Saint Joseph's (2-0) opens play in the 2016 Paradise Jam against Loyola Chicago (3-0) on Friday afternoon in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Game time is 1:30 p.m. local time and 12:30 p.m. Eastern.
The game can be viewed on FloHoops.com with a subscription. WATCH
The Saint Joseph's Sports Network broadcast can be heard on SJU's new partner, WTMR 800 AM, with streaming audio on SJUHawks.com. LISTEN
If Saint Joseph's wins, it will play the winner of Ole Miss-Oral Roberts on Sunday at 7 p.m. local (6 p.m. Eastern), with the telecast on CBS Sports Network. A Hawk loss on Friday will pit them against the Ole Miss-Oral Roberts loser on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. (3:30 EST), with the broadcast on FloHoops.com.
ARENA: Univ. of the Virgin Islands Arena (3,500)
RADIO: WTMR 800 AM- Matt Martucci, Joe Lunardi
AUDIO STREAMING: SJUHawks.com
VIDEO STREAMING: FloHoops.com
SERIES RECORD: First meeting
SJU STREAK: 2 wins
HAWKS’ NEXT GAME: Nov. 19 or 20, Paradise Jam
• Lamarr Kimble recorded a new career-high with 19 points, as did Charlie Brown with 15 and Chris Clover with 11 in the Hawks’ 85-65 win over Columbia on Monday night.
• Shavar Newkirk was named the A-10 Co-Player of the Week after his career-high effort of 28 points in the season-opening win over Toledo.
• James Demery will be sidelined for a few weeks with a stress fracture in his left foot.
• This marks SJU’s second appearance in the Paradise Jam, with the first coming in 2009. FloSports will provide streaming of all of the tournament’s games at FloHoops.com, except for two opening round games and the championship bracket, which will be televised on CBSSN.
LAST TIME OUT: Lamarr Kimble scored a career-high 19 points and backcourt mate Shavar Newkirk scored 17 to lead Saint Joseph’s past Columbia, 85-65, at Hagan Arena. Freshman Charlie Brown, who scored 12 points in the first half, tallied 15 for the first double-figure game of his career, while sophomore Chris Clover tallied a career-high 11 points for Saint Joseph’s. The Hawks were playing without starting forward James Demery who suffered a stress fracture in his foot in the season opener versus Toledo, and will be without him for a few weeks. Saint Joseph’s never trailed in the game and after back-to-back threes by Brown and Robinson, took a 17-6 lead in the first seven minutes. Leading 17-8, Kimble and Brown combined to score nine straight, with a dunk from Brown pushing the SJU lead to 26-11. SJU, which shot 57.6 percent from the field in the half, increased the margin to 20, 38-18, on a layup from Newkirk at 6:54. The Hawks took their biggest lead of the half, 50-27, on a three-pointer at the buzzer by senior Brendan Casper, who added seven points in a career-high 23 minutes. The Hawks maintained the 20-plus point lead for most of the half, except for a 5-0 run by Columbia that cut the margin to 60-45 at 10:40. Saint Joseph’s took its biggest lead of the contest, 78-52, on a three from Brown at 4:41.
LAST TIME IN PARADISE: The Hawks participated in the 2009 Paradise Jam and earned a fifth-place finish. SJU defeated Boston College in the opener and then lost to 7th-ranked Purdue and to DePaul in the the consolation game.
A-10 ACCOLADES: Junior Shavar Newkirk was named the Atlantic 10 Co-Player of the Week for Nov. 14, marking the first time in his career that he earned a conference honor. Newkirk scored a career-high 28 points and grabbed a personal best seven rebounds in the Hawks’ season-opening 77-76 win over Toledo. He made a career-high 9-of-16 from the field while also hitting 7-of-9 from the foul line. It marked his first 20-plus point game as his previous career-high was 19 points. In a second half which saw the lead change 25 times, Newkirk connected on a short jumper with 46 seconds to play that gave the Hawks the lead for good. He also made two free throws with :25 left to help seal the win.
BIG LOSS: The Hawks suffered a huge loss when it was determined that junior James Demery had suffered a stress fracture in the Toledo game. Demery was diagnosed with a stress fracture in the fourth metatarsal of his left foot and will be sidelined for a few weeks. A 6-6 junior, Demery had 11 points and tied his career-high with eight rebounds in the Hawks’ 77-76 season opening win over Toledo. He was the team’s leading returning scorer after averaging 8.0 points per game last year.
WELL-GUARDED: Saint Joseph’s backcourt of Shavar Newkirk and Lamarr Kimble has combined to score 80 of the Hawks’ 162 points in the first two games. Newkirk had a career-high 28 in the opener, with Kimble bettering his career-high by scoring 16 points. Kimble then increased his personal best again in the Columbia game, tallying 19 points. Last season, the duo split time at point guard so this is the first time they’re seeing significant playing time together. More impressively, Newkirk and Kimble have only six turnovers between them.
CHARLIE IN CHARGE: Freshman Charlie Brown went 1-for-6 from the field in his first collegiate game, but bounced back in a big way against Columbia. He scored 12 points on 5-for-8 shooting in the first half as the Hawks built up a 20-point margin, and finished with 15 points for his first double-figure game.
BOOST FROM BRENDAN: Senior Brendan Casper saw a career-high 23 minutes of action against Columbia. The former walk-on made his presence felt, taking three charges in the first half. He also hit a three-pointer at the halftime buzzer to give SJU a 50-27 lead. Phil Martelli said, “I thought the seniors really helped. Brendan’s three charges and activity, energy, and confidence. He doesn't just 'have a scholarship.' He's a scholarship player now, and he approached it like that. He has approached every day in practice like that.”
AN OLDER PRESENCE: Phil Martelli also cited the play of graduate student Javon Baumann in the Columbia win. Baumann played 16 minutes and topped the team with six rebounds. “I thought Javon (Baumann) was very good with six rebounds in 16 minutes. He guards like an older guy,” said Martelli.
CALLING ON CHRIS: Sophomore Chris Clover is expected to make an impact this year after seeing limited action in 2015-16. After a scoreless first game, Clover rebounded with a career-high 11 points against Columbia, shooting 5-for-8 from the field.
YOUNG GUNS: With freshmen Charlie Brown and Nick Robinson in the starting lineup, it’s the youngest group of starters under Phil Martelli since 2010-11 when Langston Galloway, C.J. Aiken and Daryus Quarles started as freshmen. Because of the injury to James Demery, the Hawks started two freshmen, two sophomores and a junior against Columbia. The average age of SJU’s starting lineup is 19.6 years.
LOOKING AHEAD: The Hawks will face either Ole Miss or Oral Roberts in the next round on Nov. 19 or Nov. 20. Following the Paradise Jam, Saint Joseph’s will return to action after the holiday, playing two consecutive Philadelphia Big 5 games. SJU hosts Temple on Nov. 30 and visits rival Villanova on Dec. 3.