March 3, 2011
PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's (8-21; 3-12) will face a playoff situation in the regular-season finale at Charlotte (10-19; 2-13) on Saturday, with the winner earning the last spot in next week's Atlantic 10 Tournament. Game time is 2 p.m. at Halton Arena.
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GAME NOTES: The Hawks are playing today for an Atlantic 10 Tournament berth. With a win, SJU would become the 12th seed in the tourney and travel to the campus site of the fifth seed for the opening round on Tuesday, March 8. The quarterfinals, semifinals and championship are set for Friday-Sunday, March 11-13, at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Freshman Langston Galloway scored a career-high 27 points to lead the Hawks over St. Bonaventure and was named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week for the fourth time, and third time in February. Leading scorer Carl Jones has scored double figures in 25 of 28 games this year, with nine games of 20-plus points. He missed the UMass game on Feb. 5 with a sprained ankle. C.J. Aiken ranks third in the nation in blocked shots and is the highest ranked freshman. He leads the Atlantic 10 with 3.7 per game and 4.0 in conference games only. Aiken has set the freshman record for blocks in a season (106), breaking the previous mark of 95 held by all-time blocks leader Rodney Blake. Phil Martelli needs just one win for 150 in Atlantic 10 games. He owns the most conference wins among active coaches with 149.
LAST TIME OUT: Kevin Anderson scored 20 of his game-high 22 points in the second half as Richmond earned a 69-54 victory over Saint Joseph's on "Senior Night". Saint Joseph's was led by Ronald Roberts with 10. The Hawks' seniors, Idris Hilliard and Charoy Bentley, were honored prior to the game and Hilliard scored eight points and grabbed seven rebounds. After shooting just 29 percent in the first half, Richmond hit 55 percent of their shots in the second to pull away from the Hawks. Leading 40-39 with just over 10 minutes to play, the Spiders broke it open with a 12-1 run to take a 52-40 lead. SJU couldn't cut the deficit to single digits the rest of the way and the Spiders took their biggest lead of the game, 69-52, with 1:49 remaining. In the first half, the Spiders took the early 9-2 lead but the Hawks tied it, 11-11, on a jumper by Jones with 11:15 to play. Neither team would lead by more than three points in the low scoring period, with Richmond holding a 20-19 edge at intermission.
DEJA VU: The Hawks are in the exact same situation as last year, playing on the final day of the regular season for an Atlantic 10 Tournament berth. Last year, SJU beat city rival La Salle, 74-59, in Hagan Arena to earn the 12th spot in the conference tournament. The Hawks then lost at Rhode Island in the opening round to end the season.
MAKING THEIR MARK: There have been a few individual statistical efforts that may rank among the top in Hawk history. Here's a list of the numbers and where they currently rank: Langston Galloway: 2nd in season FT Pct. (88.6)/ record is 89.2 C.J. Aiken: 4th in season blocks (106)/ record is 121 - Set freshman record for blocks in a season (106) - 2nd in season block average (3.7)/ record is 3.8 Idris Hilliard: ranks 10th in career FG Pct. (50.6) Team: needs five blocks to tie the record for blocks in a season (166) - Could set record for block average in a season (5.7)
TEAM GOALS: The Hawks are looking to qualify for their 29th consecutive Atlantic 10 Tournament, having played in every one since joining the league in 1981-82. This is the sixth year of the current format, in which two teams do not earn a berth in the tournament. In the league's history, there are five schools that have missed out on the tournament at some point, but Saint Joseph's is not one of them. SJU did not reach Atlantic City last season, as it lost to Rhode Island in the opening round.
LANGSTON'S LINE: Langston Galloway scored a career-high 27 points to help the Hawks to the win over St. Bonaventure and was named the A-10 Rookie of the Week for the fourth time this year. The freshman shot 8-for-13 from the field against SBU and made 5-of-7 three-pointers. In the two games of the week, he shot 43.5 percent (10-for-23) from the floor, 50.0 percent (6-for-12) from three-point range and was 7-for-8 (87.5 percent) from the free throw line. It was the seventh time that Galloway scored 20-plus points in a game, and his 17th game in double figures. He ranks second on the team in scoring (12.3), but leads the team in rebounding (5.6), free throw percentage (88.6) and assist/turnover ratio (2.3).
