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After disastrous season, St. Joe's picked to finish 3rd in Atlantic 10

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After disastrous season, St. Joe's picked to finish 3rd in Atlantic 10

Despite coming off an 11-20 season, Saint Joseph's was picked to finish third in the Atlantic 10 preseason poll released this week.

It's the highest the Hawks have been picked to finish since 2012-13 when they were the preseason favorite.

St. Joe's went just 4-14 in the conference last season after winning the A-10 with a 13-5 conference record the previous year. The Hawks have won the A-10 twice in the last four seasons.

Phil Martelli enters his 23rd season as head coach, and he has all five starters coming back. The Hawks lost some key players last season. Shavar Newkirk was averaging 20.3 points per game until he tore his ACL in the conference opener. Lamarr Kimble was averaging 15.5 points and leading the team in assists when he fractured his foot in February.

Newkirk was named to the preseason All-Conference Second Team; Kimble and Charlie Brown Jr. were third-teamers.

St. Joe's begins its season on Nov. 11 at Toledo, with the Hawks' home opener coming the following Saturday, Nov. 18 against Princeton (see schedule).

St. Joe's Charlie Brown named to Atlantic 10 All-Rookie team

St. Joe's Charlie Brown named to Atlantic 10 All-Rookie team

St. Joe's freshman and Philly native Charlie Brown was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie team Tuesday.

Brown is second on the Hawks with 12.8 points per game and 5.1 rebounds. He also leads St. Joe's in free throw percentage (81.9), three-point percentage (37.6), and he's already set a Hawks freshman record with 67 made threes.

St. Joe's (11-19, 4-14 A-10) next plays Wednesday at 6 p.m. on CSN against UMass in its Atlantic 10 Tournament opener. The Hawks enter having won their last game to break a nine-game skid.

It's the second straight year that A-10 coaches voted a St. Joe's player onto the All-Rookie team -- Lamarr Kimble made it last season.

Other A-10 award-winners announced Tuesday:

Player of the Year: T.J. Cline (Richmond)

Defensive Player of the Year: Hassan Martin (Rhode Island)

Most Improved Player: Marquis Moore (George Mason)

Sixth Man of the Year: Kyle Davis (Dayton)

Coach of the Year: Archie Miller (Dayton)

Temple: Rose makes AAC All-Rookie team
Temple guard Quinton Rose was named to the American Athletic Conference's All-Rookie team on Tuesday. 

Rose made an immediate impact for the Owls this season, particularly with his scoring. He has scored in double digits 17 times for an average of 10.0 points per game. The Rochester, NY native is seeking to become the first Temple freshman to average double figures in points since Mark Tyndale in 2004-05.

Rose also averaged 3.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game this season as he became the first Owls player since Lavoy Allen to be named to the All-Rookie team.

Rose joins Jarron Cumberland (Cincinnati), Vance Jackson (UConn), Jeremy Sheppard (East Carolina) and American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year K.J. Lawson (Memphis) on the All-Rookie team.

Instant Replay: Rhode Island 68, St. Joe's 49

Instant Replay: Rhode Island 68, St. Joe's 49

BOX SCORE

St. Joe's did not have an answer for Rhode Island's shutdown defense on Wednesday night as the Hawks lost, 68-49, at Hagan Arena.

Three St. Joe's players had three turnovers each, while the team registered 13 and totaled its lowest scoring output of the season.

Rhode Island (20-9, 12-5 A-10) tallied six steals and four blocks, while its bench embarrassed the Hawks' subs, outscoring them, 27-9.

St. Joe's (10-19, 3-14 A-10) has lost nine in a row, tying its longest skid since January of 2011.

Turning point
The Rams went on a 12-2 run late in the first half, propelling them to a commanding 36-20 halftime lead. The Hawks never challenged that advantage in the second half.

First half
Slow, slow and slower gears for St. Joe's, as it struggled to get any type of offense in motion. The Hawks were 9 for 26 on field goals, while the Rams shot 16 for 30 (both teams were 1 for 3 from beyond the arc). Rhode Island had four steals, blocked three shots and forced nine Hawk turnovers.

Two minutes into the first half, Charlie Brown tied former Hawks Langston Galloway's and Arthur Davis' record of 65 three-pointers by a freshman in a season. He went on to break the record with 45 seconds remaining in the game.

By the numbers
• St. Joe's went 9 for 20 (45 percent) from the free throw line and was 2 for 9 (22.2 percent) from beyond the arc.

• Rhode Island shot 25 for 57 (43.9 percent) from the field and went 14 for 15 (93.3 percent) from the free throw line.

• Both teams had 18 points off turnovers.

Honored
Prior to the game, Javon Baumann and Brendan Casper (both team captains) were honored in St. Joe's senior night festivities.

What's next
St. Joe's will play its final regular-season game at Duquesne on Saturday with a 2 p.m. tip-off. Both teams are tied for last place in the A-10.

Rhode Island will round out its regular season at home vs. Davidson on Saturday for a 6 p.m. tip.

The Atlantic 10 Tournament begins next Wednesday.