Jan. 25, 2011
PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's will face La Salle in a Big 5 and Atlantic 10 matchup on Thursday evening, January 27, at The Palestra. Game time is 7 p.m. The game was postponed from Wednesday due to the winter storm.
Tickets are still available by calling 610-660-1712.
The Saint Joseph's Sports Network broadcast of the game will be available on SJUHawks.com, with Matt Martucci and Joe Lunardi calling the action. The audio stream is available free of charge. Click here to listen.
GAME NOTES: C.J. Aiken ranks second in the nation in blocked shots and is the highest ranked freshman and only first-year player in the top 20. He leads the Atlantic 10 with 3.8 per game and 5.2 in conference games only. Leading scorer Carl Jones has scored double figures in 17 of 18 games this year, with seven games of 20-plus points. Freshman Langston Galloway tops the Atlantic 10 in free throw percentage, hitting 94.2 percent. Senior Idris Hilliard needs seven points to reach 800 for his career. Phil Martelli is in his 16th year as Saint Joseph's head coach, and his 26th year on Hawk Hill. The coach needs six wins to reach 300 for his career, and will coach his 500th game with five more. He also owns the most Atlantic 10 wins among active coaches, with 146. SJU is fielding its youngest team ever under Phil Martelli with two seniors, one junior, four sophomores and five freshmen, and a starting lineup of three freshmen, which is the most ever under Martelli. This is the second of three consecutive games for SJU at The Palestra, but only two are Big 5 contests. SJU's game with Temple on Saturday will not count in the Big 5 standings, but the Feb. 20 game at Temple will be the City Series contest. Saturday's game with Temple will be the annual Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Awareness game, in which the coaching staffs will be wearing sneakers.
AST TIME OUT: Tyler Bernardini scored 27 points to lead Penn to a 73-61 win over Saint Joseph's in a Big 5 game at The Palestra. Freshman Ronald Roberts scored a season-high 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds, in the first start of his career, replacing C.J. Aiken, who had the flu during the week. Idris Hilliard had 13 points, Carl Jones scored 12 and Daryus Quarles scored 11 points for the Hawks. The game remained close throughout, in typical Big 5 fashion, and it wasn't until 3:22 that Penn started to break it open, 65-56, on a three-pointer. A 4-for-4 effort from the foul line in the final 1:12 preserved the Penn win. Despite going for seven minutes in the second half without a field goal, Saint Joseph's remained close. The drought started after Aiken hit a jumper at 11:29 to pull SJU within 47-46, From there, the Hawks would rely on seven free throws from Jones and two from Hilliard to trail by only 58-54, before Langston Galloway connected on a jumper at 4:39, as Penn led, 60-56. The teams traded leads in the first half and Penn edged ahead, 30-28, at halftime. Roberts made an impact as a starter and ignited the crowd twice with two dunks, the second a spectacular follow off a missed shot.
BRAGGING RIGHTS: SJU is 0-2 in the Big 5 this year, having lost to Villanova and Penn. SJU has won a total of 19 Big 5 titles (9 outright/10 shared), which is third all-time to Temple's 25 titles (6/19 shared).
KEY TO THE CITY: The Hawks are 0-3 this year against city teams after losses to Drexel, Villanova and Penn.
1500 CLUB: With two more victories, Saint Joseph's will reach 1,500 wins in the program's history. The Hawks currently own a 1,498-1,001 record in 102 seasons. SJU will become one of 35 programs to reach the plateau, joining an impressive list of basketball programs.
MARTELLI MILESTONES: Head coach Phil Martelli is closing in on a few milestones. Here's the numbers he needs to reach those marks: 300 career victories - needs 6 150 Atlantic 10 victories - needs 4 500 games coached - needs 5 Martelli will join an exclusive group of head coaches in A-10 history that have recorded 300 wins - John Chaney of Temple had 516 while Gale Catlett of West Virginia notched 333 for West Virginia (1979-95).
