Saint Joseph's (13-5) at Richmond (13-6)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 25, 4 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Robins Center (7,201) -- Richmond, Virginia. Television: NBCSN. Home Record: SJU 7-2, Richmond 8-2. Away Record: SJU 4-2, Richmond 4-3. Neutral Record: SJU 2-1, Richmond 1-1. Conference Record: SJU 3-1, Richmond 3-1. Series Record: Saint Joseph's leads, 15-6.
GAME NOTES: Coming off a big win over a nationally ranked foe, the Richmond Spiders host the streaking Saint Joseph's Hawk in an Atlantic 10 Conference battle at the Robins Center.
The red-hot Hawks have won their last four outings and nine of their last 10 overall. On Wednesday night, they outlasted Rhode Island at home, 61-57.
Wednesday night was big for the Spiders too, as they took down No. 13 Massachusetts, 58-55, at home. The Spiders have now won five of their last six games against ranked teams at the Robins Center, with last season's 84-72 triumph over No. 16 VCU the most recent one prior to Wednesday's result. Richmond is a winner of its last three coming into this contest.
Saint Joseph's leads the all-time series with Richmond, 15-6. The Hawks have won two of the last three, including the only meeting last season in a 61-55 decision in Philadelphia.
Paced by a 20-point, nine-rebound effort from Ronald Roberts, the Hawks took down the Rhode Island Rams on Wednesday night. Roberts shot 7-of-9 from the field. Langston Galloway put up 15 points for the hosts, while Halil Kanacevic netted 11. The Hawks took control of the contest midway through the second half after an 18-2 spurt gave them a 10-point lead with less than seven minutes to play. The Rams brought their deficit to three with under 10 seconds left, but Galloway drained 1-of-2 at the foul line at the other end to make it a two-possession game for Saint Joseph's, effectively sealing the win. The Hawks outscored the Rams at the foul line on the evening, 21-10.
Galloway (17.2 ppg) needs just two 3-pointers to become the program's all-time leader and pass Pat Carroll (294). He ranks tops in the league in 3-point percentage, knocking them down at a 47.2 percent clip. Roberts (14.6 ppg, 7.3 rpg) is shooting 58.1 percent from the field. Bembry (11.1 ppg), Kanacevic (10.4 ppg, 8.1 rpg) and Wilson (9.6 ppg) round out a potent starting five for a team that averages 73.4 ppg and shoots the ball at 48 percent overall and 40.3 percent from beyond the arc, with both marks being the best in the conference. The downfall for the Hawks is their free-throw shooting, as they are last in the league at 63.7 percent.
Richmond's Kendall Anthony scored 21 points to lead the way in the upset of Massachusetts. Anthony buried 4-of-6 attempts from 3-point range to carry the Spiders, while Cedrick Lindsay added 11 points to help the squad deal the Minutemen their first conference loss of the season and snap a six-game win streak in the process. A late 7-1 run brought the Minutemen within 56-55 with 11.1 seconds to go, but Lindsay made two critical free throws on the ensuing possession, and a 3-point try by the Minutemen that would have forced overtime was too strong as time ran out.
The Spiders are not a particularly impressive offensive team, averaging just 69.2 ppg and shooting 44.1 percent from the floor. Each of those marks is among the bottom three in the conference. However, they are solid defensively, surrendering only 64.8 ppg on 40.4 percent shooting. Cedrick Lindsay (18.6 ppg, 4.2 apg) and Kendall Anthony (13.7 ppg) team up to form a potent backcourt tandem. Terry Allen (8.8 ppg) is the next best scoring option, while Alonzo Nelson-Ododa (7.1 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.5 bpg) is tops in the league in blocked shots (48).
The Hawks have been on quite a roll of late and show no signs of letting up. While a good defensive squad, the Spiders could have trouble keeping Saint Joseph's in check, particularly from long-range.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Saint Joseph�s 72, Richmond 64
01/25 10:28:53 ET