The Saint Joseph's men's basketball team (6-6; 0-1 A-10) will travel to Duquesne (5-7; 0-1) on Wednesday, January 7. Game time at the Palumbo Center is 7 p.m.
The game will now be broadcast on WNTP 990 AM (instead of previously announced 610 AM) 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.
Video streaming of the game will be available on the A-10 Digital Network with a subscription.
• The Hawks’ rally fell short in the 64-60 loss to George Washington in the A-10 opener on Saturday. DeAndre’ Bembry had 22 points for his second consecutive game with 20-plus points. Chris Wilson recorded season-highs of 15 points and nine rebounds.
• DeAndre’ Bembry leads the Hawks in points, rebounds, assists, steals and minutes played. He ranks among the top 10 in the conference in each of those categories except for assists, while leading the league in minutes played.
• Saint Joseph’s is in the midst of a two-game losing streak, which is the longest of the year.
• The Hawks have won four in a row against Duquesne, and have won the last two games played in Pittsburgh.
• Phil Martelli owns a 178-127 record in Atlantic 10 play, which is the most conference wins for any active coach.
LEADER OF THE PACK: DeAndre’ Bembry leads the Hawks in scoring (15.9) and rebounding (6.9), as well as assists (2.7), steals (2.0) and minutes played (38.2). He has scored double figures in 10 consecutive games and has scored 20-plus points in two consecutive and in four of the last five. Bembry ranks among the top 10 in the conference in each of those categories except for assists.
MR. EVERYTHING: On DeAndre’ Bembry leading the Hawks in practically every category, Phil Martelli said, "We were asked if he's doing too much. He better do too much."
BEMBRY’S BACK: DeAndre’ Bembry is putting up the numbers like the Preseason All-League First Team 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, had 20 points, eight rebounds and a career-high three blocks at Denver, and scored 22 points vs. George Washington. Bembry is now averaging team-highs of 15.9 points and 6.9 rebounds. He ranks seventh in the Atlantic 10 in scoring, is eightth in rebounding and is tied for fourth in steals per game.
RACKING UP THE MILES: Isaiah Miles is turning into a consistent scorer for the Hawks. He has bettered his career-high in points three times this year. After establishing a new one with 20 points against Temple, he bettered that with 23 points in the win over Marist. And in the following game at Denver, Miles scored 24 points on 8-for-11 shooting while making 4-of-6 three pointers. Against 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. To go along with his 20 points against Temple, 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 10.6 points, with five games in double figures.
RALLY CAPS: Trailing by 20 points with 6:54 to play against George Washington, the Hawks put together a furious rally to close to within four points with 12 seconds to play. The Hawks held GW without a field goal for the final 6:54, while scoring 24 points in the last 5:44 of the game. GW went 11-for-19 from the foul line to help seal the win.
MAKING THEM COUNT: The Hawks have struggled from the foul line most of the season, and are now hitting 62.2 percent. However, in the last five minutes of games (regulation only), SJU is hitting 71.7 percent. There have been some signs of overall improvement as SJU shot 73.1 percent from the line in the loss at Denver, led by a 6-for-6 effort from Aaron Brown. It was just the second time that Saint Joseph’s converted over 70 percent this season. The first came when SJU shot a season-best 76.2 percent (16-for-21) in the win over Temple. 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.
IRON MAN: DeAndre’ Bembry leads the Atlantic 10 and is ranked sixth in the nation in minutes played per game, with an average of 38.2. He’s played 458 minutes out of a possible 500 this season. Bembry has played all 40 minutes in three games, and has played 44 of 45 minutes in the two overtime games.
CALLING ON CHRIS: Senior Chris Wilson posted season-highs with 15 points and nine rebounds in the loss to GW. Wilson shot 7-for-9 from the field, bouncing back after 1-for-8 effort in the previous game at Denver. Wilson’s nine rebounds tied his career-high.
HANDS OFF: The Hawks have done a good job limiting their personal fouls in the past few years, and last season, ranked among the nation’s leaders with 16.0 per game. They are doing the same this season, committing just 16.6 per game to rank 55th in the nation. SJU has had only six disqualifications this year.
DEE-FENSE: Saint Joseph’s is only allowing 61.0 points per game, which ranks seventh in the Atlantic 10.
BREATHING ROOM: The Hawks posted their largest winning margin of the season (26 points) against Loyola Maryland. They followed that with a 17-point win over Marist. In both games, the Hawks held a 26-point lead during the game, which is the largest lead of the season. Eight of the Hawks’ 12 games have been decided by 10 points or less.
IT GOES BOTH WAYS: The Hawks are not shooting well from three-point range (26.4), but neither are their opponents. SJU’s foes are converting just 33.0 percent from beyond the arc, ranking the Hawks seventh in the Atlantic 10 in three-point defense.
THREE’S A CROWD: Isaiah Miles leads the Hawks in three-point field goals with 16 on the season and he totaled eight threes in two straight games (Marist, Denver). Despite struggling from three-point range for most of the season, the Hawks had one of their better efforts of the year at Marist. SJU converted 38.9 percent (7-for-18). At Denver, SJU went 6-for-17, but Miles connected on 4-of-6. As a team, the Hawks hit a season-best 40 percent (6-for-15) from behind the arc against Vermont.
LOOKING AHEAD: SJU is on the road for the second time this week when it visits #20 VCU, in the first meeting of the teams since the 2014 Atlantic 10 Championship game. The Hawks return home to host Fordham on Jan. 14 before heading to St. Bonaventure on Jan. 18.