Nov. 30, 2010
PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's (3-2) will travel cross town to visit Drexel (3-1) on Wednesday, December 1 at the Daskalakis Center at 7 p.m. The game will be televised locally on The Comcast Network.
Audio streaming of the game will be available on SJUHawks.com. The audio stream, with Matt Martucci and Joe Lunardi calling the action is available free of charge. Click here to listen.
Saint Joseph's has won three in a row after starting the year 0-2. The Hawks captured the Philly Hoop Group Classic title with the win over Rutgers last Friday. Freshman Langston Galloway was named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week and the Big 5 Player of the Week after averaging 17.5 points in both Hawk wins. SJU's current three-game winning streak is the longest since the middle of January last season. The last time the Hawks won four in a row was the 2008-09 campaign. Phil Martelli is in his 16th year as Saint Joseph's head coach, and his 26th year on Hawk Hill. The coach needs eight wins to reach 300 for his career, and the 24th game he coaches this year will be his 400th. Leading scorer Carl Jones has scored double figures in seven straight games dating back to last season. SJU is fielding its youngest team ever under Phil Martelli with two seniors, one junior, four sophomores and five freshmen. The opening day starting lineup included three freshmen, which is the most ever under Martelli. The Hawks are in the midst of a busy stretch this week with three games in five days - they visit #12 Villanova on Friday night and are at Princeton on Sunday.
LAST TIME OUT: Carl Jones had a career-high 21 points and freshman Langston Galloway had 20 as Saint Joseph's defeated Rutgers, 76-70, to win the Philly Hoop Group Classic at The Palestra. Galloway shot 7-for-8 from the field and handed out eight assists. Jones made 7-of-10 from the foul line while Idris Hilliard added 10 points. The Hawks led for most of the first half, but after trailing 22-21, SJU scored the next 11 straight points, keyed by five points each from Jones and Galloway, to take a 33-22 lead. Rutgers used a pair of three-pointers to close to within 34-28 at the half. Rutgers cut the Hawk lead to 38-35 early in the second half before Jones connected on a three-pointer and made a layup to build the Hawks' lead back to 43-35. A three from Galloway and a layup by Justin Crosgile gave SJU a 50-40 edge at 12:47, its biggest of the half. Back-to-back Rutgers baskets cut the deficit to 62-61 at 4:19, but Jones Rutgers pulled within a point one more time, but again it was Jones who answered, with two free throws and a layup to give the Hawks a 68-63 edge at 2:58. A three-pointer at 1:14 by Charoy Bentley built the lead to 72-63 and the Hawks closed out the game with 4-of-5 foul shooting down the stretch. The game pitted SJU head coach Phil Martelli against his son Jimmy, who is an assistant at Rutgers, as well as against his former assistant coach Mike Rice, who is the Scarlet Knights' head coach. It marked the first time that the elder Martelli coached against one of his sons in a regular season game.
CLASSIC CHAMPS: Saint Joseph's was crowned as the champions of the Philly Hoop Group Classic, winning all three games against Norfolk State, Fairfield and Rutgers.
TOP ROOKIE: Langston Galloway earned Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week and Big 5 Player of the Week honors after his performance in the Fairfield and Rutgers wins. The freshman averaged 17.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists while shooting 82.3 percent (14-for-17) from the floor and 83.3 percent (5-for-6) from three-point range. He scored a season-best 20 points on 7-for-8 shooting in the win over Rutgers, handing out a game-high assists while committing just one turnover. In a road victory at Fairfield, Galloway led the Hawks with 15 points connecting on 7-of-9 shots from the floor while collecting five rebounds, three blocks and two steals. He is the first Hawk to receive a weekly honor this season.
ON CAMPUS: It's a rarity for the Hawks to play a city team on campus, but this game was scheduled for The DAC after Drexel played SJU last year in the inaugural game in Hagan Arena. Saint Joseph's has not played on Drexel's campus since Dec. 14, 1992 but has won 10 in a row here.
REUNION NIGHT: Tonight's game pits Drexel coach Bruiser Flint against his alma mater and also former teammate, SJU assistant coach Geoff Arnold. Flint and Arnold were members of the Hawks' squad that captured the 1986 Atlantic 10 Championship, with Phil Martelli as an assistant coach. Arnold spent 10 seasons as an assistant at Drexel before returning to Hawk Hill in 2008-09.
KEY TO THE CITY: SJU went 2-3 last year against city teams defeating Drexel, Penn and La Salle and losing to Villanova and to Temple twice.
JONES-IN': Leading scorer Carl Jones has recorded double-figures in all five games and has a streak of seven games dating back to last year. The sophomore is the Hawks' top free-throw shooter, converting 84.2 percent, which included an 11-for-12 effort in the win over Norfolk State. Jones made 8-for-8 from the line in the final 1:03 to preserve the win.
FROM THE LINE: The Hawks lead the Atlantic 10 in free throw percentage, hitting 74.1 percent. SJU has seven players hitting 70 percent or better. Langston Galloway is 8-for-8 from the line while Carl Jones is hitting 84.2 percent.
BLOCK PARTY: Freshman C.J. Aiken had six blocks in the second half in the win at Fairfield, which was the highest total for a Hawk since Ahmad Nivins had the same number at UMass on Jan. 9, 2008. Langston Galloway added three in the game as the Hawks totalled 11 blocks, which was the most since they had 10 vs. Syracuse on Nov. 13, 2007. Aiken is averaging 2.8 per game and ranks second in the Atlantic 10 and 21st in the nation.
LOOKING AHEAD: The Hawks are in the midst of a tough stretch with three road games in five days. After tonight, SJU visits #12 Villanova on Friday and is at Princeton on Sunday. SJU returns home on Dec. 8 to host #15 Minnesota.