Phil Martelli, Jr. joins dad on Saint Joseph's basketball staff

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Phil Martelli, Jr. joins dad on Saint Joseph's basketball staff

What's in a name? Well, when you're a basketball coach named Martelli, you've definitely got something good going for you.

Saint Joseph's announced Thursday afternoon that Phil Martelli, Jr., the eldest son of longtime Hawks head coach Phil Martelli, will return to City Line Avenue as the director of basketball operations for his dad's team starting this season. Martelli Jr. was a four-year player for St. Joe's from 1999 to 2003 when the Hawks made a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances and won a trio of Atlantic 10 regular-season crowns.

Most recently, the younger Martelli was an assistant last season for the Sixers' G-League affiliate, the Delaware 87ers. 

Before that, he started as a 22-year-old full-time assistant at Central Connecticut State in 2002 (making him the youngest coach in Division I basketball). Martelli, Jr. then made stops at Manhattan, Niagara and Delaware — the Blue Hens recorded their best season in recent memory just four seasons ago in 2013-14, when they won the Colonial Athletic Association's regular-season and conference titles before appearing in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 15 years.

The Hawks' A-10 pairings are already set for the 2017-18 season, but St. Joe's has yet to announce its full nonconference slate for the year.

St. Joe's to meet St. John's in 2017 Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase

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St. Joe's to meet St. John's in 2017 Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase

With the matchups for Saint Joseph's men's basketball's conference slate already set, the Hawks have now added an old northeast corridor rival to the nonconference portion of their schedule.

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Monday afternoon that St. Joe's and St. John's will meet on Dec. 20 during of the seventh annual Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Providence and Houston will play in the other contest of the two-game event.

“We are honored to be associated with the Basketball Hall of Fame, an organization that promotes all levels of the game," Saint Joseph’s head coach Phil Martelli said in a statement released Monday. "We're delighted for our players to have the opportunity to compete against the legendary St. John's program and are looking forward to an old-fashioned Philly vs. New York matchup.” 

The two schools have played just once in the past 37 years—when the sides met at Hagan Arena in 2013, the Red Storm pulled out a narrow victory to advance to the second round of the NIT. But December's matchup will be the 58th all-time meeting between the programs.

Saint Joseph's last played at the Mohegan Sun Arena back in the 2015 Hall of Fame Showcase, losing to Florida before knocking off Old Dominion in the consolation game. The Hawks return nearly their entire roster for the 2017-18 season, including all five starters, led by the backcourt duo of Shavar Newkirk and Lamarr Kimble.

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

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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.