Jan. 18, 2011
PHILADELPHIA - After a two-game road trip, the Saint Joseph's men's basketball team (5-12; 0-4) returns home on Wednesday, January 19, to host Rhode Island (11-6; 2-1). Game time at Hagan Arena is 7 p.m.
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GAME NOTES: 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 seven more. He also owns the most Atlantic 10 wins among active coaches, with 146. C.J. Aiken ranks fourth in the nation in blocked shots and is the only freshman ranked in the top 30. He leads the Atlantic 10 with 3.65 per game and 4.7 in conference games only. Leading scorer Carl Jones has scored double figures in 16 of 17 games this year, with five games of 20-plus points. Freshman Langston Galloway tops the Atlantic 10 in free throw percentage, hitting 94.4 percent. SJU is fielding its youngest team ever under Phil Martelli with two seniors, one junior, four sophomores and five freshmen. The starting lineup has included three freshmen, which is the most ever under Martelli. The Hawks are looking to snap their four-game losing streak which is the second longest skid of the year. Former SJU standout Rashid Bey will be inducted into the Philadelphia Big 5 Hall of Fame on Friday, Jan. 21. Bey (1994-98) was a two-time Big 5 MVP.
LAST TIME OUT: Dwayne Evans had 16 points and 14 rebounds to lead Saint Louis to a 67-51 win over Saint Joseph's at Chaifetz Arena. Ronald Roberts had seven rebounds for SJU.
1500 CLUB: With two more victories, Saint Joseph's will reach 1,500 wins in the program's history. The Hawks currently own a 1,498-999 record in 102 seasons. SJU will become one of 35 programs to reach the plateau, joining an impressive list.
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 7 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 3.65 overall and 4.7 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 in December. 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. We can't wait for it to be a year from now."
BLOCK PARTY: Led by C.J. Aiken, the Hawks top the Atlantic 10 in blocks per game, with 5.5 overall and 6.5 in league games. Aiken ranks fourth in the NCAA stats while Saint Joseph's is 21st as a team. 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.
HOME SWEET HOME: The Hawks are back in Hagan Arena for the first time since Jan. 8, after spending six days on the road last week. SJU has played in Philadelphia seven times this year, counting the game vs. Rutgers at The Palestra. The Hawks will be rewarded for their early-season travels as they will play all but two games in Philadelphia during the month of January. SJU is 2-4 this year at Hagan Arena.
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 (94.4) and conference games (1.000). C.J. Aiken ranks first in blocked shots overall (3.65) and A-10 games (4.7). IN FINE COMPANY: With his 12.1 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 15 of 16 games and has scored 20-plus points six 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 17.4 scoring average, while ranking fifth in the A-10. He is also averaging the most field goal attempts on the squad, taking 13.2 shots per game.
DOUBLED UP: Freshman