The Saint Joseph's men's basketball team returns home to host St. Bonaventure on Saturday night at Hagan Arena. Game time is 7 p.m. with the A-10 Network telecast on SportsNet NY and The Comcast Network (Pa.).
The radio broadcast of the game will be carried on WFIL 560 AM with Tom McCarthy and Joe Lunardi calling the action, with free audio streaming available on SJUHawks.com. LISTEN
Free video streaming of the game will be available on the A-10 Digital Network with a subscription.
• DeAndre’ Bembry and Isaiah Miles scored 23 points apiece, but the Hawks were edged by Dayton, 68-64, on Thursday night. Aaron Brown added 10 points and a career-high six assists.
• DeAndre’ Bembry leads the Atlantic 10 in scoring in both overall games with 18.0 ppg and in conference games with 19.6 per game. He ranks among the top 15 in the A-10 in 10 of 13 categories, both for overall games and conference contests
• The Hawks are in the midst of a five-game winning streak at Hagan Arena, with the last loss coming on January 3 vs. George Washington.
• Atlantic 10 Player of the Year candidate DeAndre’ Bembry ranks sixth in the nation in minutes played, averaging 38.2 per game.
• Phil Martelli owns a 183-134 record in Atlantic 10 play, which is the most conference wins for any active coach.
• Eighteen of the Hawks’ 25 games have been decided by 10 points or less while Saint Joseph’s is 6-7 in games that have winning margins of five points or less.
• SJU goes on the road again on Wednesday at Massachusetts before playing the final two home games of the year against Richmond (Feb. 28) and La Salle (March 4).
LAST TIME WE MET: DeAndre’ Bembry scored a career-high 27 points, but St. Bonaventure came away with a 70-61 win at the Reilly Center on Jan. 18. The sophomore hit a career-best 6-of-9 three-pointers, while shooting 9-of-16 from the field. Isaiah Miles added 10 points and six rebounds. Saint Joseph’s led the entire first half but SBU took its first lead of the game at the 15:22 mark of the second half, 37-35. After SJU cut it to one, SBU went on a 10-2 run to take its largest lead of the game, 48-39, with 10:42 to go. Saint Joseph’s scored the next seven points to close within a bucket at 48-46 at the nine-minute mark. With the Bonnies ahead by four and less than six minutes remaining, Miles hit a three to cut the margin to 55-54. SBU answered with five straight to go up, 60-54, with 2:45 to go. Miles answered with another three on the next possession to close the gap to three at 60-57. The Bonnies hit four free throws to take 64-57 lead with less than a minute to play. Bembry answered with a driving layup and was fouled; he converted the three-point play to get SJU back within four at 64-60 with 48.1 seconds left. SBU hit two more free throws, and after a long-range miss from Miles, the Bonnies hit two more to extend the lead to 68-60 and put the game out of reach.
CONFERENCE CALL: Atlantic 10 Player of the Year candidate DeAndre’ Bembry ranks among the top 15 in the A-10 in 10 of 13 categories for both overall games and conference games only. He leads the league in scoring in both overall (18.0) and conference games (19.6) 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 10 games. Since his career-high 27-point effort at St. Bonaventure, Bembry is averaging 21.1 points, 8.2 rebounds. 3.6 assists and 2.3 steals per game.
LEADER OF THE PACK: DeAndre’ Bembry leads the Hawks in scoring (18.0), rebounding (7.3) and assists (3.2), as well as steals (2.0) and minutes played (38.3). He has scored double figures in 22 consecutive games with double-doubles in three of the last six 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. At Dayton, Bembry had 23 points and nine rebounds.
THREE’S COMPANY: For the second game in a row, Saint Joseph’s got off to a good start from three-point range at Dayton. Isaiah Miles made three of his first four attempts and the Hawks shot a season-best 7-for-12 in the first half (58.3 percent). The Hawks cooled off a bit in the second, hitting only 2-of-7, but finished the game at 47.4 percent. Miles connected on a career-best 5-of-9 from beyond the arc.
NO PLACE LIKE HOME: The Hawks are 9-3 at home this year (including a “home” game loss at The Palestra vs. Penn), and are in the midst of a five-game winning streak at Hagan Arena. SJU’s last loss in Hagan Arena was a 64-60 decision to George Washington on January 3.
HOME COOKING: The Hawks are averaging 63.6 points per game at home and converting 41.5 percent from the field at home, but just 28.5 percent from three-point range. SJU owns a 2-10 road record and is scoring just 59.9 points per game, while owning a field goal percentage of 39.8 and a three-point perecentage of 30.6 in away contests.
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 been back in the starting lineup for the last four games. He scored 11 points in the win over Rhode Island.
LINEUP CHANGE #2: The Hawks went with a smaller lineup at Dayton, as Javon Baumann missed the start for the first time this year. Aaron Brown and James Demery both started for the Hawks, along with the regulars Isaiah Miles, Chris Wilson and DeAndre’ Bembry.
IN GOOD COMPANY: DeAndre’ Bembry’s overall scoring average of 18.0 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: 18.0 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 19.6 ppg in Atlantic 10 games, a number which ranks as the third 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
• DeAndre’ Bembry ‘14-15: 19.6 ppg
• Pat Carroll, ‘04-05: 19.5 ppg
• Ahmad Nivins, ‘08-09: 19.5 ppg
800 NUMBER: DeAndre’ Bembry has already scored 862 points in his career for an average of 14.6 points per game.
LOOKING AHEAD: Saint Joseph’s goes back on the road on February 25 for a second meeting with Massachusetts. The Hawks return home for the final two home games of the year, facing Richmond on Feb. 28 and La Salle on March 4, which is “Senior Day”.