagan Arena until Jan. 3 in the A-10 opener vs. George Washington.
• Today’s matchup between Saint Joseph’s and Loyola Maryland is part of the nationwide Jesuit Basketball Spotlight project, using Jesuit basketball to raise awareness of Jesuit education. Both are Jesuit schools.
• 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.

LAST TIME OUT: Villanova scored the first eight points of the game and never looked back as the 10th-ranked Wildcats handed Saint Joseph’s a 74-46 defeat in a Big 5 game at The Pavilion. DeAndre’ Bembry was the lone Hawk in double figures with 13 points as SJU evened its record to 4-4 and 1-1 in the Big 5. Sophomore walk-on Brendan Casper hit new career-highs with nine points and nine rebounds in a personal best 20 minutes played. Villanova jumped out to a 17-2 lead in the first six minutes as the Hawks made just 1-of-5 from the field and committed three of their season-high 21 turnovers. The Wildcats took a 31-11 lead at the 8:24 mark, but the Hawks started scoring, and went on a 9-1 run, with four points from Bembry and a basket by Casper. Casper picked up a steal and Bembry scored on a short jumper to cut the Hawks’ deficit to 32-20 at 5:19. Villanova, however, closed out the half on a 12-4 run to take a 44-24 lead at halftime. Villanova made eight three-pointers in the first half, while the Hawks managed just 1-for-6 from behind the arc. Villanova shot 42.3 percent from the field in the second half, and Saint Joseph’s hit just 9-of-34 from the field. The Wildcats took their biggest lead, 59-28, with 9:31 to play.

LEADER OF THE PACK: DeAndre’ Bembry leads the Hawks in scoring (14.0) and rebounding (6.4), as well as assists (2.75), steals (2.25) and minutes played (38.0).

BRIGHT SPOT: One of the bright spots in the loss to Villanova was the play of walk-on Brendan Casper. The sophomore registered new career-highs with nine points and nine rebounds in a personal best 20 minutes played. His previous high for minutes was seven.

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 14.0 points and 6.4 rebounds. He is tied for 14th in the Atlantic 10 in scoring, is 12th in rebounding and fourth in steals per game.  

RACKING UP THE MILES: Junior Isaiah Miles had a career game against Temple, hitting for a personal best 20 points on 7-for14 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 8.9 points, with three games in double figures.

MAKING THEM COUNT: The Hawks have struggled from the foul line this season, hitting just 60.0 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.

CHALLENGE AHEAD: Coach Phil Martelli always calls this game - the last one heading into final exams - the toughest of the year. And that statement has held true over the past 11 seasons as the Hawks are just 2-9 in this game before the final exam break. But in the past 11 years, the Hawks have played some tough opponents in this game. SJU has faced both Big 5 foe Villanova and Jesuit rival Creighton three times apiece as well as making trips to Minnesota and Gonzaga.  

LOOKING FOR A FLASHBACK: Isaiah Miles had a big game against Loyola Maryland last season, in his return to his hometown of Baltimore. He established a then career-high with 17 points on 4-for-5 shooting and an 8-for-8 effort from the foul line. Miles surpassed that career-high just last week as he had 20 points in the win over Temple.

IRON MAN: DeAndre’ Bembry leads the Atlantic 10 and is ranked seventh in the nation in minutes played per game, with an average of 38.0. He’s played 304 minutes out of a possible 325 this season.  
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 15.5 per game to rank 28th in the nation.

BIG HALF: In last year’s game at Loyola Maryland, the Hawks scored 60 points in the first half. They slowed down in the second, but still managed an 88-77 victory.

NO PLACE LIKE HOME: After having already made a cross-country trip to Spokane this season, the Hawks are closing out a three-game stretch of Philadelphia-area contests. This is the last game in Hagan Arena for 2014 - the next Hawks’ home game will be the A-10 opener against George Washington on January 3.

IN THE SPIRIT OF THE SEASON: Saint Joseph’s will undertake its 20th annual Christmas charity project, in conjunction with Campus Ministry, where the players shop for gifts for needy families in the area. The team will shop on December 13, wrap the gifts and then deliver them on December 21.

PROGRAMMING CHANGE: The December 20th game at Marist will be heard on WPHT 1210 AM radio instead of 610 AM.

NO NEW YEAR’S EVE PLANS: This season marks the first time in five years that Saint Joseph’s will not be playing a game on New Year’s Eve. In fact, it’ll be just the fourth time in 12 seasons that the Hawks don’t have New Year’s Eve plans.

LOOKING AHEAD:  Saint Joseph’s gets a lengthy break for final exams and will return to action on December 20 at Marist. SJU will then travel to Denver on December 29 and return home after the New Year to host George Washington on Jan. 3.

 

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