The Saint Joseph's men's basketball team (9-10; 2-5 A-10) returns home on Saturday, January 28, to host city rival La Salle (11-7; 5-2) in an Atlantic 10 matchup. Tip-off is at 6 p.m. from sold-out Hagan Arena. =
The contest will be televised by the American Sports Network and its affiliates, with the broadcast being seen in Philadelphia on Comcast SportsNet. 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 610 Sports. LISTEN
• The Hawks suffered a 67-63 loss at St. Bonaventure on Tuesday as the Bonnies rallied from an 18-point deficit. Lamarr Kimble had a team-high 14 points for SJU.
• Phil Martelli and staff will be wearing sneakers tonight as part of Coaches vs. Cancer “Suits and Sneakers” Awareness Week (more on pg. 3).
• Tonight’s game does not count in the Big 5 standings. The Feb. 18 meeting at La Salle will be the City Series contest.
• SJU begins a three-game homestand tonight. The Hawks are 4-3 here at Hagan Arena this year.
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 St. Bonaventure and in tonight’s game. 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).
CHARTING CHARLIE: Charlie Brown was named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week for January 23, and for the second time this season. The freshman averaged 15.0 points and 7.5 rebounds in the Hawks’ 1-1 week. Brown set new career-highs with 19 points and nine rebounds in Saint Joseph’s win over Penn, which snapped a three-game losing streak. He shot 7-for-8 from the foul line in the game. Earlier in the week, he had 11 points and grabbed six rebounds in the Hawks’ loss at Massachusetts.
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.
LOSING IT: There have been three games this year in which Saint Joseph’s has held double-digit leads, only to lose it. The largest lead lost was at St. Bonaventure, as the Hawks were up by 18 points in the first half and at 14:59 of the second half, but suffered the 67-63 defeat. SJU also lost a 12-point lead at Massachusetts and an 11-point lead against NC State in the Paradise Jam.
TALE OF TWO HALVES: SJU staked an 18-point lead in the first half at St. Bonaventure, shooting 6-of-11 from three-point range, and 54.8 percent from the field. The Hawks went cold in the second half, making just 8-of-29 field goals and 1-of-11 three-point attempts, en route to the loss.
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.”
HANDS OFF: As they have in the past few years, the Hawks are limiting their personal fouls and now average 16.6 per game. They lead the A-10 and rank 21st in the nation in fewest fouls with 315. At one point last year, SJU led the nation in fewest fouls and only had 10 disqualifications.
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 36.8 minutes per game, the second most in the Atlantic 10, and ninth most in the nation. Kimble has played all 40 minutes four times this year.
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 19 points in the win over Penn and has reached double figures in 13 games this year.
LOOKING AHEAD: The Hawks have two more home games in this three-game string, hosting Davidson on Jan. 31 and Fordham on Feb. 4. Saint Joseph’s returns to the road on Feb. 7 at Dayton