REJECTION NOTICE: Freshman C.J. Aiken continues to make his presence known in the middle with his talent for blocking shots, averaging 3.8 overall and 5.2 in A-10 games. The freshman had a season-high nine against GW, with seven in the first half alone, to go along with 15 points. Earlier this season he had six at Fairfield, which was the highest total for a Hawk since Ahmad Nivins had the same number at UMass on Jan. 9, 2008. Aiken had also notched seven at Villanova and seven vs. Rhode Island. The school record for blocks in a game is 12 by all-time leader Rodney Blake against Cleveland State on Dec. 2, 1987. Phil Martelli said, "C.J. has become more of a presence defensively. When you can walk out as a freshman with nine blocks that's something. But we have to get more than face-up jumpers. We have to get some baskets when he outruns people. It's a bright future but we just need it to be today."
BLOCK PARTY: Led by C.J. Aiken, the Hawks top the Atlantic 10 in blocks per game, with 5.7 overall and 7.0 in league games. Aiken ranks second in the nation this week while Saint Joseph's ranks 14th. The school record for blocked shot average in a season is 3.8 by Rodney Blake (1985-86) and 5.7 by the 1985-86 team.
FLYING START: Ronald Roberts made the first start of his career against Penn, replacing C.J. Aiken, who had battled the flu during the week. Roberts energized the Hawks and hit for a career-high 14 points on 7-for-12 shooting, including two spectacular dunks, while grabbing eight rebounds. Aiken played 20 minutes and blocked three shots.
LEAGUE LEADERS: Two of the Hawks' freshmen find themselves leading the Atlantic 10 in two categories. Langston Galloway tops the A-10 in free throw percentage in overall (92.7) and conference games (1.000). C.J. Aiken ranks first in blocked shots overall (3.7) and A-10 games (5.2).
DYNAMIC DUO: Carl Jones and C.J. Aiken combined to score 29 of the Hawks' 37 points in the first half against Rhode Island. Aiken shot 5-for-6 from the field and scored 12 points. Jones scored 17 points and had the Hawks' final seven points of the half as SJU took the halftime lead. He finished the game with 25 points. . IN FINE COMPANY: With his 11.3 scoring average, Langston Galloway is the Hawks' highest scoring freshman since Jameer Nelson averaged 12.5 ppg in 2000-01. Galloway is also the only frosh since Nelson to average double figures. The SJU scoring record for a freshman is 18.8 points per game by Bernard Blunt in 1990-91.
JONES-IN': Carl "Tay" Jones has recorded double-figures in 18 of 19 games and has scored 20-plus points seven times, including a career-best 29 points vs. Minnesota. He had a 13-game scoring streak, which dated back to last year, come to an end at Holy Cross. Jones leads the Hawks with his 17.5 scoring average, while ranking sixth in the A-10. He is also averaging the most field goal attempts on the squad, taking 13 shots per game.
BREAKING POINT: The Hawks have scored 61 points or less in each of the last four games, and in seven of the last eight games. SJU has only hit the 70-point mark seven times this season, with the highest point total being 79 in an early-season win over Norfolk State.
CAUSE FOR CONCERN: Second leading scorer Langston Galloway has struggled in the past four games, shooting just 7-for-29 (24%) from the field and averaging 5.7 points. The freshman continues to lead the Hawks in FT percentage and in rebounding (6.1).
TAKING IT TO THE HOOP: Carl Jones has been able to generate offense both from the perimeter and inside the lane as 100 of his 333 points have come from the foul line. Jones is averaging seven free throws per game, but has double-digit free throw attempts in five contests this year.
DOUBLED UP: Freshman Ronald Roberts recorded the Hawks' first double-double of the season against Duquesne when he had then career-highs of 13 points and 10 rebounds in 26 minutes off the bench. Roberts also blocked a personal best three shots while going 5-for-7 from the foul line. The freshman had four points, three rebounds and three blocks during a 13-1 run that saw the Hawks pull within 11 points. Idris Hilliard had the fourth double-double of his career, and first this season, with 13 points and 10 rebounds against Rhode Island.
LOOKING AHEAD: Saint Joseph's closes out its three-game stand at The Palestra when it hosts Temple on Saturday at an early start time of 11 a.m., with the broadcast on ESPNU. The Hawks will go back on the road to visit Richmond on Feb. 2.