Jan. 25, 2008
PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's (11-5; 3-1 A-10) will look to extend its two-game winning streak when it visits crosstown rival Temple (9-8; 2-1) on Saturday evening at the Liacouras Center. Tip-off is 6 p.m. for the contest that will be televised nationally on ESPNU.
The Saint Joseph's Sports Network team of Tom McCarthy and Joe Lunardi will broadcast the game on WNTP (990 AM), along with former Hawk player Will Johnson, Streaming audio will also be available on www.sjuhawks.com free of charge as provided by Stretch Internet.
The Hawks have won two in a row and seven of their last eight games. Tasheed Carr is questionable for tonight with a sprained right ankle that he suffered in practice on Jan. 14. He has missed the last three games. Garrett Williamson has stepped in as the starting point guard and is averaging 10.5 points and 7.0 assists during this time. Pat Calathes tops the Hawks in scoring (17.9 ppg) and rebounding (8.3) and is second in assists (2.9). He ranks seventh in the A-10 in scoring and second in rebounding. Tasheed Carr leads the Atlantic 10 in assists with 6.7 per game and is tied for seventh in the NCAA statistics for Jan. 20. Ahmad Nivins is the conference leader in field goal percentage (65.0) and is sixth nationally. Saint Joseph's ranks first in the conference in field goal pct. (46.2) and free throw pct. (76.2) for league games only, and is second in scoring (81.5), rebounding (38.8), rebounding margin (+6.5) and steals (8.75). The Hawks are 54th this week in the RPI (collegerpi.com) and are one of six Atlantic 10 teams in the top 60. This game does not count in the Big 5 standings. The teams will meet again on March 2 at the Palestra in a Big 5 and Atlantic 10 contest.
LAST TIME OUT: The Hawks' win over UMass was one of the strangest in recent memory. The teams had faced each other just two weeks ago in a high-scoring affair (SJU 98-92), but that wasn't the case on Jan. 23 at the Fieldhouse, at least for the first half. At one point, both teams were 1-for-11 from the field and 10 minutes into the game, the score was 8-6. The half ended with the Hawks holding a 29-16 lead, despite shooting just 28.1 percent. The tide turned in the second half as UMass scored 61 points to the Hawks' 52. SJU appeared to have the game wrapped up with a 77-64 lead at :50, but UMass would go on a 7-1 run to pull to within 78-74 with :19 to play. The Hawks held a 79-77 lead with :05 remaining and needed D.J. Rivera.
STRANGE STATS: A few more of the odd statistics from the win over UMass on Wednesday: SJU attempted 54 free throws, making 39 The Hawks held a 29-16 lead at the half, despite shooting 28.1% (9-32) SJU only made two 3-pointers in the game, the lowest amount of the season
INJURY REPORT: Tasheed Carr is questionable for the game after spraining his right ankle in practice on Jan. 14. He has missed the past three games (Charlotte, Penn, UMass) with the injury. He will be a game-day decision.
SEEING DOUBLE: SJU had five players score double figures in the win over UMass, with two players - Ahmad Nivins and Pat Calathes - notching double-doubles. Rob Ferguson was one point shy of giving the Hawks three players with double-doubles as he had nine points to go along with his career-high 12 rebounds.
KEY TO THE CITY: SJU owns a 28-7 record against city teams over the last six seasons (counting this year). This mark counts all games against Philadelphia teams (Drexel included). The Hawks have already defeated Drexel and Penn this season.
FAMILIAR RIVAL: Temple is the opponent that the Hawks have faced the most in the history of the program, with 139 meetings. The teams have played three times in each of the past two seasons, with SJU winning five of those games.
FRIENDS AND FOES: Phil Martelli and Fran Dunphy are close friends and share a passion for their work with Coaches vs. Cancer. On the court, Martelli holds an 11-4 edge in games coached against Dunphy while he was at Penn and last year at Temple.
MILESTONE WIN: The win over Penn was Phil Martelli's 250th in his 13 seasons. With his record now at 251-144, Martelli ranks second on SJU's list for career victories and is fourth in winning percentage.
TRUE TEAM EFFORT: In the 82-42 win over Penn, the Hawks registered a season-high 27 assists on 32 field goals. More impressively, SJU had assists on 18 of 19 baskets in the second half. The only one without an assist came when walk-on C.J. Brown stripped a Penn player of the ball and went in for an uncontested layup. Garrett Willamson led the way with a career-high nine assists and no turnovers. All 12 active players in the game scored for the Hawks.
HIGH-FLYING HAWKS: The Hawks are scoring at a higher rate in conference games, averaging 81.5 ppg, compared to 73.6 ppg in non-conference games. SJU ranks second in the A-10 in scoring in conference games.
LOOKING AHEAD: The Hawks head south on I-95 to visit George Washington on Jan. 30 before returning home to meet Fordham on Feb. 2.