The Saint Joseph's men's basketball team (11-12: 5-6 A-10) will look for its third win in a row when it visits Fordham (6-16; 1-10) on Sunday, February 15 in a nationally-televised contest on the NBC Sports Network. Game time from Rose Hill Gymnasium is 2:30 p.m.
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• Chris Wilson drained a three-pointer from the baseline with seven seconds remaining to lift Saint Joseph’s to a 65-64 come-from-behind win over Rhode Island on Wednesday. DeAndre’ Bembry led the Hawks with 19 points and nine rebounds while Isaiah Miles added 10 points on 3-for-4 shooting from three-point range. James Demery scored 11 points and Wilson added 10.
• DeAndre’ Bembry leads the Atlantic 10 in scoring in both overall games with 17.7 ppg and in conference games with 19.5. He ranks among the top 15 in the A-10 in 10 of 13 categories.
• The Hawks own a two-game winning streak, but have lost six in a row on the road.
• This is the second meeting of SJU and Fordham and the second game in a row for the Hawks against a “Rams” team (previous game with Rhode Island). SJU defeated Fordham earlier this season, 66-55, behind a career-high 23 points from Chris Wilson.
• Phil Martelli owns a 183-132 record in Atlantic 10 play, which is the most conference wins for any active coach.
• Today’s game is part of the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight, which raises awareness of Jesuit education.
WINNING WITH WILSON: Chris Wilson created a memory for his senior year when he hit the game-winning three-pointer against Rhode Island. The Hawks trailed, 64-63, and Wilson missed a three-point attempt at the top of the key at :12 but Javon Baumann grabbed the rebound, and Wilson made the winning three from the corner at :07 to give SJU the 65-64 victory. The senior came through at the end of the previous game, hitting 3-of-4 free throws in the final 30 seconds, as the Hawks defeated George Mason.
CONFERENCE CALL: DeAndre’ Bembry ranks among the top 15 in the Atlantic 10 in 10 of 13 categories. He leads the league in scoring in both overall (17.7) and conference games (19.5) and tops the A-10 in minutes played.
FEAR THE ‘FRO: DeAndre’ Bembry has put up impressive all-around numbers as of late, particularly in the last eight games. Since his career-high 27-point effort at St. Bonaventure, Bembry is averaging 21.3 points, 9.0 rebounds. 3.5 assists and 2.4 steals per game.
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 (38.3). He has scored double figures in 20 consecutive games with double-doubles in three of four games. Bembry reached a new career-high with 27 points at St. Bonaventure, which included a career-best six three-pointers. 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. He narrowly missed his fourth straight double-double as he had 19 points and nine rebounds against Rhode Island.
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 which player starts. Demery has started the last two games and scored 11 points in the win over Rhode Island.
700 CLUB: DeAndre’ Bembry has already scored 821 points in his career for an average of 14.4 points per game.
A SELECT GROUP: DeAndre’ Bembry is one of four 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 – 17.7 ppg; 7.5 rpg; 72 asts, 47 steals
• Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin – 17.3 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 58 asts, 38 blocks
• Karl Cochran, Wofford – 14.8 ppg; 5.8 rpg; 71 assists, 50 steals, 22 blocks
• Sean Tuttle, Northern Iowa - 16.0 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 80 assists, 15 blocks
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 18 blocks in the past six games and owns a team-high 31 on the season, as the Hawks rank third in the A-10 and 42nd nationally with 4.8 blocks per game.
IN GOOD COMPANY: DeAndre’ Bembry’s scoring average of 17.7 already ranks as one of the best season averages in the last 12 years of SJU basketball. His current average is also the 10th highest in school history for a player in their second season at Saint Joseph’s.
IRON MAN: DeAndre’ Bembry leads the Atlantic 10 and is ranked fifth in the nation in minutes played per game, with an average of 38.3. He’s played 879 minutes out of a possible 935 this season. Bembry has played all 40 minutes in six games, and seen 133 minutes of a possible 135 in the three overtime games.
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 10.1 ppg. He is second on the squad in scoring in A-10 games with an 11.2 average.
CALLING ON CHRIS: On the day before the Fordham game on Jan. 14, 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 7.6 points and 4.2 rebounds in A-10 play, had a career-high 10 rebounds vs. Penn. Wilson handed out a season-high seven assists at La Salle and had 10 points, including the game-winning shot, against Rhode Island.
LOOKING AHEAD: Saint Joseph’s plays its second consecutive road game when it travels to Dayton on Thursday for an ESPNU broadcast. The Hawks then return home with a quick turnaround, hosting St. Bonaventure on February 21 in the second meeting of the year.