The Saint Joseph's men's basketball team (6-8; 0-3 A-10) returns home to host Fordham (5-9; 0-3) on Wednesday, January 14. Game time is 7 p.m. at Hagan Arena.
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• The Hawks had four players score double figures, but fell to #20 VCU, 89-74, on Saturday. DeAndre’ Bembry led the way with 16 points and eight rebounds, while Aaron Brown scored 14 points off the bench. SJU fell behind at the start and turned the ball over 20 times in the loss.
• DeAndre’ Bembry leads the Hawks in points, rebounds, steals and minutes played. He ranks among the top 15 in the conference in each of those categories, as well as assists, while leading the league in minutes played.
• The Hawks are in the midst of a four-game losing streak, which is the longest of the year, and the longest since a four-game streak in 2010-11.
• Saint Joseph’s is looking to avoid an 0-4 start in A-10 play. The last time that happened was in 2010-11.
• This is SJU’s first home game since January 3. The Hawks will go on the road again on Sunday at St. Bonaventure, giving them three of the last four away from home. SJU is 4-2 in Hagan Arena this year.
• Tonight’s game is part of the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight, which raises awareness of Jesuit education.
EADER OF THE PACK: DeAndre’ Bembry leads the Hawks in scoring (16.1) and rebounding (6.6), as well as steals (1.9) and minutes played (37.4), while ranking second in assists (2.86). He has scored double figures in 12 consecutive games and has scored 20-plus points in four of the last seven. Bembry ranks among the top 15 in the Atlantic 10 in each of those categories and leads the conference 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 6.4 rebounds. He ranks eighth in the Atlantic 10 in scoring, is 11th in rebounding and is fourth 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
• VCU: Team-highs of 16 points and 8 rebounds
CONFERENCE CALL: DeAndre’ Bembry is averaging 18.7 points per game in Atlantic 10 contests, to rank second in the league in that category. Aaron Brown is second on the team in conference scoring with 12.0 ppg.
FOUR TO SCORE: The Hawks had four players score double figures in back-to-back games at Duquesne and VCU. It marks the third time this season that it’s happened.
RACKING UP THE MILES: Isaiah Miles has put up double figures in seven games this year, while bettering his career-high in points three times. After establishing a new one with 20 points against Temple, he bettered it with 23 points in the win over Marist. And in the next 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 with 10.7 points per game.
TOO LATE: The Hawks put together late-game rallies in two consecutive contests (GW, Duquesne), but both fell short. Trailing by 20 points with 6:54 to play against George Washington, the Hawks closed 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. At Duquesne, SJU trailed by 12 points in the second half and eventually scored 12 of the game’s final 14 points to pull within three points. The Hawks had the ball for the game’s last possession, but after a Chris Wilson miss, DeAndre’ Bembry’s three-point attempt was partially blocked at the buzzer.
IRON MAN: DeAndre’ Bembry leads the Atlantic 10 and is ranked seventh in the nation in minutes played per game, with an average of 37.4. He’s seen 523 minutes out of a possible 570 this season. Bembry has played all 40 minutes in three games, and has played 44 of 45 minutes in the two overtime games.
DOUBLE VISION: DeAndre’ Bembry has scored double figures in 12 consecutive games, which is the longest streak of his career. He has only been held to single digits in the FDU and Gonzaga losses.
HANDOUTS: Shavar Newkirk leads the Hawks in assists, averaging 2.93 per game. The freshman has come off the bench in all 14 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 27.0 percent from beyond the arc this season and is averaging 16.7 atttempts per game.
GIVEAWAYS AND MISSES: Turnovers and free-throw shooting were two of the biggest deficiencies in the loss to VCU. The Hawks committed 20 turnovers in the contest and shot just 55.9 percent from the foul line (19-for-34). SJU went just 4-for-12 from the line in the first half while they were trailing only by single digits.
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.
TIME CHANGE: The starting time for the Saint Joseph’s game with Davidson at Hagan Arena on January 31 has been moved to noon from 12:30 p.m. The game will be televised nationally on the NBC Sports Network.
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 16.4 per game to rank 20th in the nation. SJU has had only seven disqualifications this year.
DEE-FENSE: Saint Joseph’s is only allowing 66.0 points per game, which ranks eighth in the Atlantic 10. If you take out the three losses to ranked teams - Gonzaga, Villanova, VCU - the Hawks’ scoring defense average would be 60.6 points per game.
LOOKING AHEAD: The Hawks head back on the road for a Sunday game at St. Bonaventure on Jan. 18. Saint Joseph’s will then get to play four consecutive games in Philadelphia, beginning with a contest against Massachusetts on Jan. 21. Included in that stretch is a game at The Palestra versus Penn on Jan. 24 and a Big 5 contest at La Salle on Jan. 27.