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Men's Basketball

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Courtesy: Sideline Photos, LLC
Men's Basketball Visits Dayton on Tuesday
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  02/06/2017

The Saint Joseph's men's basketball team (10-12; 3-7 A-10) heads onto the road to take on Dayton (17-5; 8-2) on Tuesday at 8 p.m. The game can be seen in Philadelphia on The Comcast Network.

The contest will be televised by the American Sports Network and its affiliates in Pennsylvania, New York, North Carolina, Missouri, Ohio 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 Saint Joseph's Sports Network broadcast can be heard on 97.5 (FM) the Fanatic. LISTEN

ARENA: University of Dayton Arena (13,455)
TELEVISION: ASN, TCN (Dave Armstrong, Mark Adams)
RADIO: 97.5 the Fanatic (Matt Martucci, Joe Lunardi)
AUDIO STREAMING: SJUHawks.com
VIDEO STREAMING: AmericanSportsNet.com
SERIES RECORD: UD leads 20-18
HAWKS’ NEXT GAME: Feb. 11 vs. Massachusetts, 2:30 p.m., NBCSN

GAME NOTES 
• The Hawks suffered a heartbreaking 86-83 loss to Fordham in double overtime on Saturday. Lamarr Kimble had 24 points and Charlie Brown scored a career-high 22.
• Lamarr Kimble ranks third in the nation for minutes played (37.4). He’s seen all 40 minutes of action six times this year, including a 50-minute effort in the Fordham game. Kimble averages a league-high 39.3 minutes in A-10 games.
• The Hawks are looking to avoid a three-game losing streak, which would match the longest of the season from early January.
• Tonight marks the 699th game coached by Phil Martelli in his 22 years at SJU.
• Saint Joseph’s is back at home on Saturday for a second meeting with Massachusetts.
• Dayton has won two in a row and five of its last six games, with the loss coming to VCU. The Flyers have four players averaging double figures led by Charles Cooke with 16.7 ppg.

SERIES WITH DAYTON: SJU has won two in a row and four of the last five vs. Dayton... SJU scored two wins last year, including an 82-79 win in the A-10 Semifinals... The Hawks’ last loss to the Flyers came here at UD Arena in 2014-15... Saint Joseph’s has only won once in the last 10 tries here in Dayton. The 60-57 win came on Jan. 29, 2014 when Langston Galloway hit a three-pointer with 1.8 seconds to play.

KIMBLE IN THE CLUTCH: Lamarr Kimble has repeatedly shown that he’s the Hawks’ go-to guy in the clutch and in fact, showed that a few times in the Fordham game. He made a three-pointer with :07 left in regulation to put the Hawks ahead, but Fordham tied it with a last-second layup. Kimble sent the game into the second overtime with a pair of free throws at :05 of the first overtime. With :07 left in the second overtime, he made two free throws to tie the game again, but Fordham’s Antwoine Anderson hit the game-winning three at the buzzer. Kimble does have one game-winning shot this season, as he hit a short jumper with 15.8 seconds to go to lift the Hawks over La Salle, 73-72, on Jan. 28. It was the second gamewinner of his career as his three-pointer in overtime helped defeat Temple on Dec. 13, 2015.

CHANGE FOR CHARLIE: Senior Brendan Casper made the first start of his career against Fordham in place of Charlie Brown, who was late for an academic appointment. The few minutes on the bench might have energized Brown as he scored nine points in two minutes, hitting three three-pointers once he entered the game. The freshman finished the contest with a career-high 22 points, while hitting a personal-best six three-pointers and the most for a Hawk this year.

TERRIBLE TUESDAYS: The Hawks have an unusual amount of games on Tuesdays this year and they are winless so far in four tries.

EXTRA TIME: The Fordham game marked the first double-overtime contest for SJU since Feb. 29, 2012, a loss at St. Bonaventure. With a thin bench, the Hawks have logged many minutes this year and they certainly did against Fordham. Lamarr Kimble played all 50 and Charlie Brown (46), James Demery (44) and Markell Lodge (36) each established new career-highs for minutes played.

LID ON THE BASKET: Free-throw shooting is a glaring weakness as the team is hitting just 64.2 percent from the line and has shot 60 percent or below eight times this year, including the last four straight. In conference games, the Hawks are converting 59.1 percent from the line. Against Fordham, SJU couldn’t take advantage of 26 fouls committed by its  opponent and went 24-for-40 from the foul line in the double overtime loss. One of their best free-throw shooters (Shavar Newkirk at 84.7%) is on the sidelines and Charlie Brown is the only player hitting over 80 percent, at 86.5, to rank third in the A-10. The team ranks 322nd in the nation in free throw percentage.

WORKING OVERTIME: Lamarr Kimble has played a lot of minutes already this year and 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 37.4 minutes per game, the second most in the Atlantic 10, and third highest in the nation. In conference games, however, he can’t do much as he’s playing 39.3 minutes per game, the highest inthe league. Kimble has played all 40 minutes six times this year, including a career-high 50 in the double-overtime game with Fordham.

MINUTE BY MINUTE: Lamarr Kimble’s minutes per game average this season will rank among the top efforts for a Hawk. DeAndre’ Bembry owns the highest average in SJU history and Kimble’s not far behind. Here’s the all-time list for minutes per game in a season: 1. DeAndre’ Bembry-‘14-15 - 38.6; 2. Ron Righter- ‘74-75 - 37.6; 3. Lamarr Kimble- ‘16-17- 37.4 and Dwayne Lee- ‘05-06 - 37.4;
5. DeAndre’ Bembry- ‘15-16 - 37.2.

CHARLIE IN CHARGE: Charlie Brown had a key stretch in the La Salle win in which he had 10 points in a span of four minutes when the Explorers had taken the lead. The freshman ended that run with two free throws that tied the game with 6:19 to play. Brown, who finished the game with 15 points and made 7-of-8 from the foul line, has scored double figures 16 times this year. He reached a career-high with 22 points in the double-overtime loss to Fordham.

LOOKING AHEAD: Saint Joseph’s returns home to host Massachusetts on Feb. 11, before going back on the road for a Valentine’s Day meeting at VCU.

 

 

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