Feb. 8, 2010
PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's (9-14; 3-6) will look for its second win in a row when it hosts Saint Louis (14-8; 5-3) on Tuesday evening at Hagan Arena. Game time is 7 p.m.
The game will be televised locally on The Comcast Network (formerly CN8), with Tom McCarthy and Pete Gillen calling the action. An Atlantic 10 syndicated game, it can also be seen on: The Comcast Network Mid-Atlantic; Comcast SportsNet South; Cox New England; and Charter St. Louis. The game can be heard on WNTP Radio (990 AM) with Matt Martucci and Joe Lunardi calling the action. Audio streaming will be available free of charge on SJUHawks.com, via Stretch Internet.
GAME NOTES: This is the final game of a three-game homestand for SJU. The Hawks own a 7-3 record in Hagan Arena this season. The Hawks snapped their three-game losing streak with the win over St. Bonaventure on Sunday (game was rescheduled from Saturday because of the snowstorm). Garrett Williamson leads the A-10 in assists in conference games (4.7). Today's matchup between Saint Joseph's and Saint Louis is part of the nationwide Jesuit Basketball Spotlight project. The Hawks are currently 3-0 against fellow Jesuit schools, with wins over Holy Cross, Boston College and Fordham. 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.
LAST TIME OUT: Darrin Govens scored 22 points and Idris Hilliard added 19 to lead Saint Joseph's to a 78-71 win over St. Bonaventure. Govens shot 8-for-12 from the field and Garrett Williamson added 16 points, while going 8-for-11 from the foul line. Trailing 55-54 with 8:41 to play, Govens hit a layup to start a 6-0 spurt for the Hawks, putting them up 60-55 while taking the lead for good. After St. Bonaventure came within 62-60 at 5:09, Govens connected on his third 3-pointer of the game to build a 65-60 lead. The Hawks would increase that to 68-60 on a 3-point play by Jones. St. Bonaventure couldn't cut the Hawk lead below five points the rest of the way, thanks to Williamson's free throw shooting, as he went 5-for-6 in the final 1:33. The Hawks jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead and then 16-9, but St. Bonaventure turned the tide going on a 16-0 run to take a 22-19 lead on a 3-pointer with 8:43 to play. SJU went scoreless for over five minutes, but Govens broke the streak with a basket at 7:28, to pull the Hawks within 25-21. A jumper by Jones would tie the score at 27-27, but the lead never changed hands. There were two more ties the rest of the half, including just before the halftime buzzer, on a putback by Hilliard, to knot the score at 33-33. SJU had an uncharacteristic day from the foul line, hitting just 64 percent (29-for-45) in the game. But after a 9-for-19 effort in the first half, the Hawks improved and made 20-of-26 in the second half, led by an 8-for-10 effort from Williamson.
GOVENS' GOALS: Darrin Govens has upped his shooting percentage during the conference portion of the season. The senior is hitting 43.9 percent from the field, which ranks ninth in the A-10, and is higher than his overall shooting percentage of 39.1. In the past two games (Richmond, St. Bonaventure) Govens has made 12-for-25 from the field and 7-for-15 from 3-point range. On the season, Govens is averaging a team-best 13.0 ppg overall, and 14.3 ppg in conference play.
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 seven games this season, is averaging 11.2 ppg and has scored 258 points, which is the highest single-season total for his career. He has also continued to do all the little things on the court to help the cause, and here's a look at a few of those games: Towson - 4 assists, 3 blocks, 40 minutes (for the first time) Dayton - game-saving block with :04 to play UMass - 16 pts, 10 asts, 3 blocks, 6 steals (3rd double-double) St. Bonaventure (#2) - 5 straight pts while down 46-41; 5-for-6 FT shooting in final 1:33
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 leads the A-10 in assists in conference games with 4.7 per game. The senior had seven of the Hawks' 10 assists against Richmond.
IDRIS' DOUBLES: Lost in the Hawks' 1-2 week (Jan. 25-31) 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 saw his six-game double-figure scoring streak come to an end vs. Richmond, but during the six-game stretch, Hilliard averaged 14.1 points and converting 52.3 percent (33-63) from the field. The junior made a career-best 13-of-17 free throws in the win over St. Bonaventure.
THE FURTHER THE BETTER: More than half of Darrin Govens' shots this season are 3-point field goal attempts. And out of the 104 field goals he has made, 50 of them are threes. For his career, the senior is shooting 37.9 percent from 3-point range, and 38.5 percent overall.
TURNING THE TIDE: After a dismal 9-for-19 effort from the foul line in the first half against St. Bonaventure, the Hawks turned it around to make 20-of-26 in the second half to aid the win. SJU was led by Garrett Williamson (8-for-10) and Idris Hilliard (10-for-12) in the second half.
LEADERS OF THE PACK: Seniors Darrin Govens and Garrett Williamson have led or shared the lead in scoring for the majority of games this year. Govens has done so 10 times, while Williamson has topped the team in six games.
CENTENNIAL MOMENT: February 9, 1972 - In a 97-78 win over Fairfield, Pat McFarland scored 41 points, the fourth-best single-game scoring effort in SJU history.
LOOKING AHEAD: After the full schedule the Hawks have had over the past few weeks, they get a bit of a break, with the next game being on Sunday, February 14 at UMass. It's the first of two on the road, which will be followed by a February 17th date at Xavier.