Jan. 16, 2006
PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's returns home after a two-game road trip to host new Atlantic 10 member Charlotte in Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse on Tuesday. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN 2 beginning at 7 p.m.
It marks just the third game this season for SJU on its homecourt. The Hawks will look to use the advantage of the "sixth man", the SJU students who return from semester break on Tuesday.
The game will also be broadcast on the Saint Joseph's Sports Network on WPEN Radio (SportsTalk 950 AM) with Tom McCarthy and Joe Lunardi calling the action. Dave Barnett, Tim McCormick and Jason Williams will serve as the ESPN2 broadcast crew.
SJU (6-7, 1-3) is coming off an 82-70 loss to 17th-ranked George Washington on Saturday, which was its second loss in a row. On Jan. 4, the Hawks dropped a rare game in Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse, losing to Xavier.
Charlotte is 10-6 overall and 3-1 in the league with wins over Rhode Island, Dayton and La Salle.
Following this game, Saint Joseph's remains in Philadelphia to host La Salle on Saturday, Jan. 21 at the Palestra at noon.
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SAINT JOSEPH'S GAME NOTES:
JEKYLL-HYDE: The Hawks have suffered from inconsistency which has prompted Phil Martelli to say, "the only thing consistent with this team is that they're inconsistent". Here's a look at the last five games, which outlines the Hawks' ups and downs, including some of the individual players' numbers: at #8 Gonzaga - 53.6 FG%; 46.9 3-pt FG%; 94 points scored vs. Xavier - made 8-of-first 12 shots, but allowed XU to go on a 12-0 run to take the lead; 58 points scored vs. Temple - made 11-of-17 3-pt FGs in the first half, but shot 6-of-19 from the field in the 2nd half; needed a last-second shot to win; Abdulai Jalloh made 6-of 7 3-pointers in the 1st half, but went 0-for-4 in the 2nd at UMass- 35.7 FG% and season-low 16.0 3-pt FG% (4-of-25); 58 points at GW- 9% of 3-pt FGs in the 1st half but 70% in the 2nd; Chet Stachitas 0-for-4 in 1st half, but hits first 5 shots in 2nd en route to 14 points
WELCOME BACK: After playing five of its last seven games on the road, Saint Joseph's is back at home, for just the third game at Alumni Memorial FH this season. The Hawks will also welcome back their "sixth man", the SJU students who begin the second semester today, Jan. 17.
FAMILIAR FACE: Phil Martelli spent part of the summer with Charlotte's Curtis Withers when the Hawk coach guided the USA Basketball U-21 World Championship team. The squad competed at the FIBA U-21 World Championships in Argentina in July, where it earned a fifth-place finish. It was Martelli's third stint with a USA Basketball team, and his first as the head coach.
HOME SWEET HOME: Since 2000-01 (and counting this season), the Hawks own a 50-5 record in Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse. Seniors Dwayne Lee, Dave Mallon and Chet Stachitas have only lost three games on the home court in their careers, posting a 30-3 record. Xavier has been responsible for two of those defeats on Jan. 4, 2006 and March 5, 2003. Bucknell handed SJU its lone defeat in the Fieldhouse last season, 69-62 on Dec. 28, 2004. This year's loss to Xavier ended a 13-game Atlantic 10 winning streak in the Fieldhouse, and a 10-game overall streak on the home court.
NOT ON BOARD: The Hawks have struggled on the boards, especially the offensive end. They're averaging just 10.2 offensive rebounds per game, which ranks 12th in the conference. UMass outscored them 10-2 in second-chance points, while GW held an 18-8 margin. SJU is 1-6 this season when it is outrebounded.
WHERE'S THE D?: SJU prides itself on its defense, but the Hawks rank last in the Atlantic 10 in both field goal percentage defense (46.9) and 3-point field goal pct. defense (42.1).
CONFERENCE CALL: SJU is averaging 61.2 points per game while giving up 67.2 in conference games. The Hawks are shooting 40.1 percent from the field but allowing the opponents to hit 50.8.
GIVE HIM THE BALL: Rob Ferguson is one of the few Hawks who has shown consistency in his shooting, as evidenced by his 51.1 FG pct., but the sophomore only averages 7.1 shots per game. He went 6-for-8 from the field at UMass, but had taken only five shots the previous game vs. Temple and then five at GW. At Bucknell, Ferguson was 2-for-2, but at Saint Mary's he took 14 shots en route to a career-high 20 points.