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St. Joseph’s basketball returns from COVID-19 shutdown with schedule changes

Shut down because of pandemic protocols since November, the Hawks have two more nonconference games before opening A-10 play.

St. Joe’s first game back will be against Drexel on Dec. 17.
St. Joe’s first game back will be against Drexel on Dec. 17.Read moreYONG KIM / Staff Photographer

The St. Joseph’s men’s basketball team has been on a 14-day COVID pause since Nov. 29, but the Hawks are returning soon. The school announced three schedule changes.

A Dec. 19 contest against Mount St. Mary’s is canceled. The inter-city game against Drexel was moved from Dec. 16 to Dec. 17.

The most notable change was adding a road game against No. 12 Tennessee on Dec. 21. The two schools haven’t met since 1998. It will be St. Joe’s second contest against a ranked opponent, further proving Billy Lange‘s statement about the Hawks playing anyone, anywhere.

Drexel and Tennessee are currently the only two nonconference games scheduled for St. Joe’s before its Dec. 30 Atlantic 10 opener against VCU.