Jan. 20, 2006
PHILADELPHIA - The Saint Joseph's men's basketball team looks to get back on a winning track when it hosts La Salle on Saturday at the Palestra for an Atlantic 10 and Big 5 contest at noon. The matchup will be on the A-10 TV Network and seen locally on Comcast SportsNet.
The Hawks (6-8, 1-4 A-10) are in the midst of a three-game losing streak, their longest since December of last season. SJU is 1-0 in the Big 5. La Salle (10-5, 2-3) has also lost three in a row and is 0-1 in the City Series.
As an A-10 TV Network production, the game will also be seen on the following outlets around the country: ESPN FullCourt, Fox Sports Ohio, Fox Sports New England, Fox Sports Pittsburgh, WTTX (NY), Cox (RI), WGSR (NC), Time Warner Charlotte and Time Warner Rochester.
The game will be broadcast on the Saint Joseph's Sports Network on WPEN Radio (SportsTalk 950 AM) with Tom McCarthy and Joe Lunardi calling the action.
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SAINT JOSEPH'S GAME NOTES:
A LOOK BACK: On Jan. 15, 2005, Pat Carroll scored 23 points on 6-for-10 shooting from 3-point range to lead SJU past La Salle, 73-38, at The Palestra. The Hawks received 11 points and 13 rebounds from Dwayne Jones and led by as many as 36 points in the final minute. The SJU defense limited the A-10's top scorer Steven Smith to just nine points.
DRY SPELL: The Hawks suffered through one the longest droughts of the season against Charlotte, going scoreless for nine minutes. Holding a 41-32 lead, the Hawks missed 13 shots and saw the 49ers go on an 18-0 run. SJU had just 19 points in that half, all scored by two players - Chet Stachitas (9) and Rob Ferguson (10). The Hawks were 7-for-31 from the field (22.6%) and 5-of-21 from 3-point range (23.8%) in that period.
SHAKING IT UP: Phil Martelli went with a different starting lineup against Charlotte, replacing Ahmad Nivins with senior Dave Mallon. Mallon played a season-high 22 minutes and had only two points. Nivins came off the bench to go 4-for-6 from the field and grab seven rebounds in 27 minutes.
OFF THE MARK: The 3-point field goal is one of the Hawks' main offensive weapons, but they've struggled during this losing streak. In the three games, SJU is making just 24.6 percent (18-for-73) from beyond the arc. Included in that total are lows of 9.1% vs. GW (1st half); 16.7% vs. Charlotte (1st half); 20.0% (1st) and 13.3% (2nd) at UMass.
BOARD GAMES: On the bright side for SJU, it was more successful in rebounding against Charlotte, one of the league's better teams in that area. The teams both had 36 rebounds, but SJU limited Charlotte to just 11 on the offensive end, with the 49ers holding a 9-7 edge in second-chance points. In the previous two games, SJU's opponents had beaten them 28-10 in second-chance points.
WHERE'S THE D?: SJU prides itself on its defense, but the Hawks rank last in the Atlantic 10 in both field goal percentage defense (46.0) and 3-point field goal pct. defense (41.9).
ALL IN THE NUMBERS: Some telling statistics from the Hawks' three-game losing streak: leading scorers Jalloh, Stachitas and Lee are all shooting under 32 percent both from the field and 3-point range Dwayne Lee has made only 1-of-13 3-point field goals the Hawks have been outscored 207-178 SJU has made only 18 of 73 3-point attempts the Hawks have only gone to the foul line 53 times, an average of 17 per game; the opponents have taken 83 free throws (27 per game)
CONFERENCE CALL: SJU is averaging 59.0 points per game while giving up 65.2 in conference games. The Hawks are shooting 38.4 percent from the field but allowing the opponents to hit 47.2. Abdulai Jalloh leads the Hawks in scoring with 13.2 ppg, followed by Chet Stachitas with 12.0.
HOME COOKING: After playing five of seven games on the road, the Hawks are now in the midst of a stretch with seven of nine contests in Philadelphia. There are three games at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse, three at the Palestra and one at crosstown rival Temple.
CITY RIVALRY: Saint Joseph's is 1-0 in the Big 5, in the 50th anniversary of the most traditional and unique arrangements in college basketball. SJU, which won the City Series crown outright in both 2004 and 2003, went 2-2 last season with wins over Temple and La Salle. SJU has won a total of 19 Big 5 titles (9 outright/10 shared), which is second all-time to Temple's 22 titles (5 outright/17 shared). SJU has won the most outright titles of any school. A loss to Penn on Jan. 25, 2005 snapped a 10-game Big 5 winning streak.
KEY TO THE CITY: SJU owns a 17-3 record against city teams over the last four seasons (counting this year). This mark counts all games against Philadelphia teams (Drexel included). The Hawks went 3-3 last season and are 2-0 in 2005-06 with wins over Drexel and Temple.
SURGERY FOR SULLY: Senior reserve Rob Sullivan had surgery on Friday (Jan. 20) on the pinky finger of his right hand, to correct a fracture suffered in practice two weeks ago. Although Sullivan has not seen much game action, his absence is key as he is called upon to run the scout team in practice. He will be sidelined two to four weeks.
LOOKING AHEAD: SJU goes on the road again to visit new A-10 member Saint Louis for the first-ever meeting. The Hawks stay in Philly next weekend, playing Penn at the Palestra.