The Saint Joseph's men's basketball team will look for its fifth straight win on its homecourt when the Hawks host Rhode Island on Wednesday, February 11 at Hagan Arena. Game time is 7 p.m.
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• DeAndre’ Bembry had 14 points and 11 rebounds in the 58-54 win over George Mason for his third consecutive double-double. Aaron Brown added 11 points as the Hawks sealed the win in the final minute of play. Eight of nine Hawks reached the scoring columns in the victory.
• DeAndre’ Bembry leads the Atlantic 10 in scoring in both overall games with 17.7 ppg and in conference games with 19.5.
• The Hawks are 7-2 in Hagan Arena this season and own a four-game winning streak in the building.
• Phil Martelli owns a 182-132 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 (17.7), rebounding (7.5) and assists (3.1), as well as steals (2.0) and minutes played (38.1). He has scored double figures in 19 consecutive games with three straight double-doubles. 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.
SUPER SOPH: DeAndre’ Bembry averaged 20.5 points, 12.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 3.0 steals to earn Big 5 Player of the Week and National Jesuit Player of the Week honors for Feb. 2. 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 - he went back with Demery for the George Mason game.
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."
700 CLUB: DeAndre’ Bembry has already scored 802 points in his career. That’s an average of 14.3 points per game.
WHAT BROWN CAN DO FOR YOU: Aaron Brown scored 41 points in 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. He came off the bench in the George Mason win, scoring 11 points. Brown has posted double figures 12 times this year and is the team’s third leading scorer with 10.4 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 7.4 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 seven games. Since his career-high 27-point effort at St. Bonaventure, Bembry is averaging 21.6 points, 9.0 rebounds. 3.4 assists and 2.2 steals per game.
BALANCING ACT: The Hawks turned in a balanced scoring effort vs. George Mason with eight of nine players reaching the scoring column.
FREE THROW WOES: Saint Joseph’s has struggled at the foul line all season (62.0 percent), and they recorded one of the lowest totals of the season with the 16-of-31 effort in the win over George Mason. Fortunately for the Hawks, Chris Wilson made 3-of-4 in the final 29 seconds to help seal the win.
CONFERENCE CALL: DeAndre’ Bembry leads the A-10 with his scoring average of 19.5 points per game in conference contests. Aaron Brown is second on the team in A-10 scoring with 11.8 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 totaled 16 blocks in the past five games and owns a team-high 29 on the season, as the Hawks rank third in the A-10 and 48th nationally with 4.7 blocks per game.
LOOKING AHEAD: Saint Joseph’s goes on the road for two consecutive contests, meeting Fordham for the second time this season on February 15, and heading to Dayton on February 18. The Hawks’ next home game is the second meeting of the year with St. Bonaventure on February 21.