Saint Joseph's men's basketball (10-16; 3-11 A-10) will host St. Bonaventure (16-10; 8-6) on Wednesday, February 22 at Hagan Arena. Game time is 7 p.m.
The game can be seen on the A-10 Digital Network with a subscription. WATCH
The radio broadcast can be heard on WTMR 800 AM, with streaming audio on SJUHawks.com. LISTEN
It will be SJU Employee Appreciation Night as presented by Kuranda Mortgage. Saint Joseph’s University Faculty and Staff will be provided with two (2) complimentary tickets to the game courtesy of Kuranda Mortgage. Along with the tickets, one employee will receive an opportunity to participate in an on-court promotion to win a prize!
Please contact Paul McGann at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your tickets. Tickets will be available for pickup at Will Call on the day of the game.
ARENA Michael J. Hagan ‘85 Arena (4,200)
RADIO WTMR 800 AM (Matt Martucci, Joe Lunardi)
AUDIO STREAMING SJUHawks.com
VIDEO STREAMING A-10 Network (SJUHawks.com)
HAWKS’ NEXT GAME Feb. 25 at Saint Louis, 4:30 p.m. (EST), NBCSN
• Saint Joseph’s lost at La Salle, 83-68, as the Hawks fell behind early. James Demery had 18 points and seven rebounds with Charlie Brown and Chris Clover adding 13 apiece. Nick Robinson scored 10 points for SJU.
• James Demery and Charlie Brown are tied for the Hawks’ scoring lead in A-10 contests averaging 13.8 points per game.
• Charlie Brown needs six three-pointers to set a new freshman record for the long-range shots, as the record is currently 65 held by both Langston Galloway and Arthur Davis.
• The Hawks have lost six in a row, which is the longest since a nine-game skid in January 2011. SJU’s last win came on Jan. 28 against La Salle.
• Saint Joseph’s goes on the road this week for a meeting with fellow Jesuit school Saint Louis. Saturday’s game will be nationally televised on NBCSN with a 4:30 p.m. Eastern start time.
• St. Bonaventure is 3-3 in February. The Bonnies are led by the fourth-highest scoring teammate tandem in the country, Jaylen Adams and Matt Mobley, as they average 40.6 points per game.
LAST TIME VS. ST. BONAVENTURE: St. Bonaventure erased an 18-point first half deficit to rally for a 67-63 victory over Saint Joseph’s on Jan. 24. Trailing 42-27 at halftime, St. Bonaventure cut its deficit to nine points with over 11 minutes to play. With Saint Joseph’s holding onto a 61-51 lead with 4:22 to go, the Bonnies went on a 12-1 run to take their first lead since the opening minutes, 63-62, on a jumper at 1:31. Jaylen Adams then made 4-of-4 free throws in the final 27 seconds to seal the win as the Hawks went without a field goal for the final 6:33 of the game. Lamarr Kimble had 14 points while Charlie Brown had 13, all in the first half. James Demery also scored 13 points. The Hawks had a strong first half, owning a 26-10 lead on a three by Kimble with 7:17 to go. Saint Joseph’s made five of its first nine three-point attempts, and Brown’s third three gave the Hawks a 31-15 lead at 4:13. The vBonnies closed to 33-20 at 2:27 but Brown answered with another basket, to put the Hawks up 35-20. Kimble connected on another three to give SJU its biggest lead of the game, 42-24, but the Bonnies hit a buzzer beater to provide the halftime margin, 42-27.
SLOW STARTERS: Saint Joseph’s slow start at La Salle doomed the Hawks, as they fell behind by double digits in the first three minutes and were down by 20 with eight minutes left in the half. SJU shot just 36 percent in the half and went 0-for-6 from beyond the arc while La Salle made 7-of-16 long-range shots. The Hawks made up some ground in the second half, shooting 56 percent from the field in that half. Facing its biggest deficit of the game, 69-42, SJU went on an 18-2 run to trim La Salle’s lead to 71-60 at 4:56. But that’s as close as the Hawks would come as La Salle scored six straight points to go up 77-60 and secure the win.
