The Saint Joseph's men's basketball team (3-0) will face Ole Miss (3-0) in the second round of the 2016 Paradise Jam on Sunday night in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Game time is 6 p.m. Eastern (7 p.m. local) and will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network.
The Hawks will close out play in the tournament on Monday night at either 7 p.m. or 9:30 p.m. (local time).
The radio broadcast can be heard on 610 Sports with audio streaming on SJUHawks.com.
ARENA: Univ. of the Virgin Islands Arena (3,500)
TELEVISION: CBSSN - Darren Goldwater, Kevin Lehman, Monyka Johnigan
RADIO: 610 Sports- Matt Martucci, Joe Lunardi - LISTEN
AUDIO STREAMING: SJUHawks.com
SERIES RECORD: Ole Miss leads 2-0
SJU STREAK: 3 wins
HAWKS’ NEXT GAME: Nov. 21, Paradise Jam vs. TBA, 7 or 9:30 p.m.
• Lamarr Kimble bettered his career-high for the third time this season, scoring 26 points in the 71-57 win over Loyola Chicago in the opening round win. Shavar Newkirk added 20 points.
• 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.
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.
WELL-GUARDED: Saint Joseph’s backcourt of Shavar Newkirk and Lamarr Kimble has combined to score 126 of the Hawks’ 233 points in the first three 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 in the Columbia game, with 19 points, and then again with 26 points vs. Loyola Chicago. Last season, the duo split time at point guard so this is the first time they’re seeing significant playing time together. They each set new career-highs in minutes played against Loyola Chicago with Kimble playing 37 minutes and Newkirk seeing 36 minutes.
MORE ON KIMBLE: Sophomore tri-captain Lamarr Kimble bettered his career-high for the third time in three games with 26 points vs. Loyola Chicago. Kimble shot 10-for-17 from the field and made a personal best five three-pointers. It marked the first 20-plus point game of his career.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY: Head coach Phil Martelli and his wife, Judy, celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary today.
SERIES WITH OLE MISS: The teams have only met twice before with Ole Miss winning both. They last met in December 1998, in the Puerto Rico Holiday Classic, with the Rebels scoring a 66-61 win. The first meeting came in the 1987-88 season opening MCI Harbor Classic in Baltimore, with Ole Miss picking up a 59-51 win.
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.
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.” Casper took another two charges in the Loyola Chicago win, while scoring six points and grabbing three rebounds.
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.
LOOKING AHEAD: 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.