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Men's Basketball Heads to St. Bonaventure on Tuesday
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  01/23/2017

Saint Joseph's (9-9; 2-4 A-10) resumes Atlantic 10 Conference play on Tuesday when the Hawks head to St. Bonaventure (12-6; 4-2) for a 7 p.m. game.

The contest will be televised by the American Sports Network and its affiliates, with the broadcast being seen in Philadelphia on The Comcast Network. Among those affiliates are stations in Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland and Virginia. To find the game in your area, go to AmericanSportsNet.com.

Streaming of the game will also be available on ASN's website. WATCH

The SJSN broadcast of the game will be carried on WTMR 800 AM. LISTEN

ARENA: Reilly Center
TELEVISION: ASN, TCN (Ed Cohen, Mark Adams)
RADIO: WTMR 800 AM (Matt Martucci)
AUDIO STREAMING: SJUHawks.com
VIDEO STREAMING: A-10 Digital Network (Atlantic10.com)
HAWKS’ NEXT GAME: Jan. 28 vs. La Salle, 6 p.m., ASN, CSN

GAME NOTES:
• Lamarr Kimble scored a game-high 23 points to lead SJU to a Big 5 win over Penn, 78-71, on Saturday night at the Palestra. Charlie Brown set a new career-high with 19 points and grabbed a personal best nine rebounds. James Demery chipped in 15 points while Chris Clover had 10.  
• Phil Martelli and staff will be wearing sneakers in both games for Coaches vs. Cancer “Suits and Sneakers” Week.
• Charlie Brown was named the A-10 Rookie of the Week for the second time this year. He averaged 15.0 points and 7.5 rebounds in the 1-1 week. Brown had a career-high 19 points and nine rebounds in the win over Penn.
• Saint Joseph’s returns home to host La Salle on Saturday night.
• St. Bonaventure has won two straight, with victories over Fordham and St. Louis. The Bonnies are led in scoring by Jaylan Adams with 21.8 points per game.

FOR A GOOD CAUSE: This week (Jan. 23-29) marks Coaches vs. Cancer “Suits and Sneakers” Week, where coaches wear sneakers with their game attire as a visible reminder about the importance of nutrition and physical activity in reducing cancer risk. Phil Martelli and staff will participate, wearing sneakers with gold laces at tonight’s game and against La Salle on Saturday. The gold laces are in memory of 8-year-old Lacey Holsworth, an avid basketball fan who died in 2014 (shoecarnival.com/lacey). Martelli is the chair of the National Coaches vs. Cancer Council and is the co-chair of the Philadelphia group, which is one of the highest fundraising groups in the nation (CoachesvsCancer.org).

GOOD FEELING: The Hawks snapped a three-game losing streak with the victory over Penn, earning a win for the first time in two weeks.

AT THE LINE: Saint Joseph’s performance from the foul line helped it earn the win over Penn, as the Hawks connected on a season-high 31 free throws. SJU went to the line 46 times, as Penn was whistled for 32 fouls. Lamarr Kimble (9-for-11) and James Demery (9-for-12) led the way, while Charlie Brown converted 7-for-8. Entering the game, SJU was hitting just 65 percent from the stripe. The 72.1 percent effort against Penn was the best since the Hawks shot 78.3 percent on Dec. 18 at Illinois State.

KEEPING IT FRESH: Lamarr “Fresh” Kimble has had some uncharacteristic games as of late, with a high number of turnovers. But the sophomore tri-captain looked like his old self against Penn at the Palestra, leading the Hawks to the win. Kimble had a game-high 23 points, shot 9-for-11 from the foul line, handed out five assists and most importantly, had just two turnovers. Coach Phil Martelli hadn’t given up on his point guard, saying, “First of all his leadership hasn’t changed at all. He’s been very forceful, very accountable. He just has not played well. But I’m with him. He’s with me. And we’ll ride this out.”

THIN RANKS: Saint Joseph’s bench might look full with 17 players, but there are only 14 healthy enough to play. Shavar Newkirk, Pierfrancesco Oliva and Lorenzo Edwards are out for the year.

DOUBLE UP: James Demery recorded the first double-double of his career with 19 points and a career-high 11 rebounds at Massachusetts. It was the first SJU double-double since DeAndre’ Bembry posted one against Oregon in the NCAA Tournament last March.

HE’S BACK: James Demery has been a welcome return to the court 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. The junior notched the first double-double of his career in a losing cause as he had 19 points and a career-high 11 rebounds at UMass. 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.

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, 525-300, from the three-point line. Saint Joseph’s is converting 31.0 percent of its three-point attempts while the opponents are hitting 36.3 percent. Saint Joseph’s is averaging 17.9 three-point field goal attempts per game, while the opponents are taking 26.7 threes per game.

LEAPING LODGE: Markell Lodge has been using his tremendous leaping ability to be an offensive weapon for the Hawks. The sophomore scored a career-high 11 points at UMass, on 5-of-6 shooting with either layups or dunks. He’s converting 71.9 percent from the field this year.

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 underwent shoulder surgery which will sideline him for the rest of the year.

GIVEAWAYS: Coming off an impressive game against GW when they had only three turnovers, the tide turned quickly on the Hawks at Rhode Island as SJU gave the ball away a season-high 17 times. Saint Joseph’s matched that number with 17 vs. Richmond and followed that with 16 at Massachusetts. They decreased the number against Penn, committing only seven, for the first time in six games that the Hawks had single-digit turnovers. Despite those numbers, SJU ranks fourth in the league and 33rd in the nation in fewest turnovers (215).

WORKING OVERTIME: Lamarr Kimble has played a lot of minutes already this year and now even more after Shavar Newkirk’s injury. Prior to Newkirk 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 36.6 minutes per game, the second most in the Atlantic 10, and 11th most in the nation. Kimble has played all 40 minutes three times this year.

LOOKING AHEAD: The Hawks will look forward to three straight home games, starting on Saturday against La Salle. SJU then hosts Davidson (Jan. 31) and Fordham (Feb. 4).

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