The Saint Joseph's men's basketball team (11-15; 5-9 A-10) heads to Massachusetts (16-11; 9-5) for a second meeting of the teams on Wednesday, February 25. Game time at the Mullins Center is 7 p.m. with the telecast on The Comcast Network (Pa.), SportsNet NY and the New England Sports Network.
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• Chris Wilson scored 20 points, and DeAndre’ Bembry had 15, but the Hawks had their five-game home winning streak come to an end with the 70-60 overtime loss vs. St. Bonaventure.
• DeAndre’ Bembry leads the Atlantic 10 in scoring in both overall games with 17.8 ppg and in conference games with 19.3 per game. He ranks among the top 15 in the A-10 in 10 of 13 categories, both for overall games and conference contests.
• Atlantic 10 Player of the Year candidate DeAndre’ Bembry ranks third in the nation in minutes played, averaging 38.6 per game.
• Phil Martelli owns a 183-135 record in Atlantic 10 play, which is the most conference wins for any active coach.
• Nineteen of the Hawks’ 26 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.
• The Hawks are looking to break an eight-game road losing streak which dates back to Dec. 29.
• Saint Joseph’s will be wearing white uniforms tonight since UMass is wearing its alternative black uniform.
• SJU plays its final two home games of the year against Richmond (Feb. 28) and La Salle (March 4), which is “Senior Day”.
LAST TIME WE MET: DeAndre’ Bembry had one of the best games of his career as SJU defeated Massachusetts, 62-56, at Hagan Arena on Jan. 21.
Bembry scored 25 points and led the Hawks in every category, adding eight rebounds, seven assists, three blocks and a career-high five steals, while shooting 9-for-16 from the field. Isaiah Miles also added 18, connecting on 7-of-12 from the field for the Hawks. Leading 50-49 with 4:45 to play, the Hawks scored nine in a row to break open the game. (more on page 20)
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 (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 11 games. Since his career-high 27-point effort at St. Bonaventure, Bembry is averaging 20.5 points, 8.0 rebounds. 3.8 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 (3.3), as well as steals (2.0) and minutes played (38.6). He has scored double figures in 23 consecutive games with four double-doubles. Bembry reached a new career-high with 27 points at St. Bonaventure (Jan. 18), 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.
CARRYING THE LOAD: DeAndre’ Bembry has taken 382 field goal attempts, which is 130 more than the closest teammate (Isaiah Miles), and is an average of 14.7 per game. His total ranks 35th in the nation for number of attempts. It’s also 26 percent of the Hawks’ total number.
NO PLACE LIKE HOME: The Hawks are 9-4 at home this year (including a “home” game loss at The Palestra vs. Penn), and had their five-game winning streak at Hagan Arena end with Saturday’s loss to St. Bonaventure.
ROAD WOES: Saint Joseph’s has lost eight consecutive games on the road, with seven of them coming in Atlantic 10 play. The Hawks’ last win on the road was a victory at Marist on Dec. 20.
HOME COOKING: The Hawks are averaging 63.3 points per game at home and converting 41.1 percent from the field at home, but just 28.3 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.
OFF TARGET: Free-throw shooting has been the Hawks’ Achilles heel all season long, but it cost them the game against St. Bonaventure (Feb. 21). SJU shot 8-for-17 from the line in that game (47.1 percent), the third lowest percentage of the season.
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.
N 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 877 points in his career for an average of 14.6 points per game.
MAKING THEM COUNT: Despite the team’s overall struggles from the foul line (61.6 percent), SJU does have two players shooting over 70 percent - Isaiah Miles at 74.5 percent and Aaron Brown at 72.6 percent. Miles is converting 79.2 percent in A-10 games.
MAN IN THE MIDDLE: In the recent game with St. Bonaventure, Javon Baumann held Bonnies’ center Youssou Ndoye to an 0-for-4 effort from the field. Unfortunately for the Hawks, Baumann played just 14 minutes because of foul trouble and Ndoye ended up going 11-for-12 from the foul line to help SBU to the overtime win.
LOOKING AHEAD: 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”. SJU closes out the regular season on March 7 at Rhode Island. The Atlantic 10 Championship runs from March 11-15 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.