The Saint Joseph's men's basketball team heads to Dayton on Thursday for a nationally-televised contest on ESPNU. Game time at the University of Dayton Arena is 6 p.m.
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. The pre-game show begins at 5:45 p.m. LISTEN
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• DeAndre’ Bembry reached double figures for the 21st consecutive game, but Saint Joseph’s fell to Fordham, 69-55, at Rose Hill Gym to snap the Hawks’ two-game winning streak. Bembry led SJU with 18 points, while Isaiah Miles added 12.
• DeAndre’ Bembry leads the Atlantic 10 in scoring in both overall games with 17.8 ppg and in conference games with 19.3. He ranks among the top 15 in the A-10 in 10 of 13 categories, both for overall games and conference games.
• The Hawks have lost seven in a row on the road, and six straight A-10 road games.
• DeAndre’ Bembry ranks sixth in the nation in minutes played, averaging 38.2 per game.
• SJU defeated Dayton three times last season and is the last team to beat the Flyers here in UD Arena, with a 60-57 win on January 29, 2014.
• Phil Martelli owns a 183-132 record in Atlantic 10 play, which is the most conference wins for any active coach.
• The Hawks have a very quick turnaround after this game, returning home to face St. Bonaventure on Saturday night.
LAST TIME WE MET: Saint Joseph’s has won three in a row against Dayton, with all three victories coming during the Hawks’ A-10 Championship season in 2013-14. SJU won the first meeting of the teams here in Dayton, 60-57, on a three-pointer by Langston Galloway with 1.8 seconds remaining. It was the first game-winning shot of his SJU career and it snapped an eight-game losing streak for the Hawks in Dayton. Saint Joseph’s then defeated the Flyers in Hagan Arena, 79-53, in one of its most complete games of the year as Ronald Roberts, Jr., scored 22 points and Chris Wilson had a then-career-high 20 points. The Hawks then defeated Dayton in the A-10 Quarterfinals, 70-67, as Galloway scored 31 points and hit the game-winning three-pointer at :19 left.
CONFERENCE CALL: DeAndre’ Bembry ranks among the top 15 in the Atlantic 10 in 10 of 13 categories for both overall games and conference games only. He leads the league in scoring in both overall (17.8) and conference games (19.3) 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 nine games. Since his career-high 27-point effort at St. Bonaventure, Bembry is averaging 20.8 points, 8.1 rebounds. 3.4 assists and 2.3 steals per game.
LEADER OF THE PACK: DeAndre’ Bembry leads the Hawks in scoring (17.8), rebounding (7.3) and assists (3.1), as well as steals (2.0) and minutes played (38.2). He has scored double figures in 21 consecutive games with double-doubles in three of the last five games. Bembry reached a new career-high with 27 points at St. Bonaventure, which included a career-best six three-pointers. He 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.
ROZEN: After a very hot start from the perimeter, Saint Joseph’s cooled off at Fordham, leading to the 69-55 loss. Right out of the gate, the Hawks made five of their first seven three-point attempts, taking a 15-11 lead. But SJU went cold after that, hitting just 2-of-21 from three-point range the rest of the way. The Hawks also suffered from a six-minute scoring drought late in the first half. In the game, SJU made just 13-of-30 two-point attempts. It was the largest margin in either a win or loss for the Hawks since the first meeting with Fordham on Jan. 14.
ROAD WOES: Saint Joseph’s has lost seven consecutive games on the road, with six of them coming in Atlantic 10 play. The Hawks’ last win on the road was a victory at Marist on Dec. 20.
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.
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 three games and scored 11 points in the win over Rhode Island.
IN GOOD COMPANY: DeAndre’ Bembry’s overall scoring average of 17.8 already ranks as one of the best season averages in the last 12 years of SJU basketball. Here’s the list of the top seven:
• Jameer Nelson, ‘03-04: 20.6 ppg
• Jameer Nelson, ‘02-03: 19.7 ppg
• Ahmad Nivins, ‘08-09: 19.2 ppg
• Delonte West, ‘03-04: 18.9 ppg
• Pat Carroll, ‘04-05: 18.3 ppg
• DeAndre’ Bembry, ‘14-15: 17.8 ppg
• Langston Galloway, ‘13-14: 17.7
His current average is also the 10th highest in school history for a player in their second season at Saint Joseph’s.
IN GOOD COMPANY, PART II: DeAndre Bembry is averaging 19.3 ppg in Atlantic 10 games, a number which ranks as the fifth best in the last 12 years at Saint Joseph’s. Three of those players - Jameer Nelson, Pat Carroll and Ahmad Nivins - earned the A-10’s Player of the Year Award in those seasons. Here’s where Bembry ranks:
• Delonte West, ‘02-03: 21.1 ppg
• Jameer Nelson, ‘03-04: 20.8 ppg
• Pat Carroll, ‘04-05: 19.5 ppg
• Ahmad Nivins, ‘08-09: 19.5 ppg
• DeAndre’ Bembry ‘14-15: 19.3 ppg
800 NUMBER: DeAndre’ Bembry has already scored 839 points in his career for an average of 14.4 points per game.
LOOKING AHEAD: Saint Joseph’s returns home and has a quick turnaround, hosting St. Bonaventure on Saturday in the second meeting of the year. The Hawks then go back on the road on February 25 for a second game against Massachusetts.