DYNAMIC DUO: The backcourt combination of Carl Jones and Langston Galloway has accounted for 45 percent of the Hawks' scoring this year (833 points) and has made 59 percent of SJU's three-point field goals. Together, the pair has taken 40 percent of SJU's field goal attempts and 49 percent of the Hawks' three-point attempts. The pair combined for 47 of the Hawks' 79 points in the win over St. Bonaventure and shot 12-for-20 from the field and 7-for-10 from three-point range.
1500 CLUB: With the win over Fordham, Saint Joseph's notched its 1,500th victory in the program's history. The Hawks currently own a 1,501-1,008 record in 102 seasons. SJU is one of 35 programs to reach the plateau, joining an impressive list of basketball programs.
MARTELLI MILESTONES: Head coach Phil Martelli is closing in on a few milestones. Here's the numbers needed to reach those marks: 300 career victories - needs 3 150 Atlantic 10 victories - needs 1 He coached his 500th career game and 250th Atlantic 10 contest at Fordham on Feb. 13. Martelli has now coached the second most games in school history (505). Bill Ferguson, who was the Hawks' mentor from 1928 to 1953, coached 517 games, and holds the school record for victories with 309.
JEKYLL-HYDE: Coming off a dismal performance at UMass in which the Hawks scored just 15 first-half points and shot 4-for-26 from three-point range, SJU turned in their best shooting performance of the year to defeat St. Bonaventure. Against SBU, the Hawks hit for 66.7 percent in the first half and 61.5 percent in the game. They converted 64.7 percent from beyond the arc, including a sizzling 5-for-7 in the second half.
AT THE LINE: If Langston Galloway can better his current free throw percentage of 88.6 percent slightly by the end of the season, he will set the single-season record for free throw percentage. Delonte West owns the mark, hitting 89.2 percent in 2003-04.
TAKING CARE OF THE BALL: The Hawks have limited the turnovers as of late, although against Richmond, they had 10, with seven in the first half alone. SJU has averaged 8.1 in the past seven games, which includes just eight against #24 Xavier and seven vs. #23 Temple. On the year, Saint Joseph's is averaging 11.1 turnovers and forcing about the same number, 11.0, to rank 19th in the nation in turnovers.
AROUND THE BLOCK: C.J. Aiken's remarkable total of 106 blocked shots this season has already set the Hawks' freshman record for blocks in a season, eclipsing the mark of 95 set by all-time leader Rodney Blake in 1984-85. It is is also the fourth best single-season total in school history behind Blake's record of 121 set in 1985-86. Aiken now ranks eighth all-time for career blocks.
BLOCK PARTY: Led by C.J. Aiken, the Hawks top the Atlantic 10 in blocks per game, with 5.6 overall and 5.8 in league games. Aiken ranks third in the nation while Saint Joseph's ranks 16th. The school record for blocked shot average in a season is 3.8 by Rodney Blake (1985-86) and 5.7 by the 1985-86 team.
ON TARGET: Idris Hilliard ranks 10th in career field goal percentage, with his current percentage of 50.8, just behind Tony Costner, who converted 50.8 percent in the early 1980's.
JONES-IN': Carl "Tay" Jones has recorded double-figures in 25 of 28 games and has scored 20-plus points 10 times, including a career-best 29 points vs. Minnesota. He had a 13-game scoring streak, which dated back to last year, come to an end at Holy Cross. Jones leads the Hawks with his 17.0 scoring average and ranks sixth in the A-10. He averages the most field goal attempts on the squad, taking 12.3 shots per game. Jones missed the win over UMass on Feb. 5 due to a sprained ankle, but returned to score 15 points in the win at Fordham. After scoring just eight points at UMass, Jones had 20 in the victory over St. Bonaventure, as he made 10-for-13 from the foul line.