The Saint Joseph's men's basketball team (7-8; 1-3 A-10) will visit St. Bonaventure (9-6; 2-2) on Sunday in a nationally-televised game on the NBC Sports Network. Tip-off at the Reilly Center is 2:30 p.m.
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• Chris Wilson scored a career-high 23 points to lead the Hawks to a 66-55 win over Fordham, which snapped a four-game losing streak and gave SJU its first A-10 win of the year. DeAndre’ Bembry added 13 and Aaron Brown scored 12 points.
• DeAndre’ Bembry leads the Hawks in points, rebounds, assists, steals and minutes played. He ranks among the top 15 in the conference in each of those categories, while leading the league in minutes played.
• The last time these two teams met was in the Atlantic 10 Semifinals in Brooklyn, when the Hawks scored a 67-48 win en route to a berth in the championship game. Saint Joseph’s then defeated VCU, 65-61, to capture the third A-10 title in school history.
• Phil Martelli owns a 179-129 record in Atlantic 10 play, which is the most conference wins for any active coach.
EADER OF THE PACK: DeAndre’ Bembry leads the Hawks in scoring (15.9), rebounding (6.7) and assists (2.9), as well as steals (1.9) and minutes played (37.5). He has scored double figures in 13 consecutive games and has scored 20-plus points in four of the last eight. 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."
CALLING ON CHRIS: On the day before the Fordham game, Phil Martelli held a meeting with Chris Wilson and told the senior of his expectations and said, “If we’re going to turn this around, it starts with you”. Wilson responded with his best game of the season and one of the best of his career. He scored a career-high 23 points, while shooting 6-for-10 from the field and 5-of-9 from three-point range. Wilson scored 11 of the Hawks’ 25 first-half points and also went 6-for-6 from the foul line. Wilson’s previous season-high was 15 points and nine rebounds in the loss to George Washington. He’s the team’s second leading scorer and rebounder in conference games with 13.3 points and 5.8 rebounds.
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 15.9 points and 6.7 rebounds. He ranks eighth in the Atlantic 10 in scoring, is 11th in rebounding, is tied for 15th in assists 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
• Fordham: Scored 13 points and had a team-high 8 rebounds
CONFERENCE CALL: DeAndre’ Bembry is averaging 17.3 points per game in Atlantic 10 contests, to rank third in the league in that category. Chris Wilson is second on the team in conference scoring with 13.3 ppg followed by Aaron Brown with a 12.0 scoring average.
A SELECT GROUP: DeAndre’ Bembry is one of six players in the nation who lead their teams in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks. The list is as follows:
• Karl Cochran, Wofford – 15.1 PPG; 6.2 RPG; 15 blocks, 48 assists
• D.J. Mason, Campbell – 12.6 PGG; 5.7 RPG; 13 blocks, 34 assists
• Caris LeVert, Michigan – 14.8 PPG; 4.8 RPG; 6 blocks; 60 assists
• Seth Tuttle, Northern Iowa – 14.5 PPG; 6.0 RPG; 12 blocks; 55 assists
• Ramone Snowden, Niagara – 11.0 PPG; 6.2 RPG; 8 blocks; 39 assists
• DeAndre’ Bembry, Saint Joseph’s – 15.9 PPG; 6.7 RPG; 14 blocks; 44 assists
LONG TIME COMING: The win over Fordham snapped a four-game losing streak for the Hawks. SJU went 26 days in between wins - the previous one was December 20 against Marist.
FOUR TO SCORE: The Hawks had four players score double figures in back-to-back games at Duquesne and VCU. It marked the third time this season that it’s happened.
CLOSE UPS: Saint Joseph’s is converting 41.0 percent from the field, but if you look at their percentage of two-point field goal attempts, they’re shooting a solid 47.0 percent (267-for-565). The Hawks have struggled from three-point range, converting just 27.2 percent, and that has brought down their overall shooting percentage.
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 10.3 points per game.
MAKING THEM COUNT: The Hawks have struggled from the foul line for most of the year, but have increased their season mark to 63.4 percent. That was helped by the best effort of the year, when they hit 86.4 percent (19-for-22) against Fordham. It marked the fourth time that they converted over 70 percent this season. SJU has shot better later in the game as the Hawks are hitting 74.7 from the line in the final five minutes (regulation only). Aaron Brown is the top Hawk from the line, converting 76.2 percent, followed by Isaiah Miles at 75.8 percent.
IRON MAN: DeAndre’ Bembry leads the Atlantic 10 and is ranked sixth in the nation in minutes played per game, with an average of 37.5. He’s seen 563 minutes out of a possible 610 this season. Bembry has played all 40 minutes in four games, and has played 44 of 45 minutes in the two overtime games.
HANDOUTS: Shavar Newkirk is second on the team in assist with 2.8 per game. The freshman has come off the bench in all 15 contests, and had a high of six assists in the loss at Duquesne.
JAMES’ GAME: Highly-touted freshman James Demery recorded the first double-figure game of his career as he posted 12 points on 4-for-9 shooting at Drexel. He scored double figures in back-to-back games, with 10 points at Duquesne and 11 at VCU. Phil Martelli has noticed a new assertiveness in the freshman, who is averaging 8.8 points in Atlantic 10 games thus far.
LOOKING AHEAD: Saint Joseph’s starts a stretch of four consecutive games in Philadelphia with the home game against Massachusetts on Jan. 21. The Hawks will take on Penn at The Palestra on Jan. 24 and visit La Salle on Jan. 27, before returning to Hagan Arena to host first-year A-10 member Davidson on Jan. 31.