SAINT JOSEPH’S HAWKS (4-3; 0-0 Big 5)
vs. #4 VILLANOVA WILDCATS (7-0; 1-0 Big 5)
December 2, 2017 • 5:30 p.m. • Michael J. Hagan ‘85 Arena (4,200)

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• Saint Joseph’s won its second game in a row by defeating Bucknell, 83-70, at Hagan Arena
• Senior guard Shavar Newkirk had his first career double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds
• Freshman Taylor Funk tops the Atlantic 10 in three-point field goals made per game with 3.5, and ranks 39th in the nation for three-pointers made (22)
• SJU leads the A-10 and ranks third in the nation in fewest turnovers per game (8.7)
• After playing five of its first six games away from home, SJU is in the midst of four consecutive games in Philadelphia

• Charlie Brown, Jr., remains sidelined with a fracture in his left wrist, on which he had surgery on Oct. 24; he will miss tonight’s game
• Lamarr Kimble will miss the remainder of the season after re-injuring the fifth metatarsal of his left foot at Toledo. It was the same injury that occured on Feb. 11, 2017 which required surgery and caused him to miss the final seven games of the season

• James Demery had 20 points and Shavar Newkirk had 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead Saint Joseph’s to an 83-70 win over Bucknell
• Chris Clover added a season-high 17 points, as he scored 14 in the first half alone
• It was the first career double-double for Newkirk, who also had six assists, while Pierfrancesco Oliva grabbed 10 rebounds
• The Hawks led for all but two minutes at the start of the game and by as much as 20 points in the second half

• The Hawks held Bucknell to just 70 points, welll below the Bison’s average of 85
• BU shot just 34% from the field and 14% from three-point range, well below their overall percentages of 47% and 39%, respectively
• SJU is one of the top teams in the A-10 in defensive rebounding, ranking first in defensive rebounds with 28.0 per game

• This is the first Big 5 game of the year for the Hawks, and the first of two consecutive
• SJU went 1-3 in the Big 5 last season with a win over Penn
• Saint Joseph’s has won 20 Big 5 titles (9 outright/11 shared), which is behind Temple’s 27 titles (6/21 shared) and Villanova’s 25 (14 outright/11 shared)

• Shavar Newkirk has put up solid numbers since making his return from an ACL injury, averaging a team-high 17.4 points
• Phil Martelli knows Newkirk has made progress but sees even more to come from his senior: “There's still more there. I don't think he's playing like Shavar yet, and I don't think it's his leg. I think it's conditioning. He spent 10 months trying to get back on the court but he hasn't spent time yet to be conditioned to play. That's the most minutes he's played (Bucknell game), and even that was a little bit of a stretch... But I applauded him in front of his teammates for his courage to be out there. Even saying that, 19 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists was an All-League night. He's going to make shots at a high rate, and I'm happy he came out with no turnovers."

• Junior Chris Clover had the game the Hawks were waiting for against Bucknell as he surpassed his season-high by the end of the first half with 14 points
• He finished the game with 17 points on 6-for-11 shooting, including a career-high 4-of-6 from three-point range

• Dec. 9 at Temple, 2:30 p.m., CBS Sports Network
• Dec. 17 vs. Maine, 4:30 p.m., A-10 Network