Hawks To Meet N. Iowa In NIT

St. Joseph’s has earned a No. 2 seed in its bracket and will host No. 7 Northern Iowa in a first round NIT game 7:15 on Wednesday at Hagan Arena.

The Hawks (20-13, 9-7 A-10) are making their first postseason appearance since 2008.

St. Joseph’s was knocked out of the quarterfinals of the Atlantic-10 Tournament by eventual champion St. Bonaventure, 71-68.

Northern Iowa was 19-13 overall and 9-9 in the Missouri Valley Conference. The Panthers lost to Illinois State, 54-42 in the MVC Tournament quarterfinals.

Both teams have an interesting common opponent in MVC tournament champion Creighton. Northern Iowa split with Creighton, with each team winning on its home court.

St. Joseph’s beat Creighton, 80-71 on Dec. 10 at Hagan Arena.

Junior guard Anthony James (12.9 ppg.) is the only double-figure scorer for Northern Iowa.