SJU Hosts Fordham on Wednesday in First of Two Straight at Fieldhouse
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  02/21/2006

Feb. 21, 2006

PHILADELPHIA - The Saint Joseph's men's basketball team will play back-to-back games at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse for the first time this season, beginning with Wednesday's (Feb. 22) game with Fordham. Tip-off is 7 p.m. for the contest which will be televised locally by CN8.

The Hawks (11-12; 5-7) close out the regular-season home schedule on Saturday when Richmond visits the Fieldhouse at noon for "Senior Day". Fans are also reminded that the Atlantic 10 Tournament in Cincinnati is just around the corner and ticket brochures will be available at the Fieldhouse this week.

Saint Joseph's and Fordham (12-13; 7-5) will be meeting for the first time this season.

The game will also be broadcast on the Saint Joseph's Sports Network with Tom McCarthy and Joe Lunardi calling the action.

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NO PLACE LIKE HOME: Strangely enough, this is the first time all season that the Hawks are playing back-to-back games in Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse. Saturday's contest with Richmond marks the final regular-season home game and will be "Senior Day". SJU has had just seven games here on campus, but played three "home" games at the Palestra. The Hawks are 2-3 this season in the Fieldhouse and will be looking to avoid a sub-.500 record on their homecourt, something which hasn't happened since 1997-98.

HOME LOSSES: The loss to GW was Saint Joseph's third at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse this season, and only the fifth loss on campus in the past four years. Entering this season, the Hawks owned a 30-2 record in the building since 2002-03, and that record is now 32-5. It marked the first time since the 1998-99 season that SJU has lost consecutive games in the Fieldhouse and the first time since 1999-00 that SJU has lost more than two games in the Fieldhouse.

CHARTING CHET: Chet Stachitas enters the game with 994 points and needs just six to become the 44th player in Hawk history to reach the 1,000-point plateau. He will also become the fourth player to reach the milestone in four consecutive years, matching Pat Carroll (2005), Delonte West (2004), Jameer Nelson (2003).

FOR THE DEFENSE: Phil Martelli cited the Hawks' defensive effort and effort on the glass as the keys to the Rhode Island win. "The defensive effort was outstanding and that's what this team has done all year, they pay attention to the defensive game plan. And that enables us because we are limited on offense. We had five double figure scorers for the first time all year, but really I lean on the defensive effort."

SEEING DOUBLE: The URI game marked the first time all season that the Hawks had five players in double figures, and in fact, it was all five starters. Rob Ferguson and Dwayne Lee had 11 points each while the Abdulai Jalloh, Chet Stachitas and Dave Mallon had 10.