Jan. 24, 2007
WASHINGTON, DC - Saint Joseph's (11-7; 4-2 A-1), coming off a win over Xavier, visits George Wasington (13-4; 4-1) on Wednesday evening, Jan. 24, at the Smith Center. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
Saint Joseph's supporters will have two options to follow the game. Fans can click the "listen" link to receive a free audio feed with SJU radio announcers Tom McCarthy and Joe Lunuardi calling the action.
Fans who are Hawks All-Access members will be able to receive the video feed as streamed by George Washington. The audio on that feed will be provided by the Colonials' radio network. Fans should click "watch" on www.sjuhawks.com.
As always, anyone experiencing problem with either the audio or video feeds on their computers should contact CSTV at that time, by calling 888-870-CSTV or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. A list of frequently asked questions to troubleshoot problems is located http://www.cstv.com/ot/faq.html.
Game Notes: The Hawks have scored 75-plus points in five of the last six games. With a win tonight, Phil Martelli would tie Hall of Famer Jack Ramsay on SJU's list for coaching victories. Ramsay totaled 234 in 11 years (234-72 from 1955 to 66) while Martelli's 12-year mark stands at 233-130. After this game the Hawks will play six consecutive in Philadelphia. Ahmad Nivins has averaged 21.5 points in the past four games. The Hawks rank second in the Atlantic 10 in scoring defense, limiting the opponents to 62.7 points per game. Ahmad Nivins is averaging 20.3 points in conference games, while converting 63.5 percent of his field-goal attempts. Saint Joseph's last win at the Smith Center came on March 1, 2005 (71-56). Phil Martelli owns the most Atlantic 10 wins among active coaches with 118. His winning percentage in conference games (.650) is the highest among active coaches who have been in the league for more than one season. He also owns the longest tenure at one school of any of the league's coaches.
TUR-NO-VERS: As Phil Martelli has said repeatedly, the Hawks can give themselves a chance if they limit the turnovers. The win over Xavier was a perfect example as SJU had only nine in the game. Even more impressively, the Hawks only had three turnovers in the second half, and were without any in the final 15 minutes of the game. That's a season-low, tying the effort against Duquesne. In conference games, the Hawks are averaging 11.7 per game - in their non-conference slate, SJU was giving the ball away 16.6 times per game.
TWO AGAINST FIVE: A rare occurence happened in the first half at Fordham as Ahmad Nivins and Pat Calathes accounted for all of the Hawks' 21 points, with Nivins notching 12 and Calathes tallying nine. Jawan Carter became the first Hawk other than the duo to reach the scoring column when he hit a 3-pointer at 18:19 of the second half. One telling statistic for the first half was that third leading scorer Rob Ferguson did not have a shot, as he was saddled with three early fouls.
3-POINTS THE HARD WAY: In the six conference games combined, Ahmad Nivins has converted a total of 11 3-point plays. The Hawks' leading scorer is taking advantage of his free throw shooting, as he is hitting 82.4 percent from the line in league games.
POINT TAKEN: Phil Martelli credits assistant coach and former NBA player Doug Overton with his work with the Hawks' young guards, particularly with point guards Jawan Carter and Darrin Govens. Martelli was looking for more assertiveness from the point guards and Carter responded with a career-high 20 points in the win over Xavier.