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.
Shavar Newkirk had 26 points and a career-high ten assists and Saint Joseph's rolled in an 82-75 victory over Duquesne on Saturday night for its third-straight win.
Newkirk was 7 of 15 from the field, made 10 of 11 free throws and collected his third double-double. Nick Robinson had season highs with 16 points and 11 rebounds for Saint Joseph's (12-14, 7-7 Atlantic 10 Conference).
Rene Castro-Caneddy scored 21 points to lead Duquesne (15-12, 6-8), which has lost six of its last seven. Eric Williams Jr. added 18 points and 12 rebounds.
Robinson's 3-pointer gave the Hawks a double-digit lead with 11:44 remaining in the first half, but Duquesne closed the half on a 10-4 surge to pull to 36-31. The Dukes stayed within single digits before Saint Joseph's pulled away with a 12-3 surge and had a 13-point lead with 2:45 left.
NEW YORK -- James Demery and Shavar Newkirk combined to score 39 points to help power Saint Joseph's to a second straight win, 71-55 over Fordham in an Atlantic 10 contest on Wednesday night.
The Hawks ended their five-game losing streak Saturday and completed a season sweep of Fordham.
St. Joe's limited the Rams to just 19 points in the first half and took an 18-point advantage into intermission.
Demery finished with 20 points and grabbed six rebounds and Newkirk scored 19, grabbed six boards and dished seven assists. Pierfrancesco Oliva and Chris Clover each added 10 points. The Hawks (11-14, 6-7) shot 48.2 percent from the field and collected 18 assists on 27 made baskets.
Fordham (9-16, 4-9) finished shooting 43.1 percent from the field (22 of 51). Cavit Havsa finished with 12 points and dished eight assists for the Rams. David Pekarek and Ivan Raut added 11 and 10 points, respectively.