Monday Round-Up

On Saturday afternoon, St. Joe's got a much-needed home win when they outlasted George Mason 58-54 at Hagan Arena. DeAndre Bembry paced the Hawks with a double-double, and SJU got bench help from the likes of Aaron Brown (pictured) and Jail Williams. SJU improved to 10-12 on the season, and 4-6 in league play with the win. It was also a busy weekend for St. Joe's 2015 recruiting class.

DeAndre Bembry had 14 points and 11 rebounds on Saturday afternoon at Hagan Arena, as St. Joe's did just enough to withstand a late run by George Mason. Bembry also had a team-high 4 assists for the Hawks, who made things much harder than they needed to be by going just 16-31 from the free throw line.

James Demery re-entered the starting lineup for Phil Martelli on Saturday, after Aaron Brown earned back-to-back starts. Off the bench, Brown was terrific, finishing with 11 points, including several key buckets in the game's closing minutes. Jai Williams, the West Philadelphia native, had a career-high 8 points off the bench, all in the first half.

With a lineup that included Shavar Newkirk,Aaron Brown, and Jai Williams off the bench, St. Joe's played inspired ball early, racing out to a 27-20 lead following a Shavar Newkirk corner three. The Hawks entered the locker room at halftime with a relatively comfortable 31-24 lead.

The second half wasn't a well-played 20 minutes of basketball for either team. Still, with just over six minutes to go, an Aaron Brown basket gave the Hawks a ten-point lead, at 49-39. GMU rattled off a 9-1 run to pull within 50-48 with 3:20 to play. During this entire stretch, the Hawks made life so much harder on themselves than they needed to. Missing 15 free throws, while also going just 2-13, isn't exactly a recipe for success in the Atlantic 10. Fortunately for the Hawks, George Mason just didn't have enough to get fully over the hump. In the closing minute, Chris Wilson went 3-4 from the stripe to ice things.

JUCO product Shevon Thompson had a monster game, finishing with 15 points and 16 rebounds. Patrick Holloway was Mason's only other double-digit scorer though, scoring most of his 15 points in the second half. Mason's three other starters combined, combined, for just six points.

While it wasn't pretty by any stretch, it was a win. And with that win, St. Joe's improved to 10-12 on the year, with eight games left to play. The Hawks return to action Wednesday at home against a URI team that's tied for first place in the conference.

On the recruiting front, St. Joe's 2015 commits turned in exceptional performances this weekend. It began on Saturday afternoon when 6'8 combo forward Pierfrancesco Oliva had a monster performance in a Bergen Catholic (NJ) win over Northern Highlands. In the win, Oliva had 18 points, 22 rebounds, 6 assists, 6 blocks, and 5 steals. Bergen Catholic now plays Passaic Monday night at 7 o'clock.

St. Joe's Prep (PA) and La Salle Prep played an epic triple-overtime thriller at The Prep Sunday. 6'4 shooting guard Chris Clover, a Hawk commit, had 37 points in the 79-74 Prep victory. Clover scored 12 of his game-high 37 points in the 4th, when The Prep overcame a late deficit. The two teams will now meet again on Friday. Same place, same teams. This time, however, it is a Philadelphia Catholic League playoff game. Hawk Hill Hardwood will be there, and will have complete coverage.

The match-up between St. Joe's Prep and La Salle Prep takes place at 3:45. At 7 o'clock, Neumann-Goretti, with 2015 commit Lamarr Kimble and 2017 offer Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree, will host a playoff game against a still-to-be-determined opponent. The Catholic League playoffs are upon us.

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