Men's Basketball Returns to the Fieldhouse to Host St. Bonaventure on Saturday
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  02/03/2006

Feb. 3, 2006

PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's returns to Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse and will play the first of four consecutive games in Philadelphia when it hosts St. Bonaventure on Saturday. Game time is noon for the A-10 TV Network broadcast which will be seen locally on Comcast SportsNet.

SJU is looking to rebound from a 77-69 loss at Dayton on Wednesday evening, which snapped a three-game winning streak and evened the Hawks' record to 9-9. SJU is 3-5 in the Atlantic 10.

St. Bonaventure is 6-13 overall and 0-8 in the league. The Bonnies have lost nine in a row.

All of the action can also be heard via the Saint Joseph's Sports Network on SportsTalk 950 (WPEN-AM) with Tom McCarthy and Joe Lunardi as the broadcast team.

The game will also be televised on ESPN Fullcourt; Fox Sports NY; Fox Sports Ohio; Fox Sports New England; Fox Sports Pittsburgh; Charter - St. Louis; Adelphia; WTTX (NY) and WGSR (NC).

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SAINT JOSEPH'S NOTES: BACKCOURT BOOST: The Hawks' starting backcourt of Dwayne Lee and Abdulai Jalloh came out of its shooting slump at Dayton, combining for 33 points on 9-for-19 shooting. Prior to that game, the guards had combined to make just 15-of-61 (24.5%) from the field and 3-of-28 (10.7%) from 3-point range. They had scored a total of 71 points, with 38 from the foul line. Lee and Jalloh were 0-for-10 against Penn until Jalloh connected on a short jumper for the gamewinner with 25 seconds to play.

DAVE'S DIAGNOSIS: Dave Mallon is doubtful for today after suffering a grade-2 sprain of his left ankle at Dayton. Mallon went down with 11:30 to play in the first half and was sidelined for the rest of the game. The Hawks missed the senior whom Phil Martelli has called, "the anchor of the defense" and "our best communicator on defense". His status for the game with Villanova will be determined next week. Ahmad Nivins, who started the first 12 games of the year, will return to the starting lineup in his place.

A.J. FOR M.I.P.: Abdulai Jalloh has made his case as one of the top candidates for the Atlantic 10's Chris Daniels Most Improved Player Award. He's gone from a reserve player averaging 4.3 ppg last season, to a starter scoring a team-best 15.3 ppg. Jalloh has scored in double figures 13 times, and had the highest output for the Hawks this season with 30 points vs. Ohio State. The comparison of Jalloh's two seasons follows: Scoring avg. 4.3 - 15.3; Rebounding avg. 2.8 - 5.1; FG pct. .327 - .397; 3-pt FG pct. .341 - .337; FT pct. .807 - .847

FRONT AND CENTER: Frontcourt players Rob Ferguson and Ahmad Nivins have put together solid numbers in the past five contests. Ferguson is averaging 10.8 ppg, including a high of 18 points vs. Penn. Nivins, has averaged 7.0 ppg and 7.8 rpg, but made 13 of his last 20 shots. Ferguson is shooting 20-for-41 from the field during this stretch.

FREEBIES: Abdulai Jalloh has definitely taken advantage of his trips to the foul line. In the last five games, he has totalled 65 points, but 35 points are from the foul line (54 percent). On the season, Jalloh is averaging 6.5 free throw attempts per game, but in the last four games, he's averaging 9.5 foul shots.

OFF THE MARK: Since making 14-of-26 3-point field goals in the win over Temple (1/8), the Hawks have struggled from beyond the arc. In the seven games following that one, SJU has made just 37-of-137 of its 3-point attempts (27 percent). Included in that total are lows of 0% vs. La Salle (1st half); 9.1% vs. GW (1st); 16.7% vs. Charlotte (1st); 20.0% (1st) and 13.3% (2nd) at UMass; 25.0% at Saint Louis (2nd); 14.3% (1st) vs. Penn; and 18.2% (2nd) at Dayton. SJU is still one of the A-10's top 3-pt. shooting teams, ranking sixth.

LOOKING AHEAD: The Hawks take on #4 Villanova on Tuesday at the Palestra in a nationally-televised game which will commemorate the first-ever Big 5 game, 50 years ago. The game will also be for the City Series title as both squads own 3-0 records. It will be the fourth time that has happened in the 50 years of the Big 5 and Saint Joseph's has been involved in all of those games.