Men's Basketball Returns Home to Host Harvard on Tuesday
Nov. 19, 2012
PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's (2-1) returns home after a second-place finish in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic to host Harvard (2-1) on Tuesday, November 20 at Hagan Arena. The game time is now 8 p.m. so the contest can be televised live on the NBC Sports Network. The Saint Joseph's women's team will host Syracuse at 5 p.m.
Tickets are available for both games at the box office or by calling 888-SJU-HAWK.
Because of the telecast on the NBC Sports Network (formerly Versus), there will be no video streaming of the game.
The game will be broadcast on SportsRadio 610 WIP with Matt Martucci and Joe Lunardi calling the action. Audio streaming of the game will be available on SJUHawks.com free of charge. LISTEN LIVE
Fans can also access the broadcast on their mobile devices by going to IRadioPhilly.com.
GAME NOTES: The Hawks return home after a runner-up finish in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic held in Brooklyn, after defeating #20 Notre Dame in overtime and falling to Florida State.
Ronald Roberts was named the Atlantic 10 Player of the Week after his performance in the Hawks' first three games (more on page 3). He was also named to the All-Tournament Team at the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.
Saint Joseph's was chosen as the preseason favorite in the Atlantic 10, earning 11 first-place votes from the conference's head coaches and media.
The Hawks received 30 votes in the AP Poll and two votes in the USA Today Poll for Nov. 12.
Harvard will be the second Ivy League opponent faced by the Hawks this year. SJU defeated Yale, 61-35, in the season opener.
AST MEETING VS. HARVARD: The teams played an entertaining game on New Year's Eve 2011 in Cambridge, with the Crimson pulling out a 74-69 win. SJU held a 48-38 lead at halftime, shooting 79.2 percent (19-of-24) from the field, for the season's highest scoring half. In the second half, the Hawks went cold, converting just 8-of-27 from the field and going 0-for-8 from three-point range. SJU maintained a double-digit lead until midway through the half but then it was all Harvard from 10:02 on, as the Crimson closed out the game with a 24-8 run. Carl Jones scored 22 points to lead the Hawks.
RAVING ABOUT RONALD: Ronald Roberts has been named the Atlantic 10 Player of the Week for Nov. 19 after averaging 15.3 points and 13.0 rebounds in the Hawks' first week of the season. The junior earned All-Tournament honors at the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, averaging 18.0 points and 13.5 points as SJU finished as the runner-up. He scored 21 points and grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds in the overtime win of #20 Notre Dame. He followed that with another double-double (15 pts, 11 rbs) in the loss to Florida State. The team leader in scoring and rebounding, he also had 10 points and 11 rebounds in the season opener vs. Yale. It is the first weekly A-10 honor of his career.
CALLING ON CHRIS: Sophomore Chris Wilson opened the season as the Hawks' starting point guard due to Carl Jones' absence and has had a solid three games. He had a career-best performance in the win over Notre Dame, scoring a personal-best 19 points on 6-for-10 shooting, while going 4-for-4 from the foul line in the final 20 seconds of overtime. He averaged 15.0 points and went 8-for-8 from the foul line in the two games of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. Wilson made one start last season, and averaged 3.3 points and 2.7 assists in 33 contests.
LANGSTON AND THE LIST: Langston Galloway has 989 career points and needs just 11 points to reach 1,000 for his career. He will become the 18th Hawk to join the club as a junior and the second consecutive junior to do so. Carl Jones achieved the feat last year in the ninth game of the season (vs. Boston University). Galloway will become the 50th player in school history to join the 1,000-point club.
HE'S BACK: Senior guard Carl Jones made his season debut against Florida State, coming off the bench to score 13 points in 28 minutes. He had missed the first three games due to violation of the University's community standards, beginning with the exhibition game against Wheeling Jesuit on November 8. INJURY REPORT: Sophomore Evan Maschmeyer is sidelined indefinitely with a fracture in his right hand suffered in practice the week of Nov. 5.
CRUNCH TIME: Chris Wilson and Ronald Roberts combined to score 11 of the Hawks' 13 points in overtime to lead the win over Notre Dame. Wilson went 4-for-4 from the foul line during the extra period and finished the game with a career-high 19 points. Langston Galloway had the other two points with an emphatic dunk at the buzzer.
TOOTH AND NAIL: One of the lasting images from the Notre Dame win was Langston Galloway diving on the floor for a loose ball and having one of his teeth pop out. Despite the loss of the tooth, Galloway returned to the game less than a minute later and hit two key free throws and scored on a layup to send the game into overtime.
SEEING DOUBLE: Ronald Roberts has started off the season with three consecutive double-doubles, including a 21-point, 16-rebound performance in the upset of #20 Notre Dame. Halil Kanacevic also opened the year with a double-double against Yale, with 11 points and 11 rebounds. He has eight double-doubles in his career, while Roberts now has six career double-doubles.
DOING IT ALL: Halil Kanacevic fills the boxscore unlike any player. He had a productive stat line vs. Notre Dame - 15 points, eight rebounds, six assists, three blocks and three steals.
UP FRONT: The Hawks' frontline of C.J. Aiken, Ronald Roberts and Halil Kanacevic is looking to be one of SJU's strongest in recent memory. Thus far, the trio has combined to score 51.9 percent of the team's points (107) and has posted 65.5 percent of the Hawks' rebounds (76).
LONG-RANGE STRUGGLES: The Hawks have struggled with their three-point shooting in the early going, hitting just 25.0 percent. In the loss to Florida State, SJU made just 4-for-21, which included a 1-for-11 effort in the second half. Halil Kanacevic is leading the team, shooting 44.4 percent by converting 4-of-9 from three-point range.
IRON MEN: Three Hawks - C.J. Aiken, Halil Kanacevic, and Langston Galloway - played 44 minutes in the overtime win over Notre Dame. Ronald Roberts is averaging 37.3 minutes overall while Chris Wilson is playing 37.0 minutes per game. Galloway is at 36.7. minutes.
LOOKING AHEAD: Saint Joseph's gets a week-long break before hosting American on November 28. The Hawks will then travel to Jesuit rival Creighton on December 1 for their first true "road" game of the year.