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Men's Basketball

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Men's Basketball Hosts Richmond on Saturday; Telecast on NBCSN
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  01/13/2017

The Saint Joseph's men's basketball team (8-7; 2-2 A-10) will host Richmond (10-6; 4-0) on Saturday, January 14 in a 12:30 p.m. game at Hagan Arena. The contest will be televised nationally on the NBC Sports Network.

The radio broadcast will be carried on WTMR 800 AM, with Matt Martucci and Joe Lunardi calling the action.

ARENA: Michael J. Hagan ‘85 Arena (4,200)
TELEVISION: NBC Sports Network (Steve Schlanger, Dave Kaplan)
RADIO: WTMR 800 AM (Matt Martucci, Joe Lunardi)
AUDIO STREAMING: SJUHawks.com - LISTEN
VIDEO STREAMING: NBCSports.com - WATCH
HAWKS’ NEXT GAME: Jan. 18 at Massachusetts, 7 p.m., ASN/TCN

NBC Sports will have live coverage on Saturday of the Richmond vs. Saint Joseph’s basketball game beginning at 12:30pm EST on NBC Sports Network. Fans can catch all the action in spectacular high definition via NBC Sports online at NBCSports.com/Live, or through the NBC Sports app which is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store, Apple TV and Amazon Fire.

GAME NOTES:
• Lamarr Kimble had 18 points and Charlie Brown had a season-high 17 points but the Hawks couldn’t pull out the win vs. George Mason, losing 75-67.
• James Demery leads the Hawks in scoring in Atlantic 10 games with a 17.3 average.
• The Hawks are looking to avoid a second straight loss and have not lost consecutive games since a four-game losing streak in November.
• SJU is in the midst of a stretch of playing three of four games in Philadelphia. The Hawks go back on the road on Wednesday at UMass.
• Richmond is currently in a first-place tie in the A-10 with VCU. The Spiders have won four in a row and are led by senior T.J. Cline, who is averaging 17.9 points, 7.8 rebounds and 5.1 assists.

LAST TIME OUT: Saint Joseph's led by a point with two minutes to play but couldn't secure the win as George Mason pulled out a 75-67 victory. In a game that featured six ties and 14 lead changes, Saint Joseph’s led, 63-62, before a three-pointer at 1:42 gave George Mason the lead for good. The Hawks missed six shots and committed two turnovers down the stretch, while the Patriots made 10-of-10 from the foul line to ice the win. Lamarr Kimble led SJU with 18 points and Charlie Brown had a season-high 17, with James Demery chipping in 16 points. Brendan Casper tied his career-high with 10 points for Saint Joseph's. Mason led by as much as six points early in the second half and held a 56-51 lead with 8:13 to play. The Hawks went on a 10-4 run, capped by a three-point play from Demery, to retake the lead, 61-60. The Patriots went ahead again, and Casper gave SJU its final lead of the game, 63-62, with a layup at 2:05. In the opening minutes, Mason led by seven but Saint Joseph’s quickly got back in it with an 8-0 run, paced by five points from Kimble. After Kimble hit a late three-pointer, the Hawks owned a four-point lead, but a GMU three-point play at :04 trimmed it to 32-31 at the half.

LAST TIME VS. RICHMOND: Saint Joseph’s pulled out a 77-73 victory in Richmond last year. DeAndre’ Bembry’s  fadeaway jumper at 26.9 seconds to go proved to be the gamewinner as Saint Joseph’s won its seventh in a row. Bembry’s shot put the Hawks up 75-73 and he rebounded a Richmond miss with 2.5 seconds left, and hit a pair of free throws to provide the final margin. Isaiah Miles led SJU with 17 points and a career-high 16 rebounds, while Bembry finished with 16 points. Papa Ndao had 11 points and a career-high eight rebounds, while Shavar Newkirk and James Demery scored 10 points apiece.

MAGIC NUMBER: The victory over Fordham was the 200th Atlantic 10 win of Phil Martelli’s career.  Martelli owns the most conference wins of any active coach, and the second most all-time in the league behind Temple’s John Chaney (296).

HE’S BACK: James Demery has made his presence felt in his return to the lineup after missing 10 games with an injury. The junior had nine points, four rebuonds and four assists off the bench in his return to action against GW and followed that with 17 points and eight rebounds at Rhode Island. Demery returned to the starting lineup at Fordham and responded with a career-high 27 points to go along with six rebounds, followed by a 16-point, six-rebound effort vs. George Mason. Demery was a starter as a freshman and was the sixth man for the 2016 A-10 champion team, averaging 8.1 points per game. His return also gives SJU’s defense a boost as he has been regarded as the team’s best defender.

