Feb. 4, 2007
PHILADELPHIA- Pat Calathes scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Ahmad Nivins had 17 points to lead Saint Joseph's (13-9; 5-4 A-10) to a 71-65 victory over Dayton (14-8; 4-5) on Sunday at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse.
The victory gave SJU head coach Phil Martelli his 235th career win, to move him past Hall of Famer Jack Ramsay into second place on the school's all-time victory list. Ramsay compiled a 234-72 record in 11 seasons, while Martelli is now 235-133 in 12 years. The school record is 309 wins by Bill Ferguson from 1928 to 1953.
"I think that anytime you mention anything that you do with Jack Ramsay - he's the founder, the godfather of Saint Joseph's basketball - it's significant. I think that at the moment that I heard the announcement on the court, Jim Boyle popped into my head. He gave me a chance here and John Griffin allowed me to grow here. I thank both of them. I hope that they take this number as a return on their investment on me," said Martelli. "I'm appreciative of the opportunity that the administration has given me, but really Griffin and "Bo" pop into my head."
Rob Ferguson added 15 points for Saint Joseph's, which snapped a two-game A-10 losing streak. Calathes also was 8-for-8 from the free throw line, extending his streak of consecutive free throws to 31.
The teams went back and forth in the first half with the Hawks holding a 33-30 lead at hafltime, helped by a 56.0 shooting percentage and 11 points from Nivins.
In the second half, after Dayton tied it at 38-38, the Hawks went on a 13-1 run to take their biggest lead of the game, 51-39. Jawan Carter's 3-pointer with 3:58 remaining gave the Hawks a 61-52 lead. Dayton's Brian Roberts scored the next five points on a 3-pointer and two free throws, cutting the advantage to 61-57 with 2:41 left.
Calathes responded with two free throws and a short baseline jump shot to give the Hawks a 65-57 lead with 1:25 remaining. Dayton got no closer than five points for the rest of the game.
SJU's Garrett Williamson and D.J. Rivera shut down Flyers' leading scorer Roberts (19.3 ppg), holding him to an 0-for-9 effort until his first basket with just over six minutes to play. He ended up scoring 15, all late in the game.
The Hawks shot 53.2 percent in the game, while committing only 10 turnovers.
The Hawks have one day to prepare for Villanova, visiting the Pavilion on Tuesday, Feb. 6, for ESPN2's "Rivalry Week". SJU is 2-0 in the Big 5 with Villanova owning a 3-0 record.