The Saint Joseph's men's basketball team returns to action after a break for final exams on Saturday, December 20, when the Hawks visit Marist (1-9). Game time is 7 p.m. at McCann Arena.

There will be a change in radio broadcasts for this game only, and it will air on WPHT 1210 AM, with Matt Martucci calling the action, Free audio streaming is available on SJUHawks.com. Download the SJUHawks app and upgrade to the premium app to listen to the game on your mobile device.

Video streaming of the game will be available on the A-10 Digital Network with a subscription. WATCH

GAME NOTES:

• Saint Joseph’s returns to action for the first time since December 9, when it defeated Loyola Maryland, 68-42, at Hagan Arena and then took a break for final exams. DeAndre’ Bembry led all scorers with 21 points on 8-for-11 shooting in the Hawks’ largest margin of victory of the year. Chris Wilson added a season-high 13 points.
• Over the past 11 years, the Hawks have posted a 7-4 in their game before Christmas. SJU has played four of those on the road and have gone 1-3.
• The Hawks will make their second cross-country trip this year when they head to Denver on Dec. 29. SJU’s next home game will be the A-10 opener against George Washington on Jan. 3.
• 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 367.

LAST TIME OUT: DeAndre’ Bembry scored a game-high 21 points on 8-for-11 shooting to lead Saint Joseph’s to a 68-42 win over Loyola Maryland at Hagan Arena. Bembry also grabbed a team-high seven rebounds and had two blocks for Saint Joseph’s while Chris Wilson his  season-high with 13 points and handed out four assists. The Hawks struggled offensively and trailed for most of the first half, but outscored Loyola, 17-6, in the final six minutes to take a 28-24 lead at halftime. They took their first lead, 21-20, on a layup by Bembry with 1:48 to go. The sophomore scored nine points in a three-minute span, closing it out with a three-pointer as time expired. SJU stayed on track after halftime and opened the half with a 16-2 run to take a 44-26 lead with 14:44 remaining. Saint Joseph’s took its biggest lead of the game, 57-31, with 8:42 to go and maintained a 20-plus point margin the rest of the way. The Hawks converted a season-best 53.8 percent from the field in the second half, after going just 9-for-23 from the field in the first half. It was Saint Joseph’s largest winning margin of the year, as six of the Hawks’ games have been decided by 10 points or less. Loyola owned a 16-7 lead in the early going as the Hawks missed nine of their first 10 shots.

LEADER OF THE PACK: DeAndre’ Bembry leads the Hawks in scoring (14.8) and rebounding (6.4), as well as assists (2.6), steals (2.1) and minutes played (37.3). He has scored double figures in the last seven games.

BEMBRY’S BACK: After a slow start 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 with 23 points and then had 21 points on 8-for-11 shooting vs. Loyola Maryland. Bembry is now averaging team-highs of 14.8 points and 6.4 rebounds. He is tied for 12th in the Atlantic 10 in scoring, is 14th in rebounding and tied for 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-for-14 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.

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. He followed that with six points and six rebounds against Loyola Maryland.  

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.

IRON MAN: DeAndre’ Bembry leads the Atlantic 10 and is ranked 12th in the nation in minutes played per game, with an average of 37.3. He’s played 336 minutes out of a possible 365 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 15.7 per game to rank 28th in the nation.

BACK IN ACTION: This marks SJU’s first action since December 9. The Hawks started the year with a stretch of six games in 13 days, and after their ninth game, got a 10-day break for final exams.

BREATHING ROOM: The Hawks posted their largest winning margin of the season against Loyola Maryland, with the 26-point victory. The 26 points was also the largest lead of the season for SJU. Six of the Hawks’ nine games have been decided by 10 points or less.

IT GOES BOTH WAYS: The Hawks are not shooting well from three-point range (23.4), but neither are their opponents. SJU’s foes are convering just 30.4 percent from beyond the arc, ranking the Hawks fourth in the Atlantic 10 in three-point defense.  

IN THE SPIRIT OF THE SEASON: Saint Joseph’s is participating in its 20th annual Christmas charity project, in conjunction with Campus Ministry. On December 13th, the team shopped for gifts and wrapped them, and will deliver to needy area families on December 21. PHOTO GALLERY

WINNING WITH WILSON: Senior Chris Wilson scored double figures for the third time this season when he tied his season-high with 13 points in the win over Loyola Maryland.

LOOKING AHEAD:  After a break for Christmas, the Hawks will travel to Denver for a game on December 29. The Hawks return home to host George Washington on Jan. 3 in the Atlantic 10 opener.

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