The Saint Joseph's men's basketball team (6-7; 0-2 A-10) will take on #20/21 VCU on Saturday, January 10 at the Siegel Center. Game time is 2 p.m., with the national telecast on the CBS Sports Network.

The game will now be broadcast on WFIL 560 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.

There is no video streaming available due to the national telecast.

GAME NOTES
• For the second straight game, the Hawks had a late rally fall short in the 71-68 loss at Duquesne on Wednesday. SJU scored 12 of the game’s last 14 points but couldn’t convert on the game’s final possession. DeAndre’ Bembry led the Hawks with 18 points.
• DeAndre’ Bembry leads the Hawks in points, rebounds, steals and minutes played. He ranks among the top 10 in the conference in each of those categories while leading the league in minutes played.
• The Hawks are in the midst of a three-game losing streak, which is the longest of the year, and the longest since a three-game streak in 2011-12. SJU has not lost four in a row since the 2010-11 season.
• SJU has been on the road for two consecutive games, and for four of the last five.  
• Phil Martelli owns a 178-128 record in Atlantic 10 play, which is the most conference wins for any active coach.
• The SJSN radio broadcast of today’s game will air on WFIL 560 AM.

LEADER OF THE PACK: DeAndre’ Bembry leads the Hawks in scoring (16.1) and rebounding (6.5), as well as steals (2.0) and minutes played (37.6). He has scored double figures in 11 consecutive games and has scored 20-plus points  four of the last six. Bembry ranks among the top 10 in the conference in each of those categories and leads the A-10 in minutes played.

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. The sophomore is now averaging team-highs of 16.1 points and 6.5 rebounds. He ranks seventh in the Atlantic 10 in scoring, is 13th in rebounding and is tied for eighth in steals per game. Here’s a glance of some of his top games this season: 
     • Vermont: Tied career-highs with 22 points and 9 rebounds; shot 6-for-14 from     the field and 8-for-10 from the line
     • LIU Brooklyn: Had 17 points and career-high 11 rebounds for the first double-        double of his career
     • Western Kentucky: Set new career-high with 23 points
     • Loyola Maryland: Scored 21 points on 8-for-11 shooting
    • Marist: Had 16 points, nine rebounds and seven assists
    • Denver: Posted 20 points, 8 rebounds and career-high 3 blocks
    • GW: Had 22 points and 8 rebounds
    • Duquesne: Team-high 18 points

HAWKS VS. THE TOP 25: Saint Joseph’s is 5-9 versus ranked teams in the past four years (counting this season), but have not faired well this year, losing both games by large margins -  to #13 Gonzaga (94-42) and to #10 Villanova (74-46). Last season, the Hawks defeated #21 UMass in February and beat #23 VCU in the Atlantic 10 Championship game. Saint Joseph’s has lost 37 consecutive games against ranked teams on the road. The last win in a true road game came on January 2, 1979 when the Hawks defeated #15 Georgetown, 37-36, at McDonough Arena. SJU is 2-1 in its last three meetings against ranked teams at a neutral site.

LAST TIME WE MET: The last meeting between Saint Joseph’s and VCU was one of the most memorable games in Hawk history. SJU defeated the Rams, 65-61, in the Atlantic 10 Championship game at the Barclays Center to earn the school’s third conference title. Tournament MVP Halil Kanacevic had 11 points and 14 rebounds, while Langston Galloway scored 19 points and Ronald Roberts, Jr., had 15 points and 11 rebounds. The Hawks earned the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament where they took eventual national champion Connecticut to overtime before losing, 89-81.

20-20: DeAndre’ Bembry is averaging 20.0 points per game in Atlantic 10 contests, to rank third in the league in that category.

FOUR TO SCORE: The Hawks had four players score double figures for just the second time this year at Duquesne. The win over LIU Brooklyn was the only other time that’s happened this season.

IRON MAN: DeAndre’ Bembry leads the Atlantic 10 and is ranked seventh in the nation in minutes played per game, with an average of 37.6. He’s seen 489 minutes out of a possible 530 this season. Bembry has played all 40 minutes in three games, and has played 44 of 45 minutes in the two overtime games.

HANDOUTS: Shavar Newkirk leads the Hawks in assists, averaging 3.0 per game. The freshman has come off the bench in all 13 contests, and had a high of six assists in the loss at Duquesne.

OUT ON THE PERIMETER: Saint Joseph’s took a season-high 29 three-point attempts at Duquesne, but only connected on seven of them (24.1 percent). The seven made tied the highest total made in a game this season, but the previous high of attempts in a game was 20. SJU is shooting just 26.1 percent from beyond the arc this season.

ACHIEVING A DREAM: Former Hawk standout Langston Galloway has become the 18th player in SJU history to play in the NBA. The 2014 SJU graduate was given a 10-day contract by the New York Knicks on Jan. 7 and made his debut that night against the Washington Wizards. Galloway played 17 minutes at point guard and posted seven points and three assists without a turnover. Galloway had been the leading scorer (16.5) for the West Chester Knicks of the NBA D League.

LOOKING AHEAD: The Hawks return home from this two-game road swing to host Fordham on Jan. 14 before heading back on the road to visit St. Bonaventure on Jan. 18. Saint Joseph’s will then get to play four consecutive games in Philadelphia from Jan. 21 through Jan. 31.

 

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