Feb. 24, 2008
- Following the current basketball season, the renovation and expansion project for Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse will begin. As the final regular-season game in the Fieldhouse approaches on March 6, SJUHawks.com will provide a listing of some of the most memorable games in the 59-year history of Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse.
The following is the first installment, listed in chronological order:
November 26, 1949. Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse hosts its first college basketball game. Rhode Island defeats Saint Joseph's, 62-46.
February 4, 1953. Ed Garrity pours in 40 points in a 111-92 win over Rhode Island, setting a Fieldhouse scoring record that would last for nearly 50 years. Daughter Mary Sue Garrity scored 1,362 points for the Saint Joseph's women's team between 1974-78.
December 6, 1955. Saint Joseph's defeats Millersville, 76-60, in the Fieldhouse debut of new coach Jack Ramsay. The famed "Dr. Jack" went 232-72 in 11 seasons on Hawk Hill before going on to a Hall of Fame career in the NBA.
February 28, 1961. The Hawks nip Albright, 76-74, for win No. 12 in a then-school record 15-game winning streak. The streak ends with Saint Joseph's reaching the NCAA Final Four for the only time in school history.
December 7, 1965. In their final season together, all-time greats Jack Ramsay, Cliff Anderson, and Matt Goukas play only one Fieldhouse game (a 98-68 rout of Bellarmine). The 1965-66 season concludes the best two-year stretch in school history as the Hawks go 50-8, reached two NCAA regionals, and sweep the Big 5 twice.
January 17, 1974. The first Saint Joseph's women's basketball team, coached by Ellen Ryan, makes its debut against three-time national champion Immaculata. The Mighty Macs win easily, 59-24, but the Hawks finish their initial season with a 9-2 record.
February 5, 1974. In his final season as head coach, Jack McKinney's "grim, grisly, and gruesome" Hawks defeat Georgetown, 70-64. With prior year stars Mike Bantom and Pat McFarland gone, little is expected of a Saint Joseph's team that lands in the NCAA Tournament.
March 8, 1976. Women's basketball, with former Immaculata star Theresa Grentz coaching, defeats Rutgers, 80-52. The Hawks finish the season with an 18-3 record and place third in the AIAW national championship.
February 25, 1978. Under coach Rene Portland, another former Immaculata star, the women's team defeats No. 10 Montclair State, 85-76. It is the Hawks' third win over a Top 10 team at the Fieldhouse that season, which ends with another third-place showing in the AIAW national championship.
March 4, 1981. Coach Jim Lynam, playing without injured star Bryan Warrick, leads the Hawks to a 60-55 win over Temple in the East Coast Conference quarterfinals. Saint Joseph's would take the ECC crown at the Palestra and knock off top-ranked DePaul in the NCAA Tournament.
Keep checking this site as more games will be added. And vote on the Fan Poll for your favorite.