The Saint Joseph's men's basketball team (7-9; 1-4 A-10) returns to Hagan Arena on Wednesday, January 21, when the Hawks host Massachusetts (10-8; 4-2). Game time is 7 p.m. with the national broadcast on the CBS Sports Network.
Streaming audio of the broadcast, with Matt Martucci and Joe Lunardi calling the action, will be available for free. Download the SJUHawks app and upgrade to the premium app to listen to the game on your mobile device.
There will not be streaming video due to the television broadcast.
• DeAndre’ Bembry scored a career-high 27 points, but it wasn’t enough as the Hawks fell to St. Bonaventure, 70-61. Bembry made a personal best six three-pointers in the game, while shooting 9-of-16 from the field.
• DeAndre’ Bembry leads the Atlantic 10 in scoring in conference games, with 19.2 ppg.
• Tonight starts a stretch of four consecutive games in Philadelphia for the Hawks. Included in this are back-to-back Big 5 games against Penn and La Salle. SJU returns to Hagan Arena to host first-year A-10 member Davidson on Jan. 31.
• SJU is 5-2 at Hagan Arena this year and won its last game here, on Jan. 14 vs. Fordham.
• Phil Martelli owns a 179-130 record in Atlantic 10 play, which is the most conference wins for any active coach.
• Tonight’s audio broadcast will be via streaming only, on SJUHawks.com.
LEADER OF THE PACK: DeAndre’ Bembry leads the Hawks in scoring (16.6), rebounding (6.6) and assists (2.9), as well as steals (1.8) and minutes played (37.6). He has scored double figures in 14 consecutive games and has scored 20-plus points in five of the last nine. Bembry reached a new career-high with 27 points at St. Bonaventure, which included a career-best six three-pointers. Bembry ranks among the top 20 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. In conference games, he’s averaging 10.6 points and 4.8 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 16.6 points and 6.6 rebounds. He ranks sixth in the Atlantic 10 in scoring, is 13th 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
• St. Bonaventure: Career-high 27 points, hitting 6 three-pointers
CONFERENCE CALL: DeAndre’ Bembry is averaging 19.2 points per game in Atlantic 10 contests, to lead the league. Aaron Brown is second on the team in A-10 scoring with 11.0 ppg, while Chris Wilson is averaging 10.6 points per game.
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 – 15.2 PPG; 6.0 RPG; 17 blocks, 53 assists
• D.J. Mason, Campbell – 12.7 PGG; 6.0 RPG; 16 blocks, 38 assists
• Caris LeVert, Michigan – 14.9 PPG; 4.9 RPG; 7 blocks; 67 assists
• Seth Tuttle, Northern Iowa – 14.9 PPG; 6.2 RPG; 11 blocks; 58 assists
• Ramone Snowden, Niagara – 11.6 PPG; 6.0 RPG; 9 blocks; 47 assists
• DeAndre’ Bembry, Saint Joseph’s – 16.6 PPG; 6.6 RPG; 17 blocks; 46 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 40.8 percent from the field, but if you look at their percentage of two-point field goal attempts, they’re shooting a solid 46.5 percent (280-for-601). The Hawks have struggled from three-point range, converting just 28.4 percent, and that has brought down their overall shooting percentage.
RACKING UP THE MILES: Isaiah Miles has put up double figures in eight 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 73.4 from the line in the final five minutes (regulation only). Isaiah Miles is the top Hawk from the line, converting 77.1 percent, followed by Aaron Brown at 76.2 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 37.6. He’s seen 601 minutes out of a possible 650 this season. Bembry has played all 40 minutes in four games, and played 44 of 45 minutes in the two overtime games.
DOUBLE VISION: DeAndre’ Bembry has scored double figures in 14 consecutive games, which is the longest streak of his career. He has only been held to single digits in two game - the FDU and Gonzaga losses.
HANDOUTS: Shavar Newkirk is second on the team in assists with 2.8 per game. The freshman has come off the bench in all 16 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 8.2 points in Atlantic 10 games thus far. Demery grabbed a career-high seven rebounds at St. Bonaventure.
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). At St. Bonaventure, SJU made a season-high nine three-pointers (in 21 attempts). Saint Joseph’s is shooting just 28.4 percent from beyond the arc this season and is averaging 17.4 atttempts per game and 4.9 three-point field goals made.
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. He was given another 10-day contract and in the first start of his career on Jan. 19, scored 21 points to help the Knicks end their 16-game losing strea. 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. 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 16.3 per game to rank 19th in the nation. SJU has had only seven disqualifications this year.
DEE-FENSE: Saint Joseph’s is allowing 65.6 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 57.2 points per game.
LOOKING AHEAD: Saint Joseph’s is in the midst of a stretch of four consecutive games in Philadelphia. The Hawks will then play two consecutive Philadelphia Big 5 games, taking on Penn at The Palestra on Jan. 24 and visiting La Salle on Jan. 27. The Hawks return to Hagan Arena to host first-year A-10 member Davidson on Jan. 31.