The Saint Joseph's men's basketball team (9-12; 3-6 A-10) returns home to host George Mason (7-14; 2-7) on Saturday, February 7 at Hagan Arena. Game time is 4 p.m.
Free streaming video of the game will be offered on SJUHawks.com and the A-10 Digital Network.
The game will only be televised in the D.C./Virginia area by the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network.
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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• Aaron Brown scored a career-high 21 points but the Hawks fell to Saint Louis, 68-61, in overtime on Tuesday night. DeAndre’ Bembry had 19 points and 12 rebounds for his second consecutive double-double.
• DeAndre’ Bembry leads the Atlantic 10 in scoring in overall games with 17.9 ppg and in conference games with 20.1.
• The Hawks are 6-2 in Hagan Arena this season.
• DeAndre’ Bembry was named the Big 5 Player of the Week on Feb. 2 for the second week in a row, as he averaged 20.5 points, 12.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 3.0 steals in two games.
• Phil Martelli owns a 181-132 record in Atlantic 10 play, which is the most conference wins for any active coach.
LEADER OF THE PACK: DeAndre’ Bembry leads the Hawks in scoring (17.9), rebounding (7.3) and assists (3.1), as well as steals (1.9) and minutes played (38.1). He has scored double figures in 18 consecutive games and has scored 20-plus points in five of the last six 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 last week to earn Big 5 Player of the Week and National Jesuit Player of the Week honors. It was his second straight Big 5 honor. 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 from the field on the week and converted 54.5 percent from three-point range. He also had 20 points and seven 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.
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. The Hawks used the same starters at Saint Louis and Brown bettered his career-high with 21 points in the overtime loss. Phil Martelli said that the matchup with the opponent will dictate whether Brown or Demery starts.
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."
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.
700 CLUB: DeAndre’ Bembry has already scored 788 points in his career. That’s an average of 14.3 points per game.
WHAT BROWN CAN DO FOR YOU: Aaron Brown has scored 41 points in the past two games as a starter, recording career-highs in both. The junior made the first start of his career against Davidson and scored a personal best 20 points in a season-best 33 minutes of action. He then bettered that career-high in the next game, scoring 21 points in 39 minutes in the overtime loss at Saint Louis. Brown has posted double figures 11 times this year and is the team’s third leading scorer with 10.3 ppg.
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 7.3 points and 4.3 rebounds in A-10 play, had a career-high 10 rebounds vs. Penn. Wilson handed out a season-high seven assists at La Salle.
FEAR THE ‘FRO: DeAndre’ Bembry has put up impressive all-around numbers as of late, particularly in the last six games. Since his career-high 27-point effort at St. Bonaventure, Bembry is averaging 22.8 points, 8.7 rebounds. 3.3 assists and 2.2 steals per game. He’s connecting on 52.1 percent (50-96) from the field and 50 percent (17-34) from three-point range. The only aspect of his game that’s below par is his free-throw shooting (55.6 percent).
RACKING UP THE MILES: Isaiah Miles has put up double figures in 11 games this year, while bettering his career-high in points three times. After establishing a new personal best with 20 points against Temple, he eclipsed 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 10.5 points per game.
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 17.9 points and 7.3 rebounds. He leads the Atlantic 10 in scoring in both overall and conference games (20.1); ranks eighth in rebounding overall (7.3) and seventh in A-10 games (8.3).
CONFERENCE CALL: DeAndre’ Bembry leads the A-10 with his scoring average of 20.1 points per game in conference contests. Aaron Brown is second on the team in A-10 scoring with 11.9 ppg.
A SELECT GROUP: DeAndre’ Bembry is one of three players in the nation who lead their teams in points, rebounds, assists, and either steals or blocks. The list is as follows:
• DeAndre’ Bembry, Saint Joseph’s– 17.9 ppg; 7.3 rpg; 64 asts, 41 steals
• Karl Cochran, Wofford – 14.9 ppg; 5.8 rpg; 21 blocks, 67 assists, 45 steals
• Caris LeVert, Michigan – 14.9 ppg; 4.9 rpg; 67 assists, 32 steals
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 totaled 16 blocks in the past four games and now has a team-high 29 on the season, as the Hawks rank second in the A-10 with 4.9 blocks per game.
LOOKING AHEAD: Saint Joseph’s plays its second straight home game, hosting Rhode Island on Feb. 11. The Hawks then go on the road for two consecutive contests - at Fordham (Feb. 15) and at Dayton (Feb. 18).