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.

Balanced St. Joe's cruises to win over Bucknell

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Balanced St. Joe's cruises to win over Bucknell

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James Demery scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds as Saint Joseph's beat Bucknell 83-70 on Wednesday night.

Demery was 8 of 18 from the field for the Hawks (4-3). Shavar Newkirk added 19 points, 10 rebounds and six assists and Chris Clover had 17 points while Pierfrancesco Oliva grabbed 10 rebounds. The team averaged 41 percent shooting from the field compared to 34 percent for Bucknell.

The Hawks took an early lead and a Robinson layup gave them a 27-16 advantage with 7:06 left in the first half. They were up 40-27 at the break.

Saint Joseph's led by double figures throughout the second half and Taylor Funk sank a layup and a 3-pointer back-to-back to stretch it to 60-39 with 11:23 to play.

Nana Foulland scored 17 points and had 10 rebounds for the Bison (3-5). Zach Thomas added 15 points and led the team with a career-best 19 rebounds.

St. Joe's downs Sacramento State to place 7th in Wooden Legacy

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St. Joe's downs Sacramento State to place 7th in Wooden Legacy

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FULLERTON, Calif. -- Shavar Newkirk scored 22 points and freshman Taylor Funk scored five points to break a late tie and Saint Joseph's overcame poor shooting to down Sacramento State 74-69 on Sunday for seventh place in the Wooden Legacy.

Newkirk made 11 of 14 free throws and Funk scored all of his 15 points after halftime when Saint Joseph's (3-3) battled back after Sacramento State (1-6) had shot out to a 52-40 lead. James Demery also scored 15 for the Hawks, who have played all six games on the road, and Lorenzo Edwards scored 10 with nine rebounds. Saint Joseph's scored 27 points off 17 Sac State turnovers.

Justin Strings and Joshua Patton led Sacramento State with 20 and 15 points, respectively. Izayah Mauriohoohoo-Le'Afa added nine rebounds, six assists and seven points for the Hornets.

The contest was one of wild swings, with Saint Joseph's holding an 11-point lead early in the first half and Sacramento State up 12 midway through the second.