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Courtesy: SJU Athletics
Men's Basketball Hosts Rhode Island for Senior Night
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  02/28/2017

Saint Joseph's (10-18; 3-13 A-10) will host Rhode Island (19-9; 11-5) in the final home game of the season on Wednesday, March 1 at 7 p.m. The game will be televised on The Comcast Network in Philadelphia.

SJU will honor its seniors - Javon Baumann, Brendan Casper and Hawk mascot Timmy Parks -  in their final game in Hagan Arena with a pre-game ceremony (approximately 6:40 p.m.).

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.

The radio broadcast can be heard on 610 Sports or via streaming audio on SJUHawks.com. - LISTEN

ARENA: Michael J. Hagan ‘85 Arena (4,200)
TELEVISION: ASN, TCN (Ed Cohen, John Griffin)
RADIO: 610 Sports (Matt Martucci, Joe Lunardi)
AUDIO STREAMING: SJUHawks.com
VIDEO STREAMING: A-10 Digital Network - WATCH
HAWKS’ NEXT GAME: March 4 at Duquesne, 2 p.m.

GAME NOTES
• Saint Joseph’s lost a second-half lead en route to a 61-60 defeat at Saint Louis. Chris Clover notched his fourth straight double-figure game with a team-high 17 points. Charlie Brown had 16 and James Demery scored 14 while Brendan Casper handed out a career-high seven assists.
• James Demery tops the Hawks in scoring in conference games with a 14.3 average.
• Charlie Brown needs two three-point field goals 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 eight 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.
• SJU will close out the regular season on Saturday at Duquesne and return to Pittsburgh a few days later on March 8 for the Atlantic 10 Championship Opening Round.

SENIOR SALUTE: Tonight marks the final home game for seniors Javon Baumann and Brendan Casper, as well as Hawk mascot Timmy Parks. Baumann is a fifth-year senior who has played in 97 career games, making 30 starts. He led the Hawks in blocked shots in 2014-15 and was a co-recipient of the team’s Most Improved award in 2013-14. Baumann received his bachelor’s degree in December 2015 and is completing his master’s degree in international business. Casper, a former walk-on who received a scholarship last Spring, has played in 70 games and recorded new career-highs this season in points, rebounds, assists and minutes. He has scored in double figures five times this season. The team’s Most Improved Player in 2014-15, he will receive his bachelor’s degree in business administration. Parks, from Wilmington, Del., has served as the Hawk mascot for the past two seasons.

DISTINGUISHED DUO: Javon Baumann and Brendan Casper are the last of six Hawks who have won two Atlantic 10 Championships (2014 and 2016).

LOSING IT: The loss at Saint Louis marked the fifth time that Saint Joseph’s has held a double-digit lead (13 points), only to lose it. The Hawks had their biggest lead of the game, 50-37, with 9:48 to play and saw SLU gone on a 15-2 run to tied the game with 5:28 to play. The largest lead lost this season was at St. Bonaventure on Jan. 24, as the Hawks were up by 18 points at 14:59 of the second half, but suffered the 67-63 defeat. SJU lost a 15-point lead to Fordham in the double-overtime loss as well as a 12-point lead at Massachusetts and an 11-point lead to NC State in the Paradise Jam.

LUCKY CLOVER: Sophomore Chris Clover had the breakout game the Hawks were hoping for against La Salle (Jan. 28). 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 while seeing a career-high 34 minutes of action in the win. He matched the 21 points at VCU and scored a team-high 17 at Saint Louis. Clover has tallied double figures in four straight games, averaging 15.5 ppg during that stretch.

MISSED OPPORTUNITY: The Hawks attempted 10 more free throws than Saint Louis, but didn’t take advantage, making just 16-of-29 (55.2%) in the loss. Saint Louis took only two attempts in the first half, but then made 11-of-17 in the second half. It marked the seventh time this year that the Hawks had a sub-50 percent shooting game from the line.

WHO’S NEXT: Brendan Casper has seen more time at point guard in the last few games. At Saint Louis, the senior handed out a career-high seven assists without a turnover.

TOP ROOKIE: Charlie Brown is in the running for the A-10 Rookie of the Year award. He’s averaging 12.8 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 14-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 points at VCU. The team tri-captain has played a career-high 17.4 minutes per game this year, and made the 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 with seven at Saint Louis. After the second 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.” 

EYE ON JAI: Jai Williams has been giving the Hawks solid minutes off the bench. At Dayton, the junior tied his career-high with eight points on 4-for-4 shooting. In the win over La Salle, Williams played a personal best 25 minutes and grabbed a career-high eight rebounds. He had six points at St. Bonaventure, going 3-for-4, and tied his career-high with eight rebounds at Saint Louis.

MARKELL’S MARK: Markell Lodge had a career-high four blocks vs. St. Bonaventure, all in the second half.

LOOKING AHEAD:  Saint Joseph’s closes out the regular season at Duquesne on March 4 and will then return to Pittsburgh just a few days later for the opening round of the 2017 Atlantic 10 Championship at PPG Paints Arena.

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