The Saint Joseph's men's basketball game at La Salle will take place as originally scheduled on Tuesday, January 27 at Tom Gola Arena. Game time is 7 p.m. with the telecast on The Comcast Network, SportsNet NY and Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic.
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• DeAndre’ Bembry had 25 points in the Hawks’ 56-52 loss to Penn on Saturday night. It marked the third straight game in which Bembry scored 20-plus points.
• DeAndre’ Bembry, the Atlantic 10 Co-Player of the Week for Jan. 26, leads the Atlantic 10 in scoring in conference games, with 20.2 ppg. He is also tied for the league lead in 3-pointers made in A-10 games with 3.0 per game.
• SJU is in the midst of a stretch of four consecutive games in Philadelphia. The Hawks return to Hagan Arena on Saturday when they host new A-10 member Davidson at noon.
• DeAndre’ Bembry is the leading scorer in the Big 5 with 17.5 ppg.
• The teams will meet twice this season, but tonight’s game counts in the Big 5 standings. It is the final Big 5 game for the Hawks, as they defeated Temple, but lost to Villanova and Penn. La Salle and SJU will meet again on March 4 at Hagan Arena.
• Phil Martelli owns a 180-130 record in Atlantic 10 play, which is the most conference wins for any active coach.
KEY TO THE CITY: The Hawks are 1-2 in the Big 5, as they defeated Temple and lost to Villanova and Penn. 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.
WEEKLY HONORS: DeAndre’ Bembry has been named the Atlantic 10 Co-Player of the Week for Jan. 26, for his first honor of the year. The sophomore averaged 25.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 3.0 blocks and 2.0 steals in the Hawks’ 1-1 week. He filled up the boxscore in the win over UMass, posting 25 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, three blocks and a career-high five steals, and followed that with 25 points against Penn. It is the first conference Player of the Week honor for Bembry, but last season, he was chosen the Rookie of the Week twice.
LEADER OF THE PACK: DeAndre’ Bembry leads the Hawks in scoring (17.5), rebounding (6.5) and assists (3.1), as well as steals (1.9) and minutes played (37.7). He has scored double figures in 15 consecutive games and has scored 20-plus points in three straight and seven times this year. 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 five steals in the win over Massachusetts and had 25 points vs. Penn. 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." 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. The senior, who is averaging 9.5 points and 4.3 rebounds in A-10 play, had a career-high 10 rebounds vs. Penn.
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 17.5 points and 6.5 rebounds. He is second in the Atlantic 10 in scoring, is 13th in rebounding, 12th in assists and fourth in steals per game.
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 made 11-for-14 two-point attempts in the half, something which should have pleased Phil Martelli. With a poor overall three-point shooting percentage (27.6), Martelli has stressed that the Hawks need to improve their two-point percentage.
BAUMANN’S BLOCKS: Javon Baumann recorded a career-high five blocked shots against Penn. He has 17 on the season, as the Hawks rank third in the A-10 with 4.6 per game.
700 CLUB: DeAndre’ Bembry has already scored more than 700 points in his career and currently has 728 points.
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.
TIME CHANGE: The starting time for the Saint Joseph’s game with Davidson at Hagan Arena on Saturday has been moved to noon. The game will be televised nationally on the NBC Sports Network.
LOOKING AHEAD: Saint Joseph’s closes out its stretch of four consecutive games in Philadelphia by hosting first-year A-10 member Davidson on Saturday, Jan. 31. SJU goes back on the road on Feb. 3 to face Saint Louis and then returns home for games against George Mason (Feb. 7) and Rhode Island.