Jan. 11, 2011
PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's (5-10; 0-2) will embark on a two-game road trip beginning on Wednesday, January 12, when the Hawks visit Dayton (13-4; 1-1). Game time at UD Arena is 7 p.m. and the contest will be heard in Philadelphia in WNTP (990 AM).
The game will be televised in Ohio on WHIO while video streaming of the game can be found on DaytonFlyers.com.The Saint Joseph's Sports Network broadcast of the game will also available on SJUHawks.com, with Matt Martucci and Joe Lunardi calling the action. The audio stream is available free of charge. Click here to listen.
Saint Joseph's will then travel to play Saint Louis on Saturday, January 15. The game is at 1 p.m. local time but will be televised back to Philadelphia on Comcast SportsNet at 2 p.m.
GAME NOTES: Phil Martelli is in his 16th year as Saint Joseph's head coach, and his 26th year on Hawk Hill. The coach needs six wins to reach 300 for his career, and will coach his 500th game with nine more. He also owns the most Atlantic 10 wins among active coaches, with 146. Freshman C.J. Aiken ranks second in the nation in blocked shots and leads the Atlantic 10 with 3.8 per game and 7.0 in conference games only. Leading scorer Carl Jones has scored double figures in 14 of 15 games this year, with five games of 20-plus points. Freshman Langston Galloway tops the Atlantic 10 in free throw percentage, hitting 93.8 percent. SJU is fielding its youngest team ever under Phil Martelli with two seniors, one junior, four sophomores and five freshmen. The starting lineup has included three freshmen, which is the most ever under Martelli. The Hawks are looking to avoid an 0-3 start in league play. That has not happened since 1997-98, which was Phil Martelli's third season.
LAST TIME OUT: George Washington placed five players in double figures to defeat Saint Joseph's, 78-71, at Hagan Arena. Carl Jones scored 23 points for the Hawks while freshman C.J. Aiken notched career-highs of 15 points and nine blocked shots. Leading basically the entire game, GW held off a few Saint Joseph's comeback attempts in the second half. Trailing 40-31, SJU opened the second half with a 15-7 run, capped by a layup from Jones to pull the Hawks to within 50-46. GW continued to hold its lead even though Aiken connected on a three with 7:24 to cut the SJU deficit to 58-56. But GW answered right back with a three-pointer and then a conventional three-point play to give GW a 63-56 edge with 5:48 to play. The Hawks made one more run as Jones hit a pair of free throws and Galloway connected on a 3-pointer to close them to within 73-69. But only 32 seconds remained and GW would go on to convert 5-of-6 foul shots down the stretch to earn the victory. In the first half, the teams went back and fourth until GW broke a 15-15 tie with a 7-0 run. The Colonials shot a sizzling 6-for-11 from three-point range, while SJU was just 2-for-9 from behind the arc in the first 20 minutes. Idris Hilliard had 10 points and Langston Galloway had 10 points and nine rebounds for Saint Joseph's which forced 14 GW turnovers but struggled from the foul line, making just 10-of-17.
1500 CLUB: With two more victories, Saint Joseph's will reach 1,500 wins in the program's history. The Hawks currently own a 1,498-996 record in 102 seasons. SJU will become one of 35 programs to reach the plateau, joining an impressive list.
MARTELLI MILESTONES: Head coach Phil Martelli is closing in on a few milestones. Here's the numbers he needs to reach those marks: 300 career victories - needs 6 150 Atlantic 10 victories - needs 4 500 games coached - needs 9 Martelli will join an exclusive group of head coaches in A-10 history that have recorded 300 wins - John Chaney of Temple had 516 while Gale Catlett of West Virginia notched 333 for West Virginia (1979-95).
REJECTION NOTICE: Freshman C.J. Aiken continues to make his presence known in the middle with his talent for blocking shots. The freshman had a season-high nine against GW, with seven in the first half alone, to go along with 15 points. Earlier this season he had six at Fairfield, which was the highest total for a Hawk since Ahmad Nivins had the same number at UMass on Jan. 9, 2008. Aiken had also notched seven at Villanova in December. The school record for blocks in a game is 12 by all-time leader Rodney Blake against Cleveland State on Dec. 2, 1987. Phil Martelli said, "C.J. has become more of a presence defensively. When you can walk out as a freshman with nine blocks that's something. But we have to get more than face-up jumpers. We have to get some baskets when he outruns people. It's a bright future but we just need it to be today. We can't wait for it to be a year from now."
BLOCK PARTY: Led by C.J. Aiken, the Hawks top the Atlantic 10 in blocks per game, with 5.8 overall and 7.0 in league games. Aiken ranks second in the NCAA stats while Saint Joseph's is 13th as a team.
JONES-IN': Carl "Tay" Jones has recorded double-figures in 14 of 15 games and has scored 20-plus points six times, including a career-best 29 points vs. Minnesota. He had a 13-game scoring streak, which dated back to last year, come to an end at Holy Cross. Jones leads the Hawks with his 17.8 scoring average, while ranking fifth in the A-10.
GIVING IT AWAY: After going four straight games with less than 10 turnovers, the Hawks fell victim to Duquesne's pressing defense and tied their season-high with 19 turnovers. SJU had recorded a season-low five turnovers against Siena on Dec. 31. The Hawks bounced back and committed only eight against GW. On the year the Hawks are averaging 12.3 per game while forcing 12.1 by the opponents.
IT'S HERE: The all-important conference season is upon the Hawks and they will be looking to get off to a better start than last year's 1-3 start. The Hawks played three of the four on the road and lost to Temple, defeated Fordham, and then dropped games to Rhode Island and St. Bonaventure. SJU finished the 2009-10 A-10 with a 5-11 record.
DOUBLED UP: Freshman Ronald Roberts recorded the Hawks' first double-double of the season against Duquesne when he had career-highs of 13 points and 10 rebounds in 26 minutes off the bench. Roberts also blocked a personal best three shots while going 5-for-7 from the foul line. The freshman had four points, three rebounds and three blocks during a 13-1 run that saw the Hawks pull within 11 points.
STAYING OVER: SJU is in the midst of one of its longest conference road trips in a while. Because of a Saturday game at Saint Louis, the Hawks will be staying in the Midwest for the rest of the week. SJU will practice at Dayton on Thursday before heading to St. Louis on Friday. Because of flight schedules, the Hawks don't get to fly home until Sunday morning.
DIFFERENT STROKES: Phil Martelli has pointed out that in each of the last few losses, it's been something different for the Hawks. Against Duquesne, the Hawks committed 19 turnovers. In the loss to GW, SJU allowed the Colonials to hit a high percentage of threes (56%), were outrebounded by 13, and missed seven free throws.
LOOKING AHEAD: The Hawks will stay on the road and visit Saint Louis on Saturday afternoon. SJU returns home for the first of four straight games in Philadelphia, hosting Rhode Island on Jan. 19.