Dec. 30, 2010
PHILADELPHIA - The Saint Joseph's men's basketball team returns home for the first time since December 8 when it hosts Siena (4-7) on Friday at Hagan Arena. The special New Year's Eve starting time is 4 p.m. The Hawks are coming off a 65-54 win over Holy Cross on Tuesday.
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GAME NOTES: The Hawks snapped a six-game losing streak on Tuesday with the win at Holy Cross. Phil Martelli is in his 16th year as Saint Joseph's head coach, and his 26th year on Hawk Hill. The coach needs seven wins to reach 300 for his career, and the 24th game he coaches this year will be his 400th. Leading scorer Carl Jones has scored double figures in 14 straight games dating back to last season. He has notched 20-plus points in five of the last eight. Freshman C.J. Aiken ranks 12th in the nation in blocked shots and leads the Atlantic 10 with 3.25 per game. SJU is fielding its youngest team ever under Phil Martelli with two seniors, one junior, four sophomores and five freshmen. The opening day starting lineup included three freshmen, which is the most ever under Martelli. Saint Joseph's owns an all-time record of 3-5 when playing on New Year's Eve. This is only SJU's fourth game at Hagan Arena this season. The Hawks are 1-2 on their homecourt. AST TIME OUT: Justin Crosgile scored 19 points in 25 minutes off the bench and C.J. Aiken added 10 points as Saint Joseph's defeated Holy Cross, 65-54, at the Hart Center. Crosgile connected on a career-high five three-pointers in the contest. The win snapped a six-game losing streak for the Hawks and marked the squad's first victory in the month of December. Saint Joseph's started out extremely cold, missing its first eight shots and scoring only two points in the first six minutes on free throws by Idris Hilliard as Holy Cross held a 5-2 lead. But freshman Daryus Quarles broke the skid with a three-pointer at 14:36, and from there the Hawks would score eight straight points and take a 10-5 lead. Carl Jones heated up from the field and scored nine points in just over a minute to give the Hawks a 26-12 lead, their biggest of the half. SJU went into the locker room with a 31-23 lead as Crosgile added a pair of threes in the opening period. The Hawks opened it up midway through the second half as Crosgile hit back-to-back three-pointers to give SJU its biggest lead of the game, 53-36, at 9:06. Holy Cross cut it to 62-51 with under two minutes to play, but the Hawks put it away from the foul line.
JONES-IN': Carl Jones has recorded double-figures in all 12 games and owns a streak of 14 games dating back to last year. He has scored 20-plus points in five of the last eight games, including a career-best 29 points vs. Minnesota. Jones leads the Hawks with his 18.0 scoring average, while ranking fifth in the A-10.
LANGSTON'S LINE: Freshman Langston Galloway has been putting up solid all-around numbers for the Hawks. He recorded a season best of 24 points at Boston University, while making 6-of-8 from 3-point range. He currently ranks second on the team in scoring (12.7), but leads the team in rebounding (5.6), assists (3.0), free throw percentage (92.0) and assist/turnover ratio (3.0), while also topping the A-10 in that last category.
LONG-TIME COMING: The win at Holy Cross ended the Hawks' six-game losing streak and marked their first victory in December. It was SJU's longest skid since a seven-game streak in 2008-09. SJU is 1-6 in December after going 3-2 in November.
NEW YEAR'S EVE DATE: The Hawks and New Year's Eve have almost become an annual tradition. This will be Saint Joseph's seventh game on New Year's Eve in the last 10 years. In the program's history, the Hawks are 3-5 on the final day of the year and 3-4 under Phil Martelli. Here's the rundown: 2008: vs. Drexel, L 64-52 2007: vs. Drexel, W 69-51 2005: at Gonzaga, L 102-94 2004: at Ohio State, L 72-61 2002: at Gonzaga, W 79-78 (OT) 2001: Gonzaga, L 83-80 1996: at Wisconsin-Green Bay, W 64-59 1961: Seton Hall at ECAC Holiday Festival (New York), L 91-83
RINGING OUT THE OLD: Saint Joseph's is definitely ready to ring in a New Year and say goodbye to 2010. In this past calendar year, the Hawks went 11-21.
WELCOME HOME: Remarkably, this is just the Hawks' fourth game in Hagan Arena this season, but is the start of a three-game homestand. SJU has played in Philadelphia five times this year, counting the game vs. Rutgers at The Palestra. The Hawks will be rewarded for their early-season travels as they will play all but two games in Philadelphia during the month of January. SJU is 1-2 this year at Hagan Arena.
BACKCOURT BOOST: The backcourt of Carl Jones and Langston Galloway combined to score 50 of the Hawks' 73 points vs. Minnesota, while also totalling nine of the team's 13 assists and seven of the 10 steals. The duo made all nine of the team's 3-pointers and 14 of the 25 field goals. At Boston University, Jones and Galloway combined for 45 points and eight 3-pointers, with Galloway making six of them.
BLOCK PARTY: Freshman C.J. Aiken had six blocks in the second half in the win at Fairfield, which was the highest total for a Hawk since Ahmad Nivins had the same number at UMass on Jan. 9, 2008. Langston Galloway added three in the game as the Hawks totalled 11 blocks, which was the most since they had 10 vs. Syracuse on Nov. 13, 2007. Aiken upped his season best with seven blocks at Villanova. He is averaging 3.25 per game to lead the Atlantic 10.
LEAGUE LEADERS: Two of the Hawks' freshmen are among the Atlantic 10's leaders in three categories (as of Dec. 29). Langston Galloway tops the league in and assist/turnover ratio (3.0), while C.J. Aiken leads the A-10 in blocks (3.25).
LOOKING AHEAD: The Hawks are in the midst of a three-game homestand and will open A-10 play on Wednesday by hosting Duquesne. SJU will then host GW on Jan. 8 before taking a two-game Midwestern tripto Dayton and Saint Louis on Jan. 12 and Jan. 15.