HEART OF A HAWK: Saint Joseph’s went into VCU without their two point guards and leading scorers but gave the first-place Rams all they could handle before suffering the 91-81 loss. The Hawks committed 15 turnovers but saw VCU give it away 13 times. SJU shot 57.6 percent from the field in the first half, but VCU’s 10-of-19 effort from three-point range made the difference as the Rams held a 44-40 halftime lead. VCU opened the second half with a run and took an 11-point lead. The Hawks trimmed it to three points, but that was the closest they would get the rest of the way.
THE HITS KEEP COMING: You can pick from any number of terms - snakebitten, unlucky, cursed, jinxed - and they could all describe what SJU has faced this year with injuries. The latest blow was that leading scorer Lamarr Kimble is sidelined for the rest of the season after sustaining a fracture in his foot during the Hawks’ loss to Massachusetts (Feb. 11). He has a fracture in the fifth metatarsal of his left foot which will require surgery and two months of recovery. Kimble, a sophomore point guard, led the Hawks in scoring with 15.5 points per game, as well as assists with 4.5 per game. He scored double figures in 19 games, with five games of 20 points or more. This is the second season-ending injury to a Hawks’ leading scorer and point guard as junior Shavar Newkirk suffered a torn ACL on December 30 after leading SJU with a career-best 20.3 scoring average. Kimble is also the fourth SJU player to be sidelined for the year as sophomore Pierfrancesco Oliva was declared out for the year in June because of a chronic knee condition that required surgery. Freshman forward Lorenzo Edwards also underwent shoulder surgery in December because of a recurring injury. “We’re obviously disappointed for ‘Fresh’. We’ll certainly miss his on the court skills and do expect, as Shavar has done, that he will continue to be prominent in a leadership role. Speaking for the program, we’re all disappointed but not discouraged. Our challenge now is to exemplify ‘the Hawk will never die’ spirit,” said coach Phil Martelli. This marks the most number of significant injuries in Martelli’s 22 years at Saint Joseph’s.
DEPLETED SQUAD: SJU is now down to 13 healthy players, nine of which are scholarship players.
TOP ROOKIE: Charlie Brown was named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week on Feb. 13 for the third time this year. He averaged 16.0 points and 6.5 rebounds in two games, while making eight three-pointers. Brown has scored double figures in all but six games, and owns a 12-game double-figure scoring streak.
WHAT CAN BROWN DO FOR YOU: With Shavar Newkirk on the sidelines, freshman Charlie Brown is the Hawks’ deep threat, hitting a team-high 39.5 percent from three-point range. He connected on a career-high six three-pointers against Fordham on Feb. 4. With 60 three-pointers this season, he is six shy of the SJU freshman record (65) held by Langston Galloway (2010-11) and Arthur Davis (1996-97). Galloway is the Hawks’ all-time leader with 294 threes during his SJU career.
DEMERY’S DOUBLES: James Demery, the oldest player in the starting lineup, recorded his third double-double of the season with 17 points and 11 rebounds at VCU.
HANDS OFF: As they have in the past few years, the Hawks are limiting their personal fouls and now average 17.4 per game. They are second in the A-10 and 49th in the nation in fewest fouls (453). At one point last year, SJU led the nation in fewest fouls and only had 10 disqualifications.
HAWK LEGEND: Former SJU standout Pat Carroll ‘05 was named to the 2017 Atlantic 10 Legends Class, and will be honored at the A-10 Semifinals in Pittsburgh on March 11. Established in 2013, the Legends program recognizes men’s and women’s basketball student-athletes and coaches who have made a lasting impact on their respective basketball programs and institutions. Carroll made his mark as one of the finest perimeter shooters in SJU and Atlantic 10 history and remains the conference’s all-time leader in career three-point field goal percentage (45.4) Carroll closed out his career in 2005 with his finest season, averaging 18.3 points to be named the Atlantic 10 Co-Player of the Year, while helping the Hawks to berths in the title games of the A-10 and NIT.
LOOKING AHEAD: Saint Joseph’s goes on the road on Saturday to face Saint Louis. The Hawks will host Rhode Island in their home finale and “Senior Day” on March 1 before closing out the regular season at Duquesne on March 5