Saint Joseph's men's basektball (3-2) will host Temple (4-2) in a Big 5 matchup on Wednesday, November 30 at Hagan Arena. The sold-out game will be televised nationally on the CBS Sports Network at 7 p.m.
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During the game, contributions will be taken for the "Hawks Helping Others" Christmas Charity Project. Now in its 22nd year, this project has allowed the Hawks to provide gifts and food for a few needy families in West Philadelphia. Contributions will be taken at a table in the Hagan Arena lobby or via a collection in the stands during the first timeout of the second half. The Hawks appreciate the generosity of their fans.
• The Hawks have been off since the consolation game of the Paradise Jam on Nov. 21. SJU, which took fifth place in the tournament, has lost two in a row, to Ole Miss and NC State.
• Shavar Newkirk has scored 20-plus points in four of five games and in three consecutive contests. He’s the second leading scorer in the Atlantic 10 with 21.8 points per game and is ranked 28th in the nation.
• Following this game, SJU will go on the road for four straight games, although two games are in Philadelphia, at Villanova and Drexel. The Hawks don’t return to Hagan Arena until Dec. 22.
• This is the first Big 5 game of the year for the Hawks. Last season, SJU went 3-1 in the City Series.
LAST TIME OUT: Shavar Newkirk scored 23 points but Saint Joseph’s comeback fell short as the Hawks were defeated by NC State, 73-63, in the third-place game of the 2016 Paradise Jam. Newkirk shot 10-for-18 from the field, and added six rebounds and five assists for his third consecutive 20-plus point game, while Charlie Brown added 14 points.
LAST TIME VS. TEMPLE: Freshman Lamarr Kimble hit a three-pointer with 2:13 to go in overtime to lift Saint Joseph’s to a 66-65 win over Temple at the Liacouras Center. Kimble’s three gave the Hawks a 66-64 lead and Temple hit one free throw at 1:04 and missed a three-point attempt as time expired. DeAndre' Bembry had 17 points and 13 rebounds and Isaiah Miles posted 12 points and a career-high 15 boards. Aaron Brown added 11 points while Kimble scored 11 points for his first game in double figures. The win snapped a five-game losing streak at Temple for SJU and was the first win there since January of 2008.
THE SJU-TU SERIES: This marks the 159th game in the Saint Joseph’s-Temple series, which is the longest running series for the Hawks and the most- played in Big 5 history. SJU won 12 of 13 games from 2003 to 2008, with separate winning streaks of seven games and five games. Temple started a 10-game winning streak on March 2, 2008 in the Atlantic 10 Championship game, but that came to an end on Feb. 25, 2012 when SJU scored an 82-72 win over the Owls in Hagan Arena. The Hawks have won two in a row over Temple, and four of the last five, and own a three-game winning streak in Hagan Arena.
LONG-RUNNING SHOW: The meeting on Dec. 4, 2013 was the first time in 67 years that Saint Joseph’s and Temple met in a non-conference game. Both schools were members of the Middle Athletic Conference from 1946-47 to 1973-74 and then joined the East Coast Conference. After the 1981-82 season, Saint Joseph’s and Temple became members of the Atlantic 10, with TU moving to the American Athletic Conference for play beginning in 2013-14. There have been 29 non-conference games played in the series, with Temple holding a 15-14 edge.
KEY TO THE CITY: This is the first Big 5 game of the year for Saint Joseph’s. Saint Joseph’s has won 20 Big 5 titles (9 outright/11 shared), which is third all-time to Temple’s 27 titles (6/21 shared). Last year, SJU went 3-1 in the Big 5, losing only to Villanova. The Hawks follow with another Big 5 game at Villanova on Saturday, and then face Penn on Jan. 21 at travel to La Salle on Feb. 18.
FRIENDLY FOES: Phil Martelli and Fran Dunphy are very good friends and share a passion for their work in the community. The coaches are co-chairs of the Philadelphia Coaches vs. Cancer effort, which is one of the nation’s highest fundraising groups for Coaches vs. Cancer. The group, which is comprised of the city’s six Division I coaches and their wives, raised over $1 million last year. Martelli is also the chair of the National Coaches vs. Cancer Council.
WELL-GUARDED: Saint Joseph’s backcourt of Shavar Newkirk and Lamarr Kimble has combined to score 50 percent of the Hawks’ 364 points thus far and have each exceeded their career-highs already this year. Newkirk had a career-high 28 points in the opener vs. Toledo, with Kimble bettering his career-high by scoring 16 points. Kimble then increased his personal best vs. Columbia with 19 points, and then again with 26 points vs. Loyola Chicago. Newkirk has recorded 20-plus points in four of five games. Last season, the duo split time at point guard so this is the first time they’re seeing significant playing time together.
CAN’T MISS: Shavar Newkirk is putting up career-best numbers thus far and shooting an impressive 53.6 percent from the field. The junior, who is the second leading scorer in the A-10, is also hitting 41.2 percent of this three-point attempts. He has scored 20-plus points in three straight games and in four contests this year.
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.
WORKING OVERTIME: Lamarr Kimble and Shavar Newkirk are seeing career-high numbers in minutes played, with Kimble averaging 35.8 so far and Newkirk at 34.8. Kimble is tied for third in the A-10 and ranks 26th in the nation for minutes. Both players each set new career-highs in minutes played against Loyola Chicago with Kimble playing 37 minutes and Newkirk seeing 36 minutes.
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. SJU rebounded to have a good effort from the line vs. NC State, hitting 83.3 percent (10-for-12).
GETTING IN THE SPIRIT: The Hawks will participate in their annual Christmas Charity Project - “Hawks Helping Others”. This marks the 22nd year of the project, which was started by head coach Phil Martelli, and run in conjunction with SJU's Campus Ministry, to aid needy families in West Philadelphia. The Hawks will break into teams and shop for their assigned families on Dec. 16, wrap the gifts and then deliver food and presents prior to the holiday. A collection will be taken up at tonight’s game with the contributions going towards purchase of the gifts.
TOURNEY TALES: Shavar Newkirk topped the Hawks in scoring at the Paradise Jam, averaging 21.3 points in the three games. Lamarr Kimble scored 13.0 points while Charlie Brown averaged 12.0 points per game as the Hawks finished fifth in the tournament.
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.
WHAT CAN BROWN DO FOR YOU: 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. Brown had 14 points, five rebounds and a team-high five steals against NC State.
LOOKING AHEAD: Saint Joseph’s will play its second straight Big 5 game on Saturday when it visits rival Villanova. SJU then gets a break for final exams and will visit Drexel on Dec. 11. The Hawks will be home just twice in the month of December - on the 22nd against Lafayette and on the 30th versus GW in the A-10 opener.
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