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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 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.

Atlantic 10 Tournament preview: St. Joe's, La Salle have tough roads

Atlantic 10 Tournament preview: St. Joe's, La Salle have tough roads

Last year, for the second time in three seasons, Saint Joseph's went to Brooklyn and came home with an Atlantic 10 championship.

But as this year's Atlantic 10 Tournament is set to begin, the battered Hawks will be significant underdogs to win another one -- or even a game. And Big 5 rival La Salle will also have its work cut out to make a deep run.

Here's a closer look at both of the league's Big 5 teams heading into the tourney, which has shifted to PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh after four years at the Barclays Center: 

Saint Joseph's

Record: 11-19 overall, 4-14 league

Seed: 13

Opener: 12th-seeded UMass (14-17, 4-4) in first round (Wednesday, 6 p.m., CSN)

Postseason hopes
The Hawks need to win five games in five days or their season is over. 

Looking at St. Joe's
It was always going to be tough sledding for the Hawks after the program lost two stars in DeAndre' Bembry and Isaiah Miles from last year's terrific team. But then things went almost comically awry when four players were lost to season-ending injuries, including the dynamic starting backcourt of Shavar Newkirk and Lamarr "Fresh" Kimble. Without their top guys, St. Joe's lost nine straight before snapping the skid with a 63-60 win over Duquesne in its regular-season finale, riding 19 points apiece from junior swingman James Demery and sophomore guard Chris Clover.

Looking at UMass
The Minutemen finished with the same record in league play as St. Joe's (both finishing a game ahead of last-place Duquesne) and have won just twice in their past 12 games. UMass is led by junior guard Donte Clark, who's averaging 13 points per game and has already eclipsed 1,000 points for his career.

Series
The Minutemen have beaten the Hawks in both matchups this season, winning by five in Amherst and by 11 in Hagan last month behind four threes from Clark in the first three minutes. Overall, the series has been very even with UMass holding a slight 36-34 edge.

Player to watch
Charlie Brown has been a bright spot for the Hawks and was just named to the 2017 Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team. The freshman forward from Philly is averaging 12.8 points and 5.1 rebounds per game -- both second on the team. And he led the Hawks with 15 points and eight rebounds while shooting 4 for 8 from three-point range in their last game vs. UMass. 

Tourney facts
The 13-seed is the lowest the Hawks have ever had in the Atlantic 10 Tournament. ... This will be the first A-10 tourney meeting between St. Joe's and UMass since 2001. ... St. Joe's head coach Phil Martelli is 28-8 in the Atlantic 10 Tournament, including a 16-5 mark in the team's first game. 

Up next
The winner advances to face fifth-seeded Saint Bonaventure in the second round on Thursday (2:30 p.m.). 

La Salle

Record: 15-14 overall, 9-9 league

Seed: 8

Opener: 9th-seeded Davidson (15-4, 8-10) in second round on Thursday (noon, NBCSN)

Postseason hopes
The Explorers need to win their first-ever A-10 tourney title to get into the Big Dance, but a couple of wins may put them in the conversation for the CBI or the CIT.  

Looking at La Salle
The Explorers were in the picture for a top-four seeding and a coveted double-bye before losing five of their last seven games. La Salle heads into the tourney following a 66-54 win over Fordham behind 19 points from junior transfer B.J. Johnson.

Johnson (17.5 ppg), Jordan Price (15.1 ppg) and Pookie Powell (13.6 ppg) are all among the league's top 20 scorers, but the Explorers rank last in the A-10 in scoring defense, allowing 77.4 points per game.

Looking at Davidson
The Wildcats finished one game back of La Salle in the standings, losing three of their last four games. They feature two of the league's top three leading scorers in senior guard Jack Gibbs (22.0 ppg) and junior forward Peyton Aldridge (20.6 ppg), and they make over nine three-pointers per game -- a league-best. Gibbs and Aldridge are the second-highest scoring duo in the nation.

Series
La Salle beat Davidson in the only matchup this season with Price scoring 29 points in a 91-83 win. 

Player to watch
Davidson appears to be a good matchup for Price. On top of his season-high 29 points vs. Davidson this year, Price had 15 points, seven rebounds and six assists in a loss to the Wildcats last year and 23 against them the year before. What might the senior have in store for his final A-10 tourney?

Tourney facts
Davidson has knocked La Salle out of the last two A-10 tourneys, beating them in last year's second round and in the 2015 quarterfinals. ... Gibbs needs 33 points in the tournament to become the fourth player in Davidson history with 2,000 career points. ... La Salle hasn't been to the A-10 semifinals since 2002, and the Explorers have never been to a tourney final. 

Up next
The winner faces top-seeded Dayton in the quarterfinals on Friday (noon).