CONFERENCE CALL:  James Demery leads the Hawks in scoring in A-10 games with his 17.3 average and is shooting a team-best 44.4 percent from three-point range. Markell Lodge is converting 73.3 percent of his field-goal attempts in league games.

DEVASTATING BLOW: Junior Shavar Newkirk will miss the rest of the season after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee in the win over GW (Dec. 30) and will undergo surgery. Newkirk keyed the Hawks’ comeback from 12 points down in the first half, and was about to score his sixth straight point on a fast break, when he went down with the non-contact injury. He finished the game with 10 points and SJU won, 68-63. Newkirk was the Hawks’ leading scorer, averaging 20.3 points per game through 12 games. He scored 20-plus points in all but four games this season, reaching a new career-high of 28 points. Newkirk topped the Hawks in free-throw percentage (.847) and averaged 3.5 assists per game, while hitting 46.6 percent of his field goal attempts. His scoring average was 13 points more than last season’s (8.0). “This is certainly disappointing to all of us in the Saint Joseph’s basketball program. Our thoughts and concern go out to Shavar and his family,” said Phil Martelli. “We're fully supportive of him, academically and socially, and as he makes his return to the basketball court, bigger, stronger and better than ever. His teammates have expressed the same level of support.”

START IT UP: Sophomore Chris Clover has started the past three games in place of Shavar Newkirk.  James Demery returned to the starting lineup at Fordham for Nick Robinson, who replaced Demery while he was sidelined. Here’s a rundown of the Hawks’ starting lineups this season with the number of games (current starting lineup in bold):
    • Kimble, Newkirk, Brown, Demery, Lodge - 1 game
    • Kimble, Newkirk, Brown, Robinson, Lodge - 11 games
    • Kimble, Clover, Brown, Robinson, Lodge - 1 game
    • Kimble, Clover, Brown, Demery, Lodge - 2 games

THE GOOD GUY: Phil Martelli has been named the recipient of this year’s “Good Guy Award” from the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association, which will be presented at the 113th annual PSWA banquet on Feb. 3 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cherry Hill. Martelli, always helpful and accessible to the media in good times and bad, capped off a strong 2015-16 season by storming through the Atlantic 10 Tournament, to win the Hawks' second title in three years and earn an eighth seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Hawks then defeated No. 9 Cincinnati for their first NCAA Tournament win since 2004 before bowing to Oregon in the second round, finishing at a stellar 28-8.  The conference title was the second in the last three years for Martelli, who is also a four-time A-10 Coach of the Year.

INJURY BUG: The Hawks are certainly jinxed with significant injuries this year, with the latest setback being Shavar Newkirk’s torn ACL. The streak of bad luck began this summer when sophomore Pierfrancesco Oliva, a starter in 2015-16, was diagnosed with a knee condition that is causing him to miss the year. James Demery suffered a stress fracture in the first game on Nov. 12 that forced him to miss 10 games. Freshman Lorenzo Edwards played in only one game this year and will undergo shoulder surgery which will sideline him for the rest of the year.

THIN RANKS: Saint Joseph’s bench might look full with 17 players, but there are only 14 healthy enough to play.

WORKING OVERTIME: Lamarr Kimble has been shouldering a great deal of the workload this year, and now even more after Shavar Newkirk’s injury. Prior to Newkirk’s being sidelined, the guards were seeing career-high numbers in minutes played, with Kimble averaging 35.5 and Newkirk at 35.1. Kimble is now playing 36.1 minutes per game, the second most in the Atlantic 10, and 19th most in the nation. Kimble played all 40 minutes for the first time ever against George Mason.

FROM THE ARC: There’s a big disparity in the Hawks’ three-point shooting and that of their opponents. SJU’s foes have outscored the Hawks, 459-261, from the three-point line. Saint Joseph’s is converting 32.1 percent of its three-point attempts while the opponents are hitting 38.6. Saint Joseph’s is averaging 18.1 three-point field goal attempts per game, while the opponents are taking 26.4 threes per game.

CHARLIE IN CHARGE: Freshman Charlie Brown was one of the catalysts in SJU’s win over GW, as he scored 13 points on 6-for-9 shooting. His three-pointer at 2:25 gave the Hawks the lead for good. Brown scored 11 points at Rhode Island to give him five straight games in double figures. The freshman had a season-high 17 points in the George Mason loss.

BRENDAN’S BEST: Former walk-on Brendan Casper has contributed for the Hawks this year. At Fordham, he matched his career-high with 10 points and handed out a personal best five assists. He notched his second straight game of 10 points against George Mason.

LOOKING AHEAD: The Hawks go back on the road to  visit Massachusetts on Jan. 18 in the first of two meetings this year. Saint Joseph’s will play its final non-conference game of the year on Jan. 21 when it takes on Penn at The Palestra.

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