Saint Joseph's men's basketball team (12-15; 6-9 A-10) will face Richmond (16-12; 9-6) on Saturday evening at Hagan Arena. Game time is 7 p.m. and the contest will be televised on Comcast SportsNet (Pa.), SportsNet NY, and Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic Plus.
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• DeAndre’ Bembry scored a career-high 33 points, to go along with 14 rebounds, to lead Saint Joseph’s over Massachusetts, 82-71, to snap the Hawks’ eight-game road losing streak. Isaiah Miles scored 15 points, Chris Wilson added 13 and Aaron Brown had 11.
• DeAndre’ Bembry leads the Atlantic 10 in scoring in both overall games with 18.4 ppg and in conference games with 20.2 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 and 39.0 in conference games.
• A win tonight would give Phil Martelli 375 career victories. He holds the record for victories at Saint Joseph’s and owns a 184-135 record in Atlantic 10 play, which is the most conference wins for any active coach.
• SJU plays its final home game of the year against city rival La Salle Wednesday on “Senior Night”. Chris Wilson and Evan Maschmeyer will be honored prior to the game.
BEMBRY’S BEST: A-10 Player of the Year candidate DeAndre’ Bembry poured in a career-high 33 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in Saint Joseph’s win at UMass, 82-71, which snapped the Hawks’ eight-game road losing streak. Bembry shot 10-for-18 from the field, 3-for-4 from three-point range, and made a career-best 10-for-11 from the foul line. He also added four assists, a block and a steal, while notching his fifth double-double of the season. His point total was the highest for a Hawk since Langston Galloway had 31 points against Dayton in the 2014 A-10 Quarterfinals.
BOUNCING BACK: DeAndre’ Bembry rebounded in a big way from a disappointing finish in the overtime loss to St. Bonaventure, where he missed the front end of a one-and-one twice in the last 10 seconds of regulation. At UMass, Bembry went a career-best 10-for-11 from the foul line en route to a career-high 33 points in the Hawks’ 82-71 win. Prior to the UMass game, Bembry was shooting 60.2 percent from the line on the season.
QUICK WORK: One thing that’s even more impressive about DeAndre’ Bembry’s 33-point effort at UMass is that he didn’t score his first field goal until there was 10:02 left in the first half. By that time, he did have three points on free throws, so he scored 30 points in 30 minutes.
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 (18.4) and conference games (20.2) and tops the A-10 in minutes played.
SENIOR LEADERSHIP: Chris Wilson has been bothered by tendonitis in his right ankle since the Fordham game (Feb. 15) and wasn’t even sure if he would play at UMass until he went through pre-game warmups. But the senior was in the starting lineup and turned in a solid performance, making 3-of-5 three-pointers, to score 13 points for his second consecutive double-figure game. He also had a career-high four steals in the win.
FEAR THE ‘FRO IN FEBRUARY: During the month of February, DeAndre’ Bembry is averaging 20.1 points, 8.9 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.9 steals per game. He’s shooting 45.0 percent from the field and 35.5 percent from three-point range.
THREE FOR ALL: Despite being a sub-30 percent shooting team for the whole season, Saint Joseph’s has connected on 24-for-55 (43.6 percent) from behind the arc in the past three games. SJU shot a season-best 9-for-13 (69.2 percent) at UMass.
LEADER OF THE PACK: DeAndre’ Bembry leads the Hawks in scoring (18.4), rebounding (7.5) and assists (3.3), as well as steals (2.0) and minutes played (38.6). He has scored double figures in 24 consecutive games and has posted five double-doubles. Bembry achieved a new career-high with 33 points at Massachusetts, with a personal best 10-for-11 from the foul line. That eclipsed his previous career-high of 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.
CARRYING THE LOAD: DeAndre’ Bembry has taken 400 field goal attempts, which is 135 more than the closest teammate (Isaiah Miles), and is an average of 14.8 per game. His total ranks 24th in the nation for number of attempts. It is 27 percent of the team’s total number of shots, while he’s scoring 29 percent of the team’s points.
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 last Saturday’s loss to St. Bonaventure.
HOME COOKING: The Hawks are averaging 63.3 points per game at home and converting 41.1 percent from the field there, but just 28.3 percent from three-point range. SJU owns a 3-10 road record and is averaging 61.6 points per game, while owning a field goal percentage of 40.4 and a three-point perecentage of 32.8 in away contests.
FOUL BALL: Despite having a low number of personal fouls this season (16.9 per game), the Hawks have had a least one player disqualified in four straight games. Isaiah Miles and Javon Baumann have both fouled out in the past two contests.
IN GOOD COMPANY, PART II: DeAndre Bembry is averaging 20.2 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: 20.2 ppg
• Pat Carroll, ‘04-05: 19.5 ppg
• Ahmad Nivins, ‘08-09: 19.5 ppg
900 CLUB: DeAndre’ Bembry has already scored 910 points in 61 games for a career scoring average of 14.9 points per game.
MAKING THEM COUNT: Despite the team’s overall struggles from the foul line (62.2 percent), SJU does have two players shooting over 70 percent - Isaiah Miles at 72.7 percent and Aaron Brown at 72.1 percent. Miles is converting 75.0 percent in A-10 games.
LOOKING AHEAD: The Hawks play their final home game of the year against city rival La Salle on March 4, which is “Senior Day”. and then 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.