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Hawks Travel to Fairfield for Monday Night Game
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  11/20/2005

Nov. 20, 2005

PHILADELPHIA - Coming off a season-opening win at home, the Saint Joseph's men's basketball team goes on the road to visit Fairfield on Monday, November 21.

The game will not be televised but will be broadcast on the Saint Joseph's Sports Network on WPEN-AM, the new Sports Talk 950.

SAINT JOSEPH'S GAME NOTES:

LAST TIME OUT: Abdulai Jalloh scored a career-high 18 points and Chet Stachitas added 15 as Saint Joseph's ran away from Lafayette, 70-47, in the season opener for both teams before a sold-out crowd at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse. Jalloh got the Hawks out to a quick start with eight points and two steals which were converted into baskets in the first four minutes of the game, as SJU led 11-3. SJU held Lafayette without a basket for a span of six minutes to build the lead to 31-13 at 6:34 and then to 41-18 by halftime. Stachitas provided the boost at the beginning of the second half, scoring eight points in the first three minutes, as the Hawks took a 52-18 lead. SJU's 17-3 run in the first six minutes of the second half gave the home team its biggest margin of the contest, 58-21. Dwayne Lee, who was in early foul trouble, had seven assists and just two turnovers in 22 minutes of action. Dave Mallon came off the bench to grab a career-high eight rebounds, with seven of them in the first half. Sophomore Rob Ferguson made the first start of his career and responded with seven points, six rebounds and a career-high four assists. Ahmad Nivins began his collegeiate career in the starting lineup and had six points, five rebounds and two blocks. Nivins also roused the enthusiastic crowd of 3,200 in the second half with a dunk off of a spin dribble. The Hawk defense did not allow any Lafayette players to score in double figures.

YOUTH MOVEMENT: The Hawks put a young starting lineup on the court for the season opener. Aside from senior starters Dwayne Lee and Chet Stachitas, the rest of the lineup had just one career start among the three of them. Abdulai Jalloh started the '04-05 season opener (in place of the injured Pat Carroll), but he came off the bench the remainder of the year. Sophomore Rob Ferguson made his first career start, and responded with seven points and six rebounds. Freshman forward Ahmad Nivins started his first collegiate game, and aside from rousing the sold-out crowd with a spin dribble and dunk, he had six points and five rebounds.

STEALING AWAY:SJU's defense held Lafayette to just 47 points while the Hawks grabbed 14 steals. Abdulai Jalloh led the way with a career-high five while Chet Stachitas had three and Rob Ferguson added a personal best three steals.

GETTING IT DONE: The Hawks wasted no time in securing the win over Lafayette. Keyed by eight points and two steals from Abdulai Jalloh in the first four minutes, SJU jumped out to an 11-3 lead. The lead increased to 31-13 and then 41-18 at halftime, as Jalloh went into the lockerroom with 16 points, which was already his career-high. Dave Mallon came off the bench and grabbed seven boards in the first half, which was also a career-high.

STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE: The Hawks are facing a challenging schedule this year, meeting seven teams which reached the NCAA Tournament last year. And when you consider ESPN's early-season predictions, SJU has 12 "NCAA" teams on the slate - he Hawks have 12 games against ESPN's preseason NCAA Tournament bracket: Davidson, Kansas, Ohio State. Bucknell, Gonzaga, Xavier (twice), George Washington (twice), Charlotte, Pennsylvania and Villanova.

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