The Saint Joseph's men's basketball team (10-17; 3-12 A-10) will travel to Saint Louis (9-19; 4-11) for a nationally-televised game (NBC Sports Network) on Saturday. Game time is 4:30 p.m. Eastern (3:30 p.m. local).
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ARENA: Chaifetz Arena (10,600)
TELEVISION: NBCSN (Steve Schlanger, David Kaplan)
RADIO: WTMR 800 AM (Matt Martucci, Joe Lunardi)
AUDIO STREAMING: SJUHawks.com - LISTEN
VIDEO STREAMING: NBCSports.com/Live
HAWKS’ NEXT GAME: March 1 vs. Rhode Island, 7 p.m., ASN/TCN
• Saint Joseph’s had five players in double figures vs. St. Bonaventure, but it wasn’t enough as the Hawks suffered the 83-77 loss.
• James Demery tops the Hawks in scoring in conference games with a 14.4 average.
• Charlie Brown needs six three-pointers to set a new freshman record for the long-range shots, as the record is 65 currently held by both Langston Galloway and Arthur Davis.
• The Hawks have lost seven in a row, which is the longest since a nine-game skid in January 2011. SJU’s last win came on Jan. 28 against La Salle.
• Today is a Jesuit Basketball Spotlight game.
• SJU plays its home finale on Wednesday when it hosts Rhode Island. Seniors Javon Baumann, Brendan Casper and Hawk mascot Timmy Parks will be honored prior to the game.
• Saint Louis enters the game having lost the last three straight. The Billikens, under first-year head coach Travis Ford, are led in scoring by Davell Roby (11.7) and Jermaine Bishop (11.6).
JESUIT VS. JESUIT: Today’s game is a Jesuit Basketball Spotlight contest as both teams are Jesuit universities. The Jesuit Basketball Spotlight, which is in its sixth year, highlights games between men’s and women’s teams from the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the U.S. Each of the 28 is dedicated to strong academics and teaching women and men to serve others and live a faith that does justice. Other Jesuit schools on Saint Joseph’s schedule this season were Loyola Chicago and Fordham.
TOP ROOKIE: Charlie Brown is in the running for the A-10 Rookie of the Year award. He’s averaging 12.7 points per game and is the second highest scoring freshman in the league behind Mike Lewis II of Duquesne (14.0). Brown has been named the A-10 Rookie of the Week three times this season. He has scored double figures in all but six games, and owns a 13-game double-figure scoring streak.
BOOST FROM BRENDAN: Senior Brendan Casper has scored in double figures four times this year and established a career-high with 13 at VCU. The team tri-captain has played a career-high 17.0 minutes per game this year, and made his second start of his career at Dayton while playing a personal-best 35 minutes. The former walk-on has also matched his career-high in rebounds (9) and set a new one in assists (5). After the St. Bonaventure game, Phil Martelli said, “He thought the game in the first half... He’s in there because he’s earned the right to be in there.”
FIVE ALIVE: SJU had five players in double figures versus St. Bonaventure, marking the first time that happened since the 2016 A-10 Quarterfinals.
“A” FOR EFFORT: Despite the adversity the Hawks have faced this year, Phil Martelli hasn’t faulted their effort. “It’s only been one game (Davidson) where we didn’t show up. It’s skill, it’s not will. They just play. I don’t have any question about their efforts. Not to make excuses, but it’s skill and with the limited bodies, we just don’t get enough skill work.”
SLOW STARTERS: Saint Joseph’s slow start at La Salle doomed the Hawks, as they fell behind by double digits in the first three minutes and were down by 20 with eight minutes left in the half. SJU shot just 36 percent in the half and went 0-for-6 from beyond the arc while La Salle made 7-of-16 long-range shots. The Hawks made up some ground in the second half, shooting 56 percent from the field in that half. Facing its biggest deficit of the game, 69-42, SJU went on an 18-2 run to trim La Salle’s lead to 71-60 at 4:56. But that’s as close as the Hawks would come as La Salle scored six straight points to go up 77-60 and secure the win.
HEART OF A HAWK: Saint Joseph’s went into VCU without their two point guards and leading scorers but gave the first-place Rams all they could handle before suffering the 91-81 loss. The Hawks committed 15 turnovers but saw VCU give it away 13 times. SJU shot 57.6 percent from the field in the first half, but VCU’s 10-of-19 effort from three-point range made the difference as the Rams held a 44-40 halftime lead. VCU opened the second half with a run and took an 11-point lead. The Hawks trimmed it to three points, but that was the closest they would get the rest of the way.
TO THE POINT: Lamarr Kimble’s injury has pressed Nick Robinson into point-guard duties for the Hawks and he made his debut at VCU. The freshman played 37 minutes, scored seven points and matched his career-high with four assists. Senior Brendan Casper served as the backup point guard and scored a career-high 13 points at VCU.
MARKELL’S MARK: Markell Lodge had a career-high four blocks vs. St. Bonaventure, all in the second half.
LUCKY CLOVER: Sophomore Chris Clover had the breakout game the Hawks were hoping for against La Salle. He established a new career-high of 13 points in the first seven minutes and had 16 points by halftime. Clover finished the game with a personal best 21 points on 8-for-11 shooting, and 4-of-5 three-pointers, along with five assists. He also saw a career-high 34 minutes of action in the win. He matched the 21 points at VCU and now has seven double-figure games this year.
DEMERY’S DOUBLES: James Demery, the oldest player in the starting lineup, recorded his third double-double of the season with 17 points and 11 rebounds at VCU.
LONG-RANGE WOES: The Hawks have really struggled from behind the arc lately, making just 5-for-29 (17.2 pct) in the past two games.
HAWK LEGEND: Former SJU standout Pat Carroll ‘05 was named to the 2017 Atlantic 10 Legends Class, and will be honored at the A-10 Semifinals in Pittsburgh on March 11. Established in 2013, the Legends program recognizes men’s and women’s basketball student-athletes and coaches who have made a lasting impact on their respective basketball programs and institutions. Carroll made his mark as one of the finest perimeter shooters in SJU and Atlantic 10 history and remains the conference’s all-time leader in career three-point field goal percentage (45.4) Carroll closed out his career in 2005 with his finest season, averaging 18.3 points to be named the Atlantic 10 Co-Player of the Year, while helping the Hawks to berths in the title games of the A-10 and NIT.
LOOKING AHEAD: The Hawks will host Rhode Island in their home finale and “Senior Day” on March 1 as Javon Baumann, Brendan Casper and Hawk mascot Timmy Parks will be honored prior to the game. SJU will close out the regular season at Duquesne on March 4.
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