Feb. 16, 2010
PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's (9-16; 3-8 A-10) will play its second consecutive road game when it visits Xavier (17-7; 9-2) on Wednesday evening at the Cintas Center. Tip-off is 7:30 p.m.
The game will be televised by Fox Sports Ohio only. The game can be heard on WNTP Radio (990 AM) with Matt Martucci and Joe Lunardi calling the action. Audio streaming will be available free of charge on SJUHawks.com, via Stretch Internet.
GAME NOTES: This is the second of two consecutive games on the road for the Hawks, after a loss at UMass on Sunday. SJU is still looking for its first road win outside of Philadelphia and is 0-5 on the road in the Atlantic 10. Garrett Williamson ranks second in the A-10 in assists in conference games (4.3). Saint Joseph's ranks second in the A-10 in steals in conference games with 8.1, while Darrin Govens ranks second and Garrett Williamson is third. The regular-season finale with La Salle on March 6 will be played at Hagan Arena. Phil Martelli is in his 15th season as head coach and his 25th at the University. Martelli served as an assistant coach for 10 years on the staffs of Jim Boyle and John Griffin. He is the A-10's active leader in conference wins with 144. Saint Joseph's is celebrating the Centennial of SJU Basketball this year, as the inaugural season took place in 1909-10.
LAST TIME OUT: Held scoreless for the final 10 minutes of the first half, Saint Joseph's couldn't rally in the second half as it fell at Massachusetts, 70-62, at the Mullins Center. In the first half, Saint Joseph's tied the score 18-18 on three consecutive 3-pointers in a span of less than two minutes, with two straight from Darrin Govens. A Todd O'Brien free throw at 10:49 put the Hawks up 19-18, before Ricky Harris scored to give UMass the 20-19 lead. Both teams would go scoreless for the next five minutes until Matt Hill hit a 3-pointer to increase UMass' lead to 23-19. Saint Joseph's continued its scoring drought for the rest of the half, which spanned 11 minutes and 14 missed field goal attempts, allowing the Minutemen to finish off a 12-0 run to take a 30-19 halftime lead. The Hawks were held to just 25.9 percent shooting (7-of-22) in the opening 20 minutes. The Minutemen maintained a steady lead for most of the second half, but a pair of free throws from Garrett Williamson made it a 59-54 game with two minutes left to go. UMass wouldn't allow the Hawks to get any closer as the Minutemen sank 17 free throws to end the game and preserve the win. Williamson finished with a career-high 19 points while Govens had 15 and Justin Crosgile scored 13.
IF IT'S NOT ONE THING...: Phil Martelli was pleased with the Hawks' defense over the past two games, but it was the offense that faltered. "The cause for concern is at the offensive end. I thought we did a reasonable job in both games defensively - we accomplished what we wanted to. We competed on the backboard and did a reasonable job on the glass. And then we go and have 20 points in a half against Saint Louis and 19 against UMass. It's not something that I saw coming, but obviously it's a huge concern going into these last five games. We just hope that when we fix this, we don't have another hole in the dike."
LOW POINTS: The numbers from the Hawks' drought in the final 11 minutes of the first half at UMass were 20 possessions, six turnovers and 14 missed shots, as SJU scored a season-low 19 points.
BRIGHT SPOTS: There were two bright spots in the loss to Saint Louis. First, the Hawks outrebounded SLU, 41-30, marking only the second time this year that they have won the battle of the boards. Also, SJU outscored Saint Louis, 28-16, in the paint, which was one of the best inside efforts of the year. On the season, Saint Joseph's has been outscored in the paint by an average of 34.2 points to 26.5 points.
GOVENS' GOALS: Darrin Govens has upped his shooting percentage during the conference portion of the season. The senior is hitting 41.0 percent from the field, which is higher than his overall shooting percentage of 38.2. Against Richmond and St. Bonaventure, Govens made 12-for-25 from the field and 7-for-15 from 3-point range. On the season, Govens is averaging a team-best 13.2 ppg overall, and 13.8 ppg in conference play.
MR. EVERYTHING: The Hawks have needed Garrett Williamson to be more of a scorer this year and he's done that, while also bringing all of the intangibles every game. The senior has quietly tallied double figures in all but seven games this season, is averaging 11.6 ppg and has scored 290 points, which is the highest single-season total for his career. He has also continued to do all the little things on the court to help the cause, and here's a look at a few of those games: Towson - 4 assists, 3 blocks, 40 minutes (for the first time) Dayton - game-saving block with :04 to play UMass - 16 pts, 10 asts, 3 blocks, 6 steals (3rd double-double) St. Bonaventure (#2) - 5 straight pts while down 46-41; 5-for-6 FT shooting in final 1:33 at UMass - career-high 19 points
MORE ON GARRETT: Phil Martelli had high praise for Garrett Williamson after the Dayton win, saying, "Garrett is a winner. Unfortunately it doesn't bear out this year with our record, but Garrett Williamson plays winning basketball. It's the reason he has the most minutes, it's the reason his teammates voted him captain. I actually compared him the other day to Dmitri Domani on the A-10 cham pionship team in 1997. Dimitri just did everything that was necessary and that's what Garrett does," said Martelli.
HANDOUTS: Garrett Williamson led the way with 10 assists against UMass and ranks second in the A-10 in assists in conference games with 4.3 per game. The senior had seven of the Hawks' 10 assists against Richmond.
IDRIS' DOUBLES: Lost in the Hawks' 1-2 week (Jan. 25-31) was the play of Idris Hilliard, who had three consecutive double-figure scoring games, along with his first double-double of the year at Duquesne (14 pts, 14 rbs). The junior saw his six-game double-figure scoring streak come to an end vs. Richmond, but during the six-game stretch, Hilliard averaged 14.1 points and converted 52.3 percent (33-63) from the field. The junior made a career-best 13-of-17 free throws in the win over St. Bonaventure.
CENTENNIAL MOMENT: February 17, 1968 - Saint Joseph's defeated Villanova, 63-54, as Jack McKinney's Hawks clinched another Big 5 title.
LOOKING AHEAD: SJU returns to Philadelphia to host Temple at The Palestra on February 20 before going back on the road to Charlotte on February 24.