Feb. 1, 2008
PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's (13-5; 5-1) will look to extend its four-game winning streak when it hosts Fordham (8-10; 2-4) on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse. Tip-off is 4 p.m. and the game will be televised locally by Comcast SportsNet.
The Saint Joseph's Sports Network team of Ken Krsolovic and Joe Lunardi will broadcast the game on WNTP (990 AM). Streaming audio will also be available on www.sjuhawks.com free of charge as provided by Stretch Internet.
Video streaming of the game will also be available on Hawks' All-Access as part of the Pay-per-View feature. SJU All-Access subscribers can watch the broadcast free of charge while others can watch it by paying the $9.95 fee.
The game is a CSTV regional broadcast and can also be seen on Cox New England, Comcast/Charter Sports and SportsNet New York with Tom McCarthy and John Griffin calling the action.
Coach Phil Martelli will wear sneakers on the sideline as part of the annual Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers National Awareness Weekend. Coaches around the nation will wear sneakers to call attention to the cause. Click here for game notes.
GAME NOTES: The Hawks have won four in a row and nine of their last 10 games. A win today would extend the streak to five wins, and would tie the longest streak of the season thus far. SJU is in the midst of a stretch of four games in eight days, and five games in 11 days. Pat Calathes tops the Hawks in scoring (18.4 ppg) and rebounding (8.4) and is second in assists (2.7). He ranks seventh in the A-10 in scoring and second in rebounding. In conference games only, the Hawks lead the league in free throw percentage (.706) and rank second in field goal percentage (.468). SJU is also third in blocked shots (5.1) and steals (7.9) Pat Calathes needs 11 points to reach 1,000 career points and would become the 46th player to achieve that. Rob Ferguson reached the milestone already this year and Ahmad Nivins is also closing in needing just 38 points. The Hawks are 43rd in the RPI (collegerpi.com) as of Jan. 27.
SENIOR LEADERSHIP: Pat Calathes and Rob Ferguson stepped it up in a big way at Temple, as the seniors from Florida combined for 43 of the Hawks' 68 points. The duo also combined to shoot 15-for-23 (65.2%) from the field and 9-for-14 (64.2%) from 3-point range, led by Ferguson's 5-for-5 effort. Ferguson also had the assist on Calathes' game-winning 3-pointer with 3.9 seconds to play. The pair also had a big hand in the win over GW, combining for 36 points and 16 rebounds and have earned praise from Phil Martelli. "What we're seeing from our team is that our oldest guys- Pat and Rob - are performing at probably the highest levels of their careers," said the coach.
MONTHLY REPORT: The Hawks went 6-1 in the month of January, with the only loss coming to Charlotte on Jan. 16. Saint Joseph's has only lost twice since December 9. It's actually the Hawks' best record for this month since the undefeated season in 2003-04. Last year, SJU was 4-4 in January.
COLD SPELL: SJU won at GW despite shooting 29.6 percent from the field in the second half. That effort followed a 54.5 percent effort in the first half. The Hawks offset the poor second-half shooting by going 13-for-18 from the foul line to hold onto to the 61-59 win.
PAT ON THE BACK: Pat Calathes was named the Atlantic 10 Co-Player of the Week and the Big 5 Player of the Week for Jan. 27. The senior hit the first game-winning shot of his SJU career, converting a 3-pointer at 3.9 seconds to lift the Hawks over Temple. Calathes finished the game with 24 points and nine rebounds. In two victories last week, he averaged 20 points and 9.5 rebounds. It is the second time this year that Calathes has earned top player honors from both leagues.
FERG'S FINEST: Rob Ferguson is giving the Hawks scoring on a consistent basis and is averaging 13.0 points in the last seven games, with a high of 19 at Temple. The senior has notched double figures in eight of the last 11 games and is averaging 11.3 ppg on the year. During the seven-game stretch he's shooting 50.7 percent from the field. He went 5-for-5 from 3-point range in the win over Temple and was 6-for-11 from the field at GW.
CLOSE CALLS: The Hawks are doing something that they hadn't done earlier in the season, winning the close games. SJU's last three wins have come by a combined total of seven points.
NO PLACE LIKE HOME: Saint Joseph's owns an all-time record of 316-81 through 58 seasons in the friendly confines of Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse, winning at an 83.1 percent clip. In this decade, the Hawks have won 83 percent of their games here, posting a 64-13 mark on their home court. Last season, SJU was 8-3 in the Fieldhouse. The Hawks are 3-2 this season.
LATE-GAME (ALMOST) COLLAPSE: The end of the GW game resembled the UMass win on Jan. 23 as SJU seemed to have it wrapped up, but almost gave it away. Against GW, the Hawks led by eight (59-51) with 39 seconds to play. But the home team hit two quick 3-pointers while the Hawks missed four free throws and threw away an inbounds pass. GW couldn't connect on the inbounds pass with 1.9 seconds left and the Hawks escaped with the win. Against UMass on Jan. 23, the Hawks had a 13- point lead with 54 seconds to play. The Minutemen whittled it to a two-point deficit with :05 to go, until Calathes iced the win with two free throws with :03 remaining.
FOUR IN A ROW: The Hawks' defense is one of the keys to the current four-game winning streak. SJU is holding its opponents to shooting 40 percent from the field, but 30.5 percent from 3-point range. The Hawks' foes are also averaging just 61.2 points per game, compared to SJU's scoring average of 73.0.
LOOKING AHEAD: The Hawks have a quick turnaround for the annual rivalry with Villanova on Monday at the Palestra. Then the team travels to Duquesne for a Wednesday evening game.