The Saint Joseph's men's basketball team (13-16; 7-10 A-10) will close out the regular season at Rhode Island (20-8; 12-5) on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Ryan Center. The game will be televised in New England on the Ocean State Network.
The radio broadcast of the game will be carried on WFIL 560 AM with Matt Martucci and Joe Lunardi calling the action, with free audio streaming available on SJUHawks.com. LISTEN
Video streaming of the game will available from Cox Networks as a pay-per-view event for $5. WATCH
• The Hawks defeated La Salle, 55-50, on Senior Night as Chris Wilson had 22 points in his final game at Hagan Arena. DeAndre’ Bembry had 14 points, 13 rebounds and a career-high nine assists, while James Demery chipped in 10 points. Isaiah Miles had 11 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 17.8 ppg and in conference games with 19.0 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.
• The win over La Salle gave Phil Martelli his 375th career victory. He holds the record for wins at Saint Joseph’s and owns a 185-136 record in Atlantic 10 play, which is the most conference wins for any active coach.
• Saint Joseph’s defeated Rhode Island, 65-64, on Feb. 11 at Hagan Arena in the first meeting this year.
LAST TIME WE MET: Chris Wilson drained a three-pointer from the baseline with seven seconds remaining to lift Saint Joseph’s to a 65-64 come-from-behind win over Rhode Island at Hagan Arena on Feb. 11. Rhode Island had one more chance but E.C. Matthews’ shot with two seconds left missed and although the Rams grabbed the rebound, time had expired. DeAndre’ Bembry led the Hawks with 19 points and nine rebounds while Isaiah Miles added 10 points on 3-for-4 shooting from three-point range. James Demery scored 11 points and Wilson added 10. The Hawks trailed by as many as nine points early in the second half, 45-36, and took their first lead of the game, 57-56, at 7:04. In the final six minutes, the teams traded leads and neither could build a margin larger than two points. After Bembry hit one free throw to give the Hawks a 62-61 lead, Hassan Martin converted a layup to put the Rams back up, 63-61, with 51 seconds left. The Hawks came up scoreless on their next possession and Martin made one of two free throws to increase URI’s lead to 64-62, which would be their last of the game. Bembry took the rebound from Martin’s miss, and the Hawks had the ball with 27 seconds to go. Wilson missed a three from the top of the key at :12, but Javon Baumann grabbed the rebound and Shavar Newkirk found Wilson in the left corner for the game-winner.
FINAL NUMBERS: The Hawks own a 6-4 record in the final game of the regular season over the past 10 years, and have dropped the last two in a row. Last season, Saint Joseph’s lost its final two games of the regular season, but went on to win three straight to capture the Atlantic 10 Championship.
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: Chris Wilson led the way for the Hawks over La Salle in his final home game. Wilson made four of his first six three-point attempts to help SJU jump out to a 14-5 lead and hit his fifth three of the game with 39 seconds left to seal the win. The senior co-captain finished with 22 points, one shy of his career-high, on 7-for-13 shooting. Wilson has played in 128 games, missing only one game in his career, and has made 87 starts. He has scored 869 career points and handed out 372 assists during his career.
SCARY ENDING: The Hawks found a way to make things interesting in the final minute of the win over La Salle. Holding a 49-46 lead with 1:42 to play, SJU shot 4-for-9 from the foul line for the rest of the game. DeAndre’ Bembry came through, sinking a pair with :05 left to ice the win for the Hawks.
900 CLUB: DeAndre’ Bembry has already scored 930 points in 63 games for a career scoring average of 15.0 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 (17.8) and conference games (19.0) and tops the A-10 in minutes played.
SENIOR LEADERSHIP: Chris Wilson had 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.
LEADER OF THE PACK: DeAndre’ Bembry leads the Hawks in scoring (17.8), rebounding (7.9) and assists (3.5), as well as steals (2.0) and minutes played (38.7). He has scored double figures in 25 of the last 26 games and has posted six double-doubles. Bembry achieved a new career-high with 33 points at Massachusetts. 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. He also came close to the rare triple-double when he had 14 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists vs. La Salle.
CARRYING THE LOAD: DeAndre’ Bembry has taken 433 field goal attempts, which is 152 more than the closest teammate (Isaiah Miles), and is an average of 14.9 per game. His total ranks 22nd 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.
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 1,122 minutes out of a possible 1,180 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.
IN GOOD COMPANY: DeAndre’ Bembry’s overall scoring average of 17.8 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 fifth highest in school history for a player in their second season at Saint Joseph’s.
IN GOOD COMPANY, PART II: DeAndre Bembry is averaging 19.0 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: 19.0 ppg
LOOKING AHEAD: Saint Joseph’s heads into the Atlantic 10 Championship, which runs from March 11-15 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.