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Men's Basketball

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Men's Basketball Visits Drexel on Sunday
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  12/09/2016

Saint Joseph's (3-4) will look to get back on a winning track when it visits local rival Drexel (4-4) on Sunday at the Daskalaskis Center. Game time is 6 p.m.

The game will not be televised but can be heard on 610 Sports and via streaming audio with Matt Martucci and Joe Lunardi calling the action. LISTEN

Video streaming of the game will be available on DrexelDragons.com. WATCH

• The Hawks suffered their fourth straight loss, falling to #2 Villanova on Dec. 3. Lamarr Kimble (15 pts) and Shavar Newkirk (11 pts) were the only Hawks in double figures, while Markell Lodge grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds.
• SJU is in the midst of a four-game “road” swing, although two of the games were local (Villanova, Drexel). After trips to Princeton and Illinois State, the Hawks return to Hagan Arena on Dec. 22.
• The Hawks are currently 0-2 against Philadelphia teams thus far, with losses to Temple and Villanova. This is the third consecutive game against a city team.
• Saint Joseph’s ranks 21st in the nation in fewest fouls and 19th in fewest turnovers.
• SJU owns a five-game winning streak against Drexel.

WELL-GUARDED: Saint Joseph’s backcourt of Shavar Newkirk and Lamarr “Fresh” Kimble has combined to score close to 50 percent of the Hawks’ 493 points 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 five of six games. Last season, the duo split time at point guard so this is the first time they’re seeing significant playing time together.

INJURY UPDATE: Freshman Lorenzo Edwards has been battling a shoulder injury and is out indefinitely. Junior James Demery, who is out with a stress fracture, will be re-evaluated next week to determine his progress towards returning to the court.

BY THE NUMBERS: Saint Joseph’s is in the midst of a four-game losing streak, which is the longest since Dec. 29, 2014-Jan. 10, 2015. The last time SJU lost five in a row was December of 2010.

TWO-BY-TWO:  Phil Martelli has said that the Hawks need to make their two-point field goals for them to be successful. They are currently converting 44 percent (125-283) of their two-point field goals and 36.8 percent of their three-pointers. Saint Joseph’s is averaging 19.3 three-point field goal attempts per game.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: The Hawks are in the midst of a stretch of four straight games on the road. The loss to Villanova was SJU’s first true road game of the year. Last season, Saint Joseph’s had the nation’s only undefeated road record until a loss at Davidson on Jan. 31, which ended a streak of nine consecutive wins.

CAN’T MISS: Shavar Newkirk is putting up career-best numbers thus far and shooting 47.5 percent from the field and 48.1 percent from three-point range. The junior has scored 20-plus points in all but two games this year.

FRESH APPROACH: Sophomore tri-captain Lamarr Kimble started the season bettering 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 36.0 so far and Newkirk at 35.0. Kimble is fourth in the A-10 and ranks 27th in the nation for minutes played, while Newkirk is seventh in the league. Kimble played a career-high 37 minutes against both Loyola Chicago and Temple, while Newkirk reached a new career-high with 38 minutes versus Temple.

EVEN MORE IMPROVED?: Last season, the Hawks’ Isaiah Miles was one of the most improved players in the nation, earning that award from the A-10 and the Big 5. Miles had increased his scoring average by seven points up to 18.1 per game and became one of the Hawks’ go-to players. Although it’s still early in the season, Shavar Newkirk has shown an even bigger increase in his scoring average. Last season he scored 8.0 points per game - he’s now averaging 20.3.

MARKELL’S MARK: Redshirt sophomore Markell Lodge had quite possibly his best game as a Hawk against Temple. He scored a career-high nine points and grabbed five rebounds, while playing a personal best 24 minutes. Lodge, who has a program-record 39-inch vertical leap, excited the sellout crowd with three dunks. He followed that with a career-high 10 rebounds at Villanova.

RAINING THREES: Against Temple, the Hawks connected on a season-best from behind the arc, going 12-for-23. Shavar Newkirk led the way with 4-of-6, while Charlie Brown and Lamarr Kimble each had three. It was the most three-pointers for the Hawks since they had 10 at Massachusetts on Feb. 24, 2016.

GETTING IN THE SPIRIT: The Hawks will participate in their annual Christmas Charity Project - “Hawks Helping Others”. It marks the 22nd year of the project, 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 was taken at the Temple game and raised over $2,400 to assist in the purchase of the gifts.

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