Coming off its win over Davidson, the Saint Joseph's men's basketball team (9-11; 3-5 A-10) will visit Saint Louis (9-12; 1-7 A-10) on Tuesday night, February 3. Game time from Chaifetz Arena is 7:30 p.m. Eastern (6:30 p.m. Central), with the national telecast on the CBS Sports Network.
The radio broadcast of the game will be carried on WNTP 990 AM with Matt Martucci and Joe Lunardi calling the action, with free audio streaming available on SJUHawks.com. Due to the television broadcast, there is no video streaming. LISTEN
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• DeAndre’ Bembry had 21 points, a career-high 17 rebounds and seven assists in the 75-70 win over Davidson on Saturday. Aaron Brown scored a career-high 20 points in his first start of the season, while Isaiah Miles added 13 points and James Demery scored 10.
• DeAndre’ Bembry leads the Atlantic 10 in scoring in conference games with 20.3 ppg. He is also tied for the league lead in 3-pointers made in A-10 games with 2.9 per game.
• DeAndre’ Bembry averaged 20.5 points, 12.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 3.0 steals in last week.
• The Hawks are looking to snap an eight-game losing streak vs. the Billikens. SJU’s last win over SLU came in the 2006 Atlantic 10 Quarterfinals. Saint Joseph’s has only one win in five tries here in St. Louis.
• Phil Martelli owns a 181-131 record in Atlantic 10 play, which is the most conference wins for any active coach.
• Tonight’s game is part of the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight, which raises awareness of Jesuit education.
ADER OF THE PACK: DeAndre’ Bembry leads the Hawks in scoring (17.8), rebounding (7.1) and assists (3.1), as well as steals (2.1) and minutes played (37.8). He has scored double figures in 17 consecutive games and has scored 20-plus points in five straight games and 10 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, scored 25 points vs. Penn and had 20 at La Salle. Bembry had one of his finest games in the win over Davidson with 20 points, 17 rebounds, and seven assists, with just one turnover in 39 minutes of action.
SUPER SOPH: DeAndre’ Bembry averaged 20.5 points, 12.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 3.0 steals in last week. The sophomore had 21 points, a career-high 17 rebounds and seven assists in the Hawks’ 75-70 win over Davidson. He shot 53.6 percent (15-for-28) from the field on the week and converted 54.5 percent (6-11) from three-point range. He also had 20 points and 7 rebounds and tied his career-high with five steals in a loss at La Salle. After his performance vs. Davidson, Phil Martelli said, “People say he’s a horse and we’re riding him. He’s a pack of horses, or whatever they call it – a herd. He’s the whole herd... The season he’s turning in is really going to end up in the annals here, not just at Saint Joseph’s, but in Philadelphia. “
WEEKLY HONORS: DeAndre’ Bembry was named the Atlantic 10 Co-Player of the Week and the Big 5 Player of the Week last week (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 was the first conference Player of the Week honor for Bembry, but last season, he was chosen the Rookie of the Week twice.
LINEUP CHANGE: Phil Martelli altered the starting lineup for the first time this year against Davidson and it produced results. Aaron Brown replaced James Demery in the starting lineup and responded with a career-high 20 points on 7-for-13 shooting. The junior also connected on a pair of free throws with 20 seconds left to help seal the win. Demery came off the bench to post 10 points and five rebounds. He hit two free throws in the last 43 seconds as Davidson was closing in and grabbed the rebound on the Wildcats’ last chance.
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."
DEE-FENSE: Davidson came into Hagan Arena averaging 81.9 points per game and the Hawk defense held them to just 70 points. It was the Wildcats’ third lowest total of the season.
RALLY CAPS: Saint Joseph’s rallied from a 13-point deficit at halftime against Davidson to earn the 75-70 win. It marked the largest deficit overcome this season. The Hawks scored the first 11 points of the second half, which was the first part of a 20-3 run that allowed them to take a 48-44 lead with over 12 minutes to play.
WHAT BROWN CAN DO FOR YOU: Junior Aaron Brown has notched double figures 10 times this year. Brown had a then-career-high 15 points and seven rebounds in the win over LIU Brooklyn as he shot a team-best 7-for-9 from the foul line. He then matched that effort with 15 points at Duquesne. He also had a 13-point, five-rebound effort in the win over Vermont and scored 12 in the win over Fordham. He made his first start against Davidson and scored a career-high 20 points in a season-best 33 minutes of action. The junior, in his first year playing at Saint Joseph’s after transferring from West Virginia, is the team’s third leading scorer with 9.8 ppg.
CONFERENCE CALL: DeAndre’ Bembry leads the A-10 with his average of 20.3 points per game in conference contests. Aaron Brown is second on the team in A-10 scoring with 10.8 ppg.
BAUMANN’S BLOCKS: Javon Baumann recorded a career-high five blocked shots against Penn and then followed that with the same number at La Salle. He has a team-high 25 on the season, as the Hawks rank second in the A-10 with 4.8 per game.
700 CLUB: DeAndre’ Bembry has already scored 759 points in his career. That’s an average of 14.1 points per game.
JAMES’ GAME: 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. Demery also grabbed a career-high seven rebounds at St. Bonaventure. After starting 19 games, the freshman came off the bench against Davidson and responded with 10 points and five rebounds.
LOOKING AHEAD: Saint Joseph’s returns home for a pair of games against George Mason (Feb. 7) and Rhode Island (Feb. 11). The Hawks then play two straight on the road - at Fordham (Feb. 15) and at Dayton (Feb. 18).