It will be a traditional Big 5 men's basketball game on Saturday night at the sold-out Palestra, when Saint Joseph's (8-9; 1-1 Big 5) takes on Penn (4-10; 0-3). Game time is 7 p.m.
The game will not be televised but streaming video will be available on the A-10 Digital Network. WATCH
The radio broadcast of the game will be carried on WFIL 560 AM with Matt Martucci and Joe Lunardi calling the action, with free audio streaming available on SJUHawks.com. LISTEN
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• DeAndre’ Bembry had 25 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, 5 steals and 3 blocked shots in the Hawks’ 62-56 win over UMass on Wednesday.
• DeAndre’ Bembry leads the Atlantic 10 in scoring in conference games, with 20.2 ppg.
• SJU is in the midst of a stretch of four consecutive games in Philadelphia. The Hawks will play their second Big 5 game in a row on Tuesday when they visit La Salle.
• Phil Martelli and his staff will be wearing sneakers today as part of Coaches vs. Cancer “Suits and Sneakers Week” to show their support for the fight against Cancer.
• Chris Wilson and Shavar Newkirk are both battling sprained ankles. Wilson is probable for tonight and Newkirk is questionable.
AST TIME OUT: DeAndre’ Bembry scored 25 points, and Isaiah Miles added 18, as Saint Joseph’s pulled away late to defeat Massachusetts, 62-56, at Hagan Arena. Bembry led the Hawks in every category, adding eight rebounds, seven assists, three blocks and a career-high five steals, while shooting 9-for-16 from the field, while Miles connected on 7-of-12 from the field for the Hawks, who improve to 8-9 and 2-4 in the Atlantic 10. Leading 50-49 with 4:45 to play, the Hawks scored nine in a row to break open the game. Aaron Brown had five points in that run and James Demery gave SJU its biggest lead of the contest, 59-49, as Bembry fed him for a breakaway dunk with 1:12 remaining. UMass cut it to 59-52 at :51, but Chris Wilson hit a pair of free throws at :25 to give the Hawks a 61-53 cushion. UMass answered with another three at :18 to cut the deficit to 61-56, but Bembry hit a free throw with 13 seconds left to provide the final margin. The game was close throughout, with 10 lead changes in the contest. After a 27-27 tie at halftime, Bembry scored the Hawks’ first 13 points of the second half. He connected on a three-pointer as the shot clock expired to tie the game at 38-38, and then went down the other end and recorded a block. But UMass answered back and the teams remained tied, 40-40 with over 12 minutes to go. Miles broke the tie on a layup after a no-look pass from Bembry, which gave SJU the lead for good, 42-40. The Hawks led at the start and were up, 21-14, after back-to-back three-pointers by Bembry and Miles. UMass then went on a 9-0 run to take its first lead of the game, 23-21. The teams traded leads the rest of the half and were tied, 27-27, at halftime
KEY TO THE CITY: The Hawks are 1-1 in the Big 5, as they defeated Temple and lost to Villanova. SJU will close out Big 5 play on Tuesday when it visits La Salle. Saint Joseph’s has won 20 Big 5 titles (9 outright/11 shared), which is third all-time to Temple’s 27 titles (6/21 shared). Last year, the Hawks went 1-3 in the Big 5, with the lone victory coming against Penn.
HOME AWAY FROM HOME: This is the only game that Saint Joseph’s will be playing at The Palestra this season. SJU has compiled a 334-164 record (.671) in over 60 years of play in the building.
A GOOD CAUSE: Coaches vs. Cancer Suits And Sneakers™ Awareness Week, a collaborative initiative of the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the American Cancer Society, is taking place this week, Jan. 19-25. During this week, more than 4,000 high school and college men’s basketball coaches, including Phil Martelli and the Hawks’ staff, will swap their dress shoes for sneakers with their usual game attire to demonstrate their support for the American Cancer Society’s efforts to finish the fight against cancer. The SJU staff will also be wearing pink socks to further support the “Sock it to Cancer” initiative.
LEADER OF THE PACK: DeAndre’ Bembry leads the Hawks in scoring (17.1), rebounding (6.7) and assists (3.1), as well as steals (2.0) and minutes played (37.6). He has scored double figures in 15 consecutive games and has scored 20-plus points in two straight and in six of the last 10. Bembry reached a new career-high with 27 points at St. Bonaventure, which included a career-best six three-pointers. He followed that with 25 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, three blocks and a career-high three steals in the win over Massachusetts. 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." After Bembry’s effort in the UMass win, Martelli said, “"If DeAndre' was on a team that had 13 to 14 wins, you'd be talking about him as an All-America candidate. This is phenomenal . . . I told him that the best player in the league wins this game. And if you have to do it, you have to do it. He leads our team in scoring, rebounding, three-point percentage . . . We're walking out of a league game and he has 25 (points), 8 (rebounds), 7 (assists), and 5 (steals). There are not a lot of guys that have played in this uniform that have those kinds of numbers in a game, let alone in a league game."
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. The senior, who has been hampered lately by a sprained ankle he suffered prior to the St. Bonaventure game, is averaging 9.5 points and 4.3 rebounds in A-10 play.
BEST OF BEMBRY: DeAndre’ Bembry is leading the Hawks and putting up the numbers worthy of national recognition. The sophomore is now averaging team-highs of 17.1 points and 6.5 rebounds. He is tied for third in the Atlantic 10 in scoring, is 11th in rebounding, is 12th in assists and fourth in steals per game.
CONFERENCE CALL: DeAndre’ Bembry leads the A-10 with his average of 20.2 points per game in conference contests. Aaron Brown is second on the team in A-10 scoring with 10.7 ppg.
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 ppg; 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 – 17.1 ppg; 6.7 rpg; 20 blocks; 53 assists
ON TARGET: The Hawks had their best shooting half of the season against UMass, when they converted 12-for-20 from the field (60 percent). SJU converted 11-for-14 two-point attempts in the half, something which should have pleased Phil Martelli. With a poor overall three-point shooting percentage (28.1), Martelli has stressed that the Hawks need to improve their two-point percentage.
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 639 minutes out of a possible 690 this season. Bembry has played all 40 minutes in four games, and played 44 of 45 minutes in the two overtime games.
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.
LOOKING AHEAD: Saint Joseph’s is in the midst of a stretch of four consecutive games in Philadelphia. The Hawks will play their second Big 5 game in a row by visiting La Salle on Jan. 27 and then return to Hagan Arena to host first-year A-10 member Davidson on Jan. 31. SJU goes back on the road to face Saint Louis on Feb. 3.