Saint Joseph's (20-7) at St. Bonaventure (16-12)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, March 1, 3 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Reilly Center (5,480) -- St. Bonaventure, New York. Television: NBCSN. Home Record: SJU 11-3, SBU 10-3. Away Record: SJU 7-3, SBU 4-8. Neutral Record: SJU 2-1, SBU 2-1. Conference Record: SJU 10-3, SBU 6-8. Series record: Saint Joseph's leads, 46-19.
GAME NOTES: Winners of five consecutive games, the Saint Joseph's Hawks take on the St. Bonaventure Bonnies this afternoon at the Reilly Center.
The Hawks enter the day in second place in the Atlantic 10 Conference standings, two games behind Saint Louis. Phil Martelli's team has won 16 of its last 19 games since a Dec. 7 loss to Big 5 rival Villanova. On Tuesday, Ronald Roberts scored 22 points to power Saint Joseph's to a 79-53 home win over the Dayton Flyers. Chris Wilson added a career-high 20 points, DeAndre' Bembry finished with 12 and Halil Kanacevic chipped in with 10 points, eight assists, eight rebounds and four blocked shots.
Langston Galloway (16.5 ppg) is one of four players currently averaging double figure scoring for the Hawks. He is joined by Roberts (14.6 ppg), Bembry (11.5 ppg) and Kanacevic (10.9 ppg, 8.6 rpg). Galloway needs 12 points to move past Carl Jones (1,845) into third place on the school's all-time scoring list. The Hawks are first in the A-10 in 3-point percentage (.390), and are shooting a league-best 48 percent in league games alone.
If the Hawks win, they will log their most victories in conference play (11) since the 2004-05 season (14 wins). A six-game win streak would be the longest for the Hawks since a seven-game run during the 2008-09 campaign.
The Bonnies, losers of two in a row, are coming off a 75-67 setback at La Salle on Wednesday. Matthew Wright logged 18 points, Youssou Ndoye tallied 16 points and six rebounds, while Dion Wright chipped in with 11 points and Charlon Kloof added eight assists for St. Bonaventure.
Wright (16.1 ppg), who enters the game 11 points shy of 1,000 for his career, has been a big reason why the Bonnies are four games over .500 at the moment. The guard, who will be honored this afternoon as will other seniors in their final home game, has averaged 18.2 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists while shooting 43 percent from the field, and 40 percent from 3-point range over his last nine contests. Marquise Simmons (7.8 ppg) leads the A-10 in field goal percentage (.634). Kloof (11.6 ppg) and Ndoye (10.0 ppg) are also part of the starting lineup for a team that averages 74.2 ppg.
A win today would give Saint Joseph's its longest winning streak of the season. It would also give the Hawks 21 victories for the first time since 2007-08 when they reached the NCAA Tournament. Even though the Bonnies are just 19-46 all-time against the Hawks, they've had some recent success against Saint Joseph's. The Bonnies have beaten the Hawks three consecutive times. Prior to the three victories, the Bonnies had lost 17 of the previous 18 contests to the Hawks.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: St. Bonaventure 73, Saint Joseph's 72
03/01 10:14:35 ET