Feb. 2, 2010
PHILADELPHIA - The Saint Joseph's men's basketball team (8-13; 2-5 A-10) opens a three-game homestand against Richmond (10-10; 5-2) on Wednesday, February 3 at 7 p.m. at Hagan Arena.
The Saint Joseph's Sports Network broadcast will be held on the internet only, with Matt Martucci and Joe Lunardi calling the action. Audio streaming will be available free of charge on SJUHawks.com, via Stretch Internet.
Tonight begins a three-game homestand for the Hawks. They own a 6-2 record in Hagan Arena this season. SJU finished a stretch of four games in eight days with a 2-2 record. Garrett Williamson ranks second in the A-10 in assists in conference games (4.7). Saint Joseph's leads the A-10 in steals in conference games with 8.1 per game. Idris Hilliard has scored double figures in six consecutive games. In the decade that just ended, the Hawks amassed a 201-103 record (counting this season to date) and made seven post-season appearances. Phil Martelli is in his 15th season as head coach and his 25th at the University. Martelli served as an assistant coach for 10 years on the staffs of Jim Boyle and John Griffin. He is the A-10's active leader in conference wins with 142. Saint Joseph's is celebrating the Centennial of SJU Basketball this year, as the inaugural season took place in 1909-10.
AST TIME OUT: Saint Joseph's clawed back from a halftime deficit, but it wasn't enough as the Hawks fell to Duquesne, 74-71. Idris Hilliard had 14 points and a career-high 14 rebounds while Darrin Govens and Justin Crosgile poured in 17 points apiece, which was a career-high for Crosgile. Saint Joseph's trailed 39-31 at the break but tied the game at 66 with 1:54 to go in the game. Duquesne would then take a 72-68 lead on a pair of free throws with 23.3 seconds left before Govens hit a 3-pointer with 18.1 on the clock to get the Hawks back within a point. After a DU free throw, Bryant Irwin was whistled for traveling with 7.6 left. The Dukes then hit another foul shot and with a chance for the Hawks to tie, a last-second three by Carl Jones was off the mark. The Hawks enjoyed a quick start, running out to a 22-15 lead over the first 12 minutes, before Duquesne took over with a 12-0 run in a three-minute span. SJU went over four minutes without a point, giving the home team the eight-point cushion heading into halftime. Govens scored the first five points of the second half and nine of SJU's first 14 in the period as the Hawks got back within a basket on multiple occasions. With 9:44 to go, Irwin's layup closed the deficit to one at 53-52, but the Dukes scored the next six to go up 59-52. With Duquesne ahead by five, Garrett Williamson was fouled and converted both free throw attempts to cut the lead to three at 64-61 with 4:34 to go. The Hawks continued to fight back, as Crosgile hit a jumper from long range to close back within one at 65-64 with 2:57 remaining. After a DU free throw, a tip-in by Hilliard tied the score, 66-66, before Duquesne took the lead for good with 1:26 to go and held off the Hawk rally in the closing seconds.
MR. EVERYTHING: The Hawks have needed Garrett Williamson to be more of a scorer this year and he's done that, while also bringing all of the intangibles every game. The senior has quietly tallied double figures in all but six games this season, is averaging 11.6 ppg and has scored 236 points, which is the highest single-season total for his career. Williamson has also continued to do all the little things on the court to help the cause. Against Towson he had four assists and three blocks while playing 40 minutes for the first time this year. He had the game-saving block on a driving layup attempt with :04 to play to preserve the Hawks' win over Dayton. Against UMass, he had an impressive stat line - 16 points, 10 assists (tied career-high), 3 blocks, 6 steals (career-high), for the third double-double of his career.
MORE ON GARRETT: Phil Martelli had high praise for Garrett Williamson after the Dayton win, saying, "Garrett is a winner. Unfortunately it doesn't bear out this year with our record, but Garrett Williamson plays winning basketball. It's the reason he has the most minutes, it's the reason his teammates voted him captain. I actually compared him the other day to Dmitri Domani on the A-10 championship team in 1997. Dimitri just did everything that was necessary and that's what Garrett does," said Martelli.
HANDOUTS: Garrett Williamson led the way with 10 assists against UMass and is second in the A-10 in assists in conference games with 4.7 per game. The Hawks have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.1 in league games, which ranks fourth in the A-10.
IDRIS' DOUBLES: Lost in the Hawks' 1-2 week was the play of Idris Hilliard, who had three consecutive double-figure scoring games, along with his first double-double of the year at Duquesne. Hilliard had 14 points and a career-high 14 rebounds against the Dukes. The junior has scored in double figures in six consecutive games, with a high of 20 points against Towson. During this six-game stretch, Hilliard is averaging 14.1 points and converting 52.3 percent (33-63) from the field.
STREAKS: The Hawks' three-game winning streak, which ended against UMass, was tied as their longest of the year, matching the three-game streak at the start of the season.
ROAD BLOCKS: The Hawks notched their first win on the road by beating Penn, although it was in the building (Palestra) that is their "home away from home. SJU is still looking for its first win outside of Philadelphia. SJU is 1-8 on the road, and is 6-2 in Hagan Arena.
HOME SWEET HOME: There's a considerable difference between the Hawks' play in home and away games , as SJU continues to struggle on the road. Oddly enough, the Hawks are shooting better from the foul line on the road. In home games, the Hawks have four players averaging double figures - on the road, it's only two- Garrett Williamson and Darrin Govens. Here's a comparision of some of the key stats: Home Away Record 6-3* 1-8* Scoring Avg 73.3 69.9 Opp. Scoring Avg 71.0 80.9 Rebounding Avg 32.3 31.6 FG Pct .413 .410 Opp. FG Pct .402 .492 3-pt Pct .306 .300 FT Pct. .731 .744 Turnover Avg 12.2 13.9
* records include one game at The Palestra
REJECTED: Garrett Williamson shows his defensive intensity and athleticism every game, but lately he's been accumulating a number of blocked shots. In fact, the 6-5 guard leads the team in blocked shots with 24. He's had a total of eight in the past five games, and hit his career-high high twice with three blocks versus both Towson and UMass. He also had the game-saving rejection with four seconds left in the win over Dayton.
STEALING AWAY: The Hawks have registered 39 steals in the past four games, with a high of 12 against Penn. SJU leads the league in steals in conference games with 8.1 while Darrin Govens is tied for second (2.0), and Garrett Wiliamson is fifth (1.9).
LOOKING AHEAD: Saint Joseph's is in the midst of three consecutive home games in Hagan Arena, and will take on St. Bonaventure on Saturday, February 6 and Saint Louis on Tuesday, February 9.