March 8, 2005
CINCINNATI, OH - Saint Joseph's earned three of the top awards given by the Atlantic 10 Conference, as voted on by the league's coaches. Pat Carroll was named the 2005 Atlantic 10 Co-Player of the Year with La Salle's Steven Smith, Dwayne Jones was chosen as the Defensive Player of the Year and Phil Martelli was named the Coach of the Year.
Carroll was also named the All-Conference 1st Team while Jones received 2nd Team honors. Jones and point guard Dwayne Lee were named to the All-Defensive Team. Junior Chet Stachitas was selected to the All-Academic Team.
It marks the second consecutive season that the Hawks have taken home the top player and coach awards. Carroll follows Jameer Nelson as the Hawks' second consecutive award winner. Martelli is the league's top coach for the second year in a row, and the fourth time in his career. The Hawk mentor also captured the award in 2001 and 1997.
Carroll, from Horsham, PA, led the Atlantic 10 in scoring in conference games (19.5 ppg) and ranked third in the league in scoring in overall games (17.3). Slowed by a dislocated shoulder in the early part of the season, Carroll came on strong after the New Year, averaging 20.3 points per game and shooting 49.3 percent from 3-point range in the last 16 games. He leads the A-10 in 3-point percentage at 45.4 and 51.4 percent in conference games. Carroll is the only player in Atlantic 10 history to lead the league in 3-point shooting for three consecutive years. The 6-5 senior owns Saint Joseph's career records for 3-point percentage (45.4) and 3-pointers made (258) and has tied the single-season mark with 99.
Last season's National Coach of the Year, Martelli did an impressive job with the 2004-05 Hawks' squad that had lost three key players from last year's NCAA Elite Eight team. After starting the year 3-6, Saint Joseph's went 14-4 the rest of the way, including an eight-game Atlantic 10 winning streak, to post a 17-10 record. The Hawks captured their fifth consecutive A-10 East regular-season title to become just the second team in conference history to do so, joining UMass which won five crowns from 1992 to 1996. Saint Joseph's also had the league's best record at 14-2 to earn the top overall seed in the conference tournament for the second year in a row. The Hawks' 30-2 Atlantic 10 record over the past two seasons is the best two-year mark since Temple went 35-1 during the 1987 and 1988 campaigns.
Jones, a 6-11 junior center from Chester, PA, established himself as a force in rebounding and blocking shots. Jones averaged a career-high 3.2 blocks per game to lead the league and rank among the top five in the nation. He leads the Atlantic 10 in both defensive rebounds (7.3) and offensive rebounds (4.2). Jones, with 10.2 ppg and 11.5 rpg, will be the first Hawk to average a double-double on the season since 1995-96, and the 27th player in conference history to do so. The junior also achieved the rare feat of a triple-double this season against St. Bonaventure (Feb. 19) when he had a career-high 10 blocks.
Lee, a 6-1 point guard, is a key defender on the perimeter for Saint Joseph's, which has one of the top defenses in the nation allowing just 59.3 points per game. The junior from Jersey City, NJ, tops the Hawks in steals with 1.7 per game and is the Atlantic 10 leader in assists (5.4) and assist/turnover ratio (2.2).
Stachitas, a 6-5 junior guard from Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, is the Hawks' second leading scorer with 12.0 points per game. He's scored in double figures in all but five Atlantic 10 games. A finance major with a 3.2 cumulative grade-point average, he ranks among the conference leaders in 3-point field percentage (38.1).
Top-seeded Saint Joseph's earned a first-round bye and opens play in the 2005 Atlantic 10 Championship in Cincinnati on Thursday, March 10 at noon. The Hawks will face the winner of the Richmond-Rhode Island matchup