Jan. 31, 2007
PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's (12-8; 4-3 A-10) will host Saint Louis (13-8; 3-4 A-10) in the Hawks' first nationally-televised game of the year on Thursday, February 1 at 8:30 p.m. at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse. The game will be seen on ESPN2.
It marks the first visit to Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse for Saint Louis. The teams have met only twice, with the Hawks winning both games.
There is no commercial radio for the game, but the SJU broadcast can be heard via streaming audio on www.sjuhawks.com, with Tom McCarthy and Joe Lunardi calling the action.
GAME NOTES: With SJU's next win, Phil Martelli will surpass Hall of Famer Jack Ramsay for second place on SJU's list for coaching victories. Ramsay totaled 234 in 11 years (234-72 from 1955 to 66) while Martelli's 12-year mark is 234-133. Bill Ferguson (1928 to 1953) holds the SJU record with 309 victories. The Hawks are in the midst of a six-game stretch of games in Philadelphia. The only game not at the Fieldhouse or Palestra is the visit to Villanova on Feb. 6. Pat Calathes has made 21 consecutive free throws. His last miss came in the Rhode Island game, when he went an uncharacteristic 0-for-3. He's shooting 82.9 percent on the season. This is Saint Joseph's first appearance on national tv this season. Pat Calathes leads the Atlantic 10 in 3-point percentage in conference games only, hitting 62.1 percent (18-for-29). In the past three games, the junior is averaging 17.7 points, while shooting 58.3% from 3-point range and 47% from the field. Ahmad Nivins is averaging 19.1 points in conference games, while converting 61.4 percent of his field-goal attempts. The Hawks rank third in the Atlantic 10 in scoring defense, limiting the opponents to 63.8 points per game.
PAT'S WEEK: Pat Calathes had a standout week, establishing a new career-high and then surpassing it in the next game. In two games he averaged 22.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 5.5 assists. Calathes set a career-high with 21 points at GW, then bettered it with 23 points in win over Penn. The junior also grabbed 10 rebounds against Penn for his second double-double. On the week, he shot 65% (13-for-20) from the field, 62.5% (5-for-8) from 3-point range and 13-for-13 from the foul line, extending his free throw streak to 21 consecutive. Another key was that he had no turnovers and six assists against Penn.
PHIL IT UP: Phil Martelli has tied Hall of Famer and SJU coaching legend Jack Ramsay for second place on the all-time victories list, reaching his 234th with the win over Penn. The next win will give Martelli sole possession of second place on the list behind Bill Ferguson, who amassed 309 victories as Hawks' head coach from 1928 to 1953. Ramsay compiled a 234-72 record in 11 seasons. Martelli's stands at 234-133 in 12 years.
ALL-AROUND GUY: Pat Calathes is among the Hawks' leaders in practically every category and now tops the team in 3-point percentage (46.3) and assists (3.45), while ranking second on the squad in scoring (13.8), rebounding (6.9). The 6-10 guard/forward has scored double figures in all but four games and has a current streak of nine in a row. He ranks among the conference's leaders in seven different categories.
LONG RANGE THREATS: SJU seemed to be without that defined 3-point threat that they've had over the past few years (such as Chet Stachitas and Pat Carroll), but Rob Ferguson and Pat Calathes are both close to filling those roles. Ferguson is currently hitting 47.8 percent from beyond the arc, with Calathes close behind at 47.3. Calathes has been on fire lately, converting an A-10 best 62.1 percent from the arc in conference games only. The team is shooting a league-best 40.4 percent on the year and made a season-high 10 3-pointers against both Xavier and Duquesne.