In the Hawks' season opener last Saturday, the team captain injured the same bone that forced him to sit out the final seven games of last season.
CHICAGO (AP) - James Demery had six of his 25 points in overtime, including a key 3-point play in the final minute, and Saint Joseph's powered past UIC 86-82 on Monday night.
The St. Joseph's junior, who missed the last seven games with a fractured fifth metatarsal in his left foot, suffered an injury in that same area Saturday night at Toledo.
They are in much better position to withstand injuries this season, but, if they are healthy, they have the talent to compete for the NCAA Tournament.
The Hawks' schedule also includes their four Big Five matchups and a trip to California for the Wooden Legacy Classic, where they could bump into nationally ranked St. Mary's.
The Hawks look forward to the return of senior guard Shavar Newkirk from a torn left knee ligament suffered last Dec. 30, and sophomore forward Charlie Brown, who fractured a bone in left wrist in pre-season.
St. Joseph's lost some key players because of injuries last season and won just 11 games. But their renewed health and a lot of improvement during the summer has the team feeling optimistic.
The talented sophomore forward underwent surgery. He could miss the Nov. 11 season opener.
"Outside of Rhode Island, it's as unpredictable as it's ever been,'' La Salle coach John Giannini said. "I really think there's nine or 10 teams that are so close you could just pick the names out of a hat right now in terms of trying to predict where they would finish.''
"He's dying to be great, and his family wants him to be great,'' coach Phil Martelli says.
DiJulia has been around the SJU basketball scene just as much as the Hawk.
Former St. Joseph's star Muffet McGraw has accomplished much in her storied career since taking the helm of the Notre Dame women's basketball program in 1987.
The Notre Dame coach, 61, will join the Hall in Springfield, Mass., on Friday night.