The Saint Joseph's men's basketball team (3-1) will face NC State (3-1) in the third-place game of the 2016 Paradise Jam tonight at 6 p.m. Eastern (7 p.m. local), with the national broadcast on the CBS Sports Network.
The Hawks are coming off of an 81-68 loss to Ole Miss in the semifinals.
The game can also be heard on 610 Sports with audio streaming on SJUHawks.com. LISTEN
• Despite a strong first half, Saint Joseph’s fell to Ole Miss, 81-68. Shavar Newkirk scored 21 points, Charlie Brown had 13 and Lamarr Kimble scored 10 in SJU’s first loss of the year.
• Shavar Newkirk has scored 20-plus points in three of four games and in two consecutive. The junior is averaging a career-best 21. points per game.
• 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 157 of the Hawks’ 301 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. Newkirk scored 20 against Loyola Chicago and 21 vs. Ole Miss. 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.
CAN’T MISS: Shavar Newkirk is putting up career-best numbers thus far and shooting an impressive 52.9 percent from the field. The junior is also hitting 42.9 percent of this three-point attempts. He heads into this game having back-to-back 20-plus point games for the first time in his career.
SERIES WITH NC STATE: NC State leads 3-0 in the all-time series, but the teams have not meet since the 1980-81 season, when NC State scored a 47-42 win at the Palestra (2/7/81). NC State also won at home on Dec. 28, 1978 (70-61) and then scored a 103-81 win on March 13, 1965 in the NCAA East Regional Third Place game in College Park, Md. That 1964-65 Hawks’ team, which went 26-3, was coached by Basketball Hall of Famer Dr. Jack Ramsay and featured SJU’s all-time leading rebounder Cliff Anderson and Matt Guokas, Jr.
FOUL PLAY: Heading into the Ole Miss game, the Hawks were converting just 67.9 percent from the foul line. They shot well below that against the Rebels, going 10-for-22 (45.5%) from the line, missing six free throws in both halves of the 81-68 loss.
HOT AND COLD: The Hawks had a great start to the Ole Miss game, leading for part of the half and converting 6-of-11 from three-point range. They cooled off after the break and made just 2-of-11 to finish the game shooting 8-of-22.
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.
LOOKING AHEAD: 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. The Hawks will only be home twice in the month of December - on the 22nd against Lafayette and the 30th in the A-10 opener versus GW.