Feb. 21, 2005
PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's will travel crosstown to Temple on Tuesday, February 22, for a crucial Atlantic 10 East matchup. Game time at the Liacouras Center is 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast locally on Comcast SportsNet.
ABOUT THE HAWKS: Saint Joseph's has won six straight Atlantic 10 games and six of their last seven contests. Saint Joseph's is 14-9 overall and in first place in the Atlantic 10 East with a 11-1 mark. This is the yearly Big 5 matchup, and the Hawks are 1-2 in the City Series.
ABOUT THE OWLS: Temple is coming off of a 59-53 win at Richmond on Saturday. The Owls have won two in a row and are in second place in the A-10 East behind the Hawks with a 9-3 conference mark. TU is 2-0 in the Big 5.
Televison/Radio: The game is an Atlantic 10 TV Network broadcast which will be seen locally on Comcast SportsNet with Scott Graham and John Griffin calling the action. Other outlets clearing the game are ESPN Fullcourt; Metro Channel; FSN-Ohio; FSN-Pittsburgh; Time 98 (Rochester); and Time Syracuse (delayed 10 pm). The Saint Joseph's Sports Network will broadcast the game on WPEN Radio (950 AM) with the team of Tom McCarthy and Joe Lunardi. McCarthy is in his second year as play-by-play announcer and Lunardi is in his 15th as the Hawks' color analyst. The contest can also be heard via streaming audio on the Saint Joseph's website at www.sjuhawks.com and on Sirius Satellite Radio.
NEXT GAME: Sat. Feb. 26 at Rhode Island, 2:30 p.m., ESPN
RARE FEAT: Dwayne Jones accomplished a rare feat against St. Bonaventure (Feb. 19), posting the first triple-double of his career and the first for a Saint Joseph's player in almost 20 years. Jones had 11 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high 11 blocks to match the feat achieved by Rodney Blake on Feb. 27, 1986 (14 pts, 13 rebs, 10 blks) vs. Penn State. It was also the first for an Atlantic 10 player since Xavier's David West recorded one on Dec. 8, 2001. Jones clinched it when he drove from the wing and dunked it with 8:22 to play in the game.
A-10 ACCOLADE: Dwayne Jones was named the Atlantic 10 Player of the Week for Feb. 20, earning the mention for the second time this year. Jones averaged 11.0 points, 13.0 rebounds and 5.5 blocks in a 2-0 week. Highlighting his week was the triple-double against St. Bonaventure (11 pts-11 rebs-10 blocks).
WE MEET AGAIN: Saint Joseph's and Temple are meeting for the second time in 10 days. The Hawks picked up a 69-57 win on Feb. 12 as Pat Carroll scored 27 points while hitting 7-of-11 field goal attempts, with six of them from 3-point range. SJU built a lead in the first half by holding TU to just 33.3 percent shooting from the field and an 0-for-7 effort from beyond the arc. Saint Joseph's held a 29-21 halftime lead and in the second half, led by as many as 16 points, with Temple not coming any closer than eight points.
THE CANDIDATE: Pat Carroll is making a strong case for Atlantic 10 Player of the Year honors. In conference play, the senior has been a dominant scorer, averaging 19.3 points per game, shooting 48.7 percent from the field and 53 percent from 3-point range. He has led the Hawks in scoring in all but four A-10 games, while helping SJU to a league-best 11-1 record.
DEE-FENSE: The Hawks take pride in their defense and their play on that end of the floor has been the key to the turnaround in the seaason's second half. In the current six-game Atlantic 10 winning streak, SJU has limited its foes to just 53.5 points per game. More impressively, last week the Hawks' opponents scored an average of just 41.5 points in the two games.
LOOKING TO CLINCH: A win tonight would assure the Hawks of at least a tie for the A-10 East title. Saint Joseph's has won four straight Atlantic 10 division crowns and is hoping to become the only team other than UMass to win five consecutive, as the Minutemen did it from 1991 to 1996.
SPIN ON D.J.: Dwayne Jones has established himself as one of the best big men in the league and one of the most improved over the past few seasons. The junior center is putting up career best numbers with 10.7 ppg, 11.3 rpg and 3.2 blocks per game, while averaging 11.2 points and 11.5 rebounds in conference play. He has recorded 13 double-doubles this season, while leading the Hawks in rebounding in all 23 games.