SAINT JOSEPH’S HAWKS (9-10; 0-2 Big 5) at PENN QUAKERS (12-5; 0-3 Big 5)
January 27, 2018 • 7 p.m. • NBCSP
The Palestra (8,722) • Philadelphia, Pa.

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PROBABLE HAWK STARTERS
F- James Demery (Sr.) – 17.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg
F- Pierfrancesco Oliva (R-So.) – 7.1 ppg, 7.9 rpg
F- Taylor Funk (Fr.) – 12.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg
G- Chris Clover (Jr.) – 7.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg
G- Shavar Newkirk (Sr.) – 16.7 ppg, 4.3 apg

ABOUT THE HAWKS
• Saint Joseph’s lost another close one on the road, falling to St. Bonaventure, 70-67, as the Bonnies hit the game-winning shot with :19 to play
• James Demery is averaging a career-best 17.8 points for the Hawks and is averaging 19.5 points in Atlantic 10 games
• The Hawks rank second in the nation in fewest turnovers (178) and fewest per game (9.4)
• SJU is 7-1 at home, with a five-game winning streak, but is 1-6 on the road this year; the Hawks are looking to snap a four-game road losing streak
• This is the Hawks’ third Big 5 game of the year but they won’t close out City Series play until the March 3 home game with La Salle
• Saint Joseph’s owns a 335-165 record at The Palestra in over 60 years of games played here
• This game closes out Suits and Sneakers Week, an American Cancer Society initiative. Phil Martelli is the chair of the National Coaches vs. Cancer Council

HAWKS’ STREAK: 1 loss

SERIES vs. PENN: SJU leads 51-35

KEY TO THE CITY
• The Hawks are 0-2 in the Big 5 this season with losses to Villanova and Temple
• SJU went 1-3 in the Big 5 last year with the lone win coming over Penn
• The Hawks will close out Big 5 play in the final regular-season game, against La Salle on March 3 in Hagan Arena
• Saint Joseph’s has won 20 Big 5 titles (9 outright/11 shared), which is behind Temple’s 27 titles (6/21 shared) and Villanova’s 25 (14 outright/11 shared)

CLOSE CALLS
• The Hawks have been involved in a number of close games this year, as 12 of the 19 have been decided by less than 10 points
• More importantly, eight of SJU’s 10 losses are by a combined total of 31 points, an average margin of 3.9 points

BIG MAN IN THE BIG 5
• James Demery was named the Big 5 Player of the Week for Jan. 22, earning honors for the second time this season
• Demery averaged 22.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game in SJU’s 2-0 week, while converting 50 percent from the field
• He scored a team-high 19 points on 7-for-11 shooting in the win over Dayton. He followed that with 25 points, in the win over Fordham where he made a career-best 11 field goals, had seven boards and dished out four assists
• Demery had previously earned Co-Player of the Week honors on January 8

FOR A GOOD CAUSE
• It is Suits and Sneakers Week, a Coaches vs. Cancer initiative where the nation’s coaches will be wearing sneakers on the sidelines to raise awareness in the fight against cancer. Phil Martelli and staff are participating for both games this week
• Fans can contribute by bidding on the coaches’ sneakers or by purchasing Lacey’s Laces, in memory of Lacey Holsworth, who passed away at the age of eight. Those links are:
ebay.com/coachesvscancer
shoecarnival.com/lacey

NEXT UP
• Jan. 31 vs. Saint Louis, 7 p.m., A-10 Network
• Feb. 3 at La Salle, 4 p.m., CBSSN

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