March 2, 2010
PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's (9-19; 3-11 A-10) will play its final road regular-season game of the year when it visits George Washington (16-11; 6-8) on Wednesday evening at the Smith Center. Game time is 7 p.m.
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.
The Hawks are down to two games left to qualify for next week's Atlantic 10 Tournament. SJU will host La Salle on Saturday at Hagan Arena on "Senior Day" and the regular-season finale.
Garrett Williamson needs one more assist to notch 400 for his career. Darrin Govens is three points short of 1,300. The regular-season finale with La Salle on March 6 will be played at Hagan Arena. Garrett Williamson is tied for fifth in the A-10 in assists in conference games (4.0). The Hawks are in the midst of a five-game losing streak, which is the second longest of the season. Saint Joseph's is still seeking its first road win of the season outside of Philadelphia, and first in the A-10. SJU is 0-7 in road conference games. Saint Joseph's ranks second in the A-10 in steals in conference games with 7.8, while Darrin Govens ranks third and Garrett Williamson is tied for fifth. 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 144. Saint Joseph's is celebrating the Centennial of SJU Basketball this year, as the inaugural season took place in 1909-10.
LAST TIME OUT: Charlotte shot 60 percent in the first half and never looked back as the 49ers routed Saint Joseph's, 95-58, at Halton Arena. Charlotte jumped out to a 14-4 lead in the first four minutes and then increased it to 26-9 by the 10:35 mark. Ian Andersen paced the 49ers, going 5-for-5 from the field with four 3-pointers. The home team held a 50-23 halftime lead as it made 18-for-30 from the floor and converted 6-of-9 3-pointers. Saint Joseph's struggled from behind the arc, making 1-of-13 shots. The 49ers didn't let up in the second half and built its lead to 30-plus points in the opening minutes of the half, 56-25, Charlotte took its biggest lead of the game, 74-34, at 10:43 on a 3-pointer. Saint Joseph's, which was outrebounded 43-35, shot 34.8 percent in the game, but was just 3-for-27 (11.1 percent) from 3-point range. It was the largest losing margin of the season for the Hawks, who remain winless on the road in the Atlantic 10 (0-7). Todd O'Brien had 12 points on 6-for-9 shooting, while grabbing 10 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the year. Darrin Govens had 12 points and Garrett Williamson scored 11. Charlotte had five players in double figures led by Andersen with 19 on 7-for-10 shooting.
BEYOND THE ARC: Darrin Govens has surpassed Marvin O'Connor (231) for second place on the Hawks' all-time list for career 3-point field goals made with 233. The record is 294 set by Pat Carroll (2001-05). Govens is also just 10 short of the school record for career 3-point attempts (661) held by Carroll.
MOVING UP THE LADDER: As Darrin Govens moves up the ladder among the Hawks' all-time leaders in 3-pointers and points (26th), Garrett Williamson has made his mark in a few categories. Williamson currently ranks eight in career assists with 399 and also eighth in steals with 102. The senior has played in 126 games to date with 95 starts.
TIME OFF: The Hawks had a rare weekend off and have not played since last Wednesday's defeat at Charlotte. It's the same length of days off that the Hawks had for final exams in December and SJU returned from that break with a victory over Lehigh.
FOUR SECONDS AWAY: Garrett Williamson scored on a layup with :04 left and gave the Hawks a 59-57 lead against #21 Temple at The Palestra. But the lead was short-lived as Temple's Ramon Moore took the ball down the court and scored to send the game into overtime. The Owls would then outscore the Hawks, 16-8, in the OT to earn the win.
CHANGING IT UP: The Hawks' regular-season finale against La Salle on Saturday, March 6 will be played at Hagan Arena. This is a change from the Saint Joseph's tradition of playing all home games against city teams at The Palestra. The move was made to accommodate the television broadcast and because Penn has a home game that evening.
AT A LOSS: The Hawks' streak of nine consecutive winning seasons is in jeopardy with the sub-.500 record. The last time SJU was under .500 was in 1999-00 with a 13-16 mark.
THE FURTHER THE BETTER: More than half of Darrin Govens' shots this season are 3-point field goal attempts. And out of the 121 field goals he has made, 55 of them are threes. In the 121 games of his career, Govens has taken a total of 651 3-point field goal attempts, which is an average of 5.3 per game. For his career, Govens is shooting 35.8 percent from 3-point range, and 38.2 percent overall.
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 1-11 on the road, and is 7-6 in Hagan Arena. The Hawks are 1-2 in neutral games with the victory over Boston College in the Virgin Islands.
CENTENNIAL MOMENTS: March 3, 1986 - The Hawks captured their first Atlantic 10 Tournament title, defeating West Virginia, 72-64, at the Meadowlands.
March 3, 2001 - Marvin O'Connor scored 18 points in the final 57.5 seconds, as Saint Joseph's comeback fell short in the 91-90 loss to La Salle.
LOOKING AHEAD: SJU hosts La Salle in the regular-season finale on Saturday, March 6, in a game which has huge implications for the Atlantic 10 Tournament hopes of both teams. The game will be played at Hagan Arena.