The Saint Joseph's men's basketball team (6-4) returns to action after the holiday on Monday, December 29 at the University of Denver. Game time is 7 p.m. local time and 9 p.m. on the East Coast.
The radio broadcast will air on 610 AM with Matt Martucci and Joe Lunardi 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.
The game will be broadcast in the Denver area on ROOT Sports.
• Saint Joseph’s scored a season-high in points in the 75-58 win at Marist on Dec. 20. Junior Isaiah Miles posted a career-high 23 points while DeAndre’ Bembry had 16 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.
• The Hawks are seeking their third straight victory which would be the longest winning streak of the season.
• DeAndre’ Bembry leads the Hawks in points, rebounds, assists, and steals.
• This is the Hawks’ second trip west this season. On Nov. 19, SJU traveled to Gonzaga for an NIT Season Tip-Off 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 368.
• Saint Joseph’s opens defense of its Atlantic 10 Championship on January 3rd, when the Hawks host George Washington in a game televised the CBS Sports Network at 2 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT: Junior Isaiah Miles scored a career-high 23 points and DeAndre’ Bembry added 16 points, nine rebounds and seven assists as Saint Joseph’s cruised to a 75-58 win over Marist at McCann Arena. Miles scored 17 of his game-high total in the first half, hitting seven of his nine attempts from the field, including 3-of-5 from three-point range. Aaron Brown also added 10 points off the bench on 4-of-6 from the field. Saint Joseph’s never trailed and ran out to a 13-4 lead on a jumper by Miles at the 15:02 mark of the first half. After the Red Foxes got within six, Miles keyed a 13-0 Saint Joseph’s run with a pair of threes, and a layup by Brown pushed the margin to 26-7 with 9:37 remaining. After Marist got within 17, the Hawks scored nine consecutive points, seven of them from Miles, to take a commanding 35-9 lead with 5:26 on the clock. The Red Foxes ripped off eight straight points of their own and finished the half on a 13-2 run, but SJU entered halftime with a 37-22 lead on a season-best 55.6 percent shooting in the frame. The Hawks actually shot better from the field in the second half, hitting 56.5 percent from the field, to salt away the win, but it was Marist that came out of the locker room with the advantage, cutting the SJU lead to single digits at 45-36 on a layup with 14:44 to play. The lead fluctuated between 15 and 19 points over the final eight and a half minutes of the game before settling at 17.
LEADER OF THE PACK: DeAndre’ Bembry leads the Hawks in scoring (14.9) and rebounding (6.7), as well as assists (3.0), steals (2.1) and minutes played (37.4). He has scored double figures in eight consecutive games.
BEMBRY’S BACK: After a slow start, DeAndre’ Bembry has looked more like the preseason All-League performer that he is. In the win over Vermont, he 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, 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. The sophomore followed that with 16 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in the win over Marist. Bembry is now averaging team-highs of 14.9 points and 6.7 rebounds. He ranks 10th in the Atlantic 10 in scoring, is ninth in rebounding and fourth in steals per game.
RACKING UP THE MILES: Isaiah Miles bettered his career-high with 23 points in the win over Marist. The junior made 7-of-9 shots in the first half to score 17 points by halftime. He finished the game going 9-for-14 from the field and a career-best 4-for-7 from three-point range. He had already established a new career-high against Temple, scoring 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 is the team’s second leading scorer, now averaging 10.3 points, with four games in double figures.
POST-HOLIDAY GAMES: Saint Joseph’s owns an 8-3 record in its first game after Christmas over the past 11 years, and has won the last four in a row. The last lost came in 2009-10 at Siena. The last time the Hawks traveled for this game came in 2010-11, with a trip to Holy Cross. This is the longest trip SJU has taken for this game since 2005-06, when it traveled to the West Coast and took on Saint Mary’s and Gonzaga.
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 61.3 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 11th in the nation in minutes played per game, with an average of 37.4. He’s played 374 minutes out of a possible 405 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 16.2 per game to rank 40th in the nation.
BACK IN ACTION: The Hawks are returning to action after an eight-day break for Christmas. SJU last played at Marist on December 20 after having a 10-day break for final exams.
DEE-FENSE: Saint Joseph’s is only allowing 62.8 points per game, which ranks eighth in the Atlantic 10.
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.
SHAVAR’S SEASON-HIGH: Freshman Shavar Newkirk scored a season-high nine points in the win at Marist.
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: The Hawks will ring in the New Year by hosting George Washington on Jan. 3 in the Atlantic 10 opener. With the conference season then in full swing, SJU follows that with a pair of road games, at Duquesne on Jan. 7 and at VCU on Jan. 10.