The Saint Joseph's men's basketball team (12-1; 6-10 A-10) will play its final home game of the season on Wednesday, when its hosts city rival La Salle (15-14; 7-9) at 7 p.m. at Hagan Arena. The game will be televised nationally on the CBS Sports Network.
It will be "Senior Night" as players Chris Wilson and Evan Maschmeyer will be honored prior to the game (approximately 6:45 p.m.) along with Hawk mascot Brian Lafferty and student managers Thomas Boyle, Derek DeNote, Chuck Gallagher, Alexis Hopper and Matthew Karliner.
The audio broadcast of the game can be heard on SJUHawks.com, with Matt Martucci and Joe Lunardi calling the action. This game will not air on radio. LISTEN
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• The Hawks fell to Richmond, 63-57 on Saturday night despite coming back from a 14-point deficit to tie the game. Aaron Brown had 15 points and Chris Wilson scored 10. DeAndre’ Bembry was held below double figures for the first time in 25 games, but had a game-high 12 rebounds.
• DeAndre’ Bembry, who was named the Big 5 Player of the Week for the third time, leads the Atlantic 10 in scoring in both overall games with 18.0 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 second in the nation in minutes played, averaging 38.7 per game and 39.1 in conference games.
• A win tonight would give Phil Martelli his 375th career victory. He holds the record for wins at Saint Joseph’s and owns a 184-136 record in Atlantic 10 play, which is the most conference wins for any active coach.
• It’s “Senior Night” and seniors Chris Wilson and Evan Maschmeyer will be honored prior to the game, along with SJU’s managers and the Hawk mascot, Brian Lafferty.
• Saint Joseph’s closes out the regular season at Rhode Island on Saturday afternoon.
LAST TIME WE MET: DeAndre' Bembry scored a game-high 20 points but it wasn't enough as Saint Joseph's fell to La Salle, 53-48, at Gola Arena on Jan. 27, in the game that counted in the Big 5 standings. Saint Joseph's led for much of the game, but the Explorers retook the lead, 43-41, with six minutes to play. The teams traded baskets before Shavar Newkirk completed a three-point play with 3:23 to go to put SJU up 46-45, for its final lead of the game. Both teams went scoreless over the next two minutes, but La Salle nosed ahead once again with 1:12 to play. After a long-range miss by Bembry, the Hawks were forced to foul, and the Explorers made 6-of-6 attempts from the line over the final 28 seconds. Bembry shot 8-for-15 from the field, while grabbing seven rebounds and tying his career-high with five steals. Isaiah Miles was the only other Hawk in double figures with 10 points, all in the first half.
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.
SENIOR SEND-OFF: Tonight marks the final home game for Hawk seniors Chris Wilson and Evan Maschmeyer. Wilson, a team co-captain, has played in 127 games, with 86 starts. He has scored 847 career points and handed out 371 assists during his career. Maschmeyer has seen action in 74 career games, making one start his freshman season. Both players were members of the Hawks’ 2014 Atlantic 10 championship team.
TRYING TO AVOID A REPEAT: La Salle was the opponent for Saint Joseph’s on last year’s “Senior Day”, and it was a game the eventual A-10 champs wanted to forget. The Hawks suffered a 71-63 loss after the ceremony honoring the stellar senior class that included All-A-10 selections Langston Galloway, Ronald Roberts, Jr. and Halil Kanacevic. Saint Joseph’s owns a 3-2 record in the final regular-season home game over the past five years.
900 CLUB: DeAndre’ Bembry has already scored 916 points in 62 games for a career scoring average of 14.8 points per game. If he were to score his 1,000th career point this season, he would become the fifth player in SJU history to do so in his first two years of varsity competition. The others (with their 2-year totals) were: Mike Bantom ‘70-73 (1,216 pts); Marvin O’Connor ‘99-02 (1,170); Bernard Blunt ‘90-95 (1,115); and Clifford Anderson ‘64-67 (1,038).
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.
CONFERENCE CALL: 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 (19.3) 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: DeAndre’ Bembry was named the Big 5 Player of the Week on March 2 for the third time this season as he averaged 19.5 points, 13.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists in the Hawks’ 1-1 week. During the game, he made 10-of-18 field goal attempts and 3-of-4 from three-point range along with a career-best 10-for-11 from the foul line. In a 63-57 loss to Richmond, he scored six points and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds.
CARRYING THE LOAD: DeAndre’ Bembry has taken 414 field goal attempts, which is 139 more than the closest teammate (Isaiah Miles), and is an average of 14.8 per game. His total ranks 31st 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 9-5 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 on Feb. 21. SJU has now lost two in a row on its homecourt.
HOME COOKING: The Hawks are averaging 62.9 points per game at home and converting 41.1 percent from the field there, but just 27.6 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.
IRON MAN: DeAndre’ Bembry leads the Atlantic 10 and is ranked second in the nation in minutes played per game, with an average of 38.7 He’s played 1,083 minutes out of a possible 1,140 this season. More remarkably, the sophomore is averaging 39.1 minutes in conference contests. Bembry has played all 40 minutes in nine games, and seen 178 minutes of a possible 180 in the three overtime games.
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.
LOOKING AHEAD: Saint Joseph’s closes out the regular season on Saturday at Rhode Island and then heads into the Atlantic 10 Championship, which runs from March 11-15 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.