St. Joe's full non-conference schedule released for 2017-18 season

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St. Joe's full non-conference schedule released for 2017-18 season

St. Joe's is headed to the West Coast for Thanksgiving.

The Hawks will, for the first time, participate in the Wooden Legacy at Cal State Fullerton from Nov. 23-26. They open the tournament against Washington State and then play either Harvard or Saint Mary's the next day. Cal State Fullerton, Georgia, Sacramento State and San Diego State are the other teams in the tourney.

On Dec. 2, St. Joe's hosts Villanova, a week before visiting Temple.

Phil Martelli's team also travels to Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut to face St. John's on Dec. 20.

Here's a look at Saint Joseph's full non-conference schedule, released Thursday:

Nov. 11: at Toledo

Nov. 18: Princeton

Nov. 23: vs. Washington State*

Nov. 24: vs. Harvard/Saint Mary's*

Nov. 26: TBA*

Nov. 29: Bucknell

Dec. 2: Villanova

Dec. 9: at Temple

Dec. 17: Maine

Dec. 20: vs. St. John's (in Connecticut)

Jan. 27: at Penn (Palestra)

*Wooden Legacy tournament in California

St. Joe's to open Wooden Legacy Tournament against Washington State on Thanksgiving

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St. Joe's to open Wooden Legacy Tournament against Washington State on Thanksgiving

This year, Turkey Day entails Hawks basketball.

Saint Joseph's has drawn Washington State in the first round of the Wooden Legacy Tournament, which opens on Thanksgiving, Nov. 23, on the campus of Cal State Fullerton. The game is set for 6:30 p.m. on ESPN3. Win or lose, Phil Martelli's team will play the next day against either Saint Mary's or Harvard.

Cal State Fullerton, Georgia, San Diego State and Sacramento State fill the other side of the eight-team bracket. SJU is guaranteed three games and will also play one of those four schools, depending on results. The final day of the tournament is Sunday, Nov. 26.

The injury bug took a big bite out of the Hawks' 2016-2017 campaign that resulted in a disappointing 11-20 record. However, all of the team's key players are back for another year, and with health and experience figure to improve on that mark.

Shavar Newkirk and Lamarr Kimble, SJU's two leading scorers from last season, should both be good to go in the fall after suffering season-ending injuries.

St. Joe's ousted by UMass in opening round of A-10 Tournament, 70-63

St. Joe's ousted by UMass in opening round of A-10 Tournament, 70-63

BOX SCORE

PITTSBURGH -- C.J. Anderson scored 17 points, Zach Lewis added 14 and Massachusetts held off a late rally from St. Joseph's for a 70-63 victory in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament on Wednesday night.

No. 12 seed UMass (15-17) snapped a three-game skid and plays fifth-seeded St. Bonaventure in a Thursday quarterfinal. No. 13 seed St. Joseph's (11-20) lost ten of its last 11.

"This has been humbling, for all of us," St. Joe's head coach Phil Martelli said. "I don't think you can get better as a player until you're humbled. So you know, we'll start again. They go home for a week next week and then we'll start. And those that are humbled will get better."

Luwane Pipkins' 3-pointer stretched the Minutemen's lead to its largest of the game, 58-39, with about eight minutes left. But the Hawks rallied with a 24-6 run to pull to 66-63 with 14 seconds left. Lewis made a pair of free throws and forced a turnover, and Anderson sealed it with a dunk.

"They made some threes that we didn't anticipate and we had to change up our defensive look," Martelli said. "Then we got it tight, you know, our bugaboo all year has been foul shooting. We were 2 for 6 in a tight stretch at the end, could have made it a one-possession game a little earlier than we did."

"That's what we've been about all year, just battling, playing, segment by segment, just trying to grind," senior forward Brendan Casper said. "We got ourselves in a hole. We got ourselves out, but it wasn't enough."

Lewis surpassed 1,000 career points and Pipkins finished with 13.

James Demery scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead St. Joseph's.