Feb. 5, 2010
PHILADELPHIA - The Saint Joseph's (8-14; 2-6 A-10) men's basketball team will host St. Bonaventure (9-11; 2-5) on Sunday, February 7 at 1 p.m. at Hagan Arena. The game was rescheduled from Saturday due to the snowstorm.
Tickets are available for the game by calling 610-660-1712.
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, while video streaming is available through Hawks' All-Access.
GAME NOTES: Today's game is rescheduled from Saturday, Feb. 6, because of the snowstorm. SJU is in the midst of a three-game homestand. The Hawks own a 6-3 record in Hagan Arena this season. This is the second meeting with St. Bonaventure. The Hawks are looking to avenge the 68-65 loss from January 16. Saint Joseph's is 2-1 when playing on Super Bowl Sunday, and this marks the second consecutive year that they've done so. Saint Joseph's is enduring its third three-game losing streak of the season. Garrett Williamson leads the A-10 in assists in conference games (5.0), and had seven of the Hawks' 10 assists vs. Richmond. In the decade that just ended, the Hawks amassed a 201-103 record (counting this season to date) and made seven post-season appearances. 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 142. Saint Joseph's is celebrating the Centennial of SJU Basketball this year, as the inaugural season took place in 1909-10.
LAST TIME OUT: Richmond took over midway through the first half en route to a 68-58 win over Saint Joseph's at Hagan Arena. Darrin Govens had 13 points for the Hawks while Carl Jones scored 12 points off the bench. Garrett Williamson had seven of the Hawks' 10 total assists. Saint Joseph's started out strong and led 23-17 with just over 10 minutes to go in the first half. But the Richmond defense forced the Hawks into making just 2-of-13 shots and committing six turnovers the rest of the way, as the Spiders went on a 19-4 run to take a 36-27 lead at halftime. Richmond quickly built the lead into double digits in the first few minutes of the second half, taking a 45-32 lead. Justin Crosgile scored five consecutive points to pull the Hawks within 49-42, but a basket by Kevin Anderson and free throws by David Gonzalvez (18 pts) kept the double-digit cushion for the Spiders. A 3-pointer by Bryant Irwin, and a free throw by Williamson cut Richmond's lead to 62-55 at 2:19. A Hawks' turnover and a missed 3-pointer allowed Richmond to score on consecutive jumpers to build the lead back up to 66-56.
SJU AND SUPER BOWL SUNDAY: This is the fourth time in history that the Hawks are playing on Super Bowl Sunday, and the second straight year. Last season, SJU lost at Dayton, 69-68, in a game that incidentally was played after a major snowstorm. On Feb. 4, 2007, SJU beat Dayton, 71-65, at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse. The first occurrence was on Jan. 25, 1981 when the hometown Philadelphia Eagles lost to the Oakland Raiders. Even more noteworthy was that 8,553 fans showed up that day at The Palestra to watch the Jim Lynam-coached Hawks defeat UNC-Charlotte in a 1 p.m. game.
LOSING IT: There is a common thread running through the Hawks' last three losses (UMass, Duquesne, Richmond). In each game, SJU has gotten off to a good start and held a six or seven-point lead, only to see the opponent go on a significant run the rest of the half to take control. Against UMass, SJU led 20-14 with 10:28 to play in the half, but was then outscored 23-5 as the Minutemen took a 37-30 lead by halftime. At Duquesne, the Hawks led 22-15 at 7:58 before the Dukes outscored them, 24-9, to take a 39-31 halftime advantage. Against Richmond, SJU was up 23-17 at 10:27 before going cold and seeing the Spiders go on a 19-4 run to own a 36-27 halftime lead.
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 11.0 ppg and has scored 242 points, which is the highest single-season total for his career. Williamson has also continued to do all the little things on the court to help the cause. Against Towson he had four assists and three blocks while playing 40 minutes for the first time this year. He had the game-saving block on a driving layup attempt with :04 to play to preserve the Hawks' win over Dayton. Against UMass, he had an impressive stat line - 16 points, 10 assists (tied career-high), 3 blocks, 6 steals (career-high), for the third double-double of his career.
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 championship 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 is leads the A-10 in assists in conference games with 5.0 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. Hilliard had 14 points and a career-high 14 rebounds against the Dukes. The junior had his six-game double-figure scoring streak come to an end vs. Richmond During the six-game stretch, Hilliard averaged 14.1 points and converting 52.3 percent (33-63) from the field.
THE FURTHER THE BETTER: More than half of Darrin Govens' shots this season are 3-point field goal attempts. And out of the 96 field goals he has made, 47 of them are threes. For his career, the senior is shooting 36.1 percent from 3-point range, and 38.2 percent overall.
LOOKING AHEAD: Saint Joseph's is in the midst of three consecutive home games in Hagan Arena, and will host Saint Louis on Tuesday, February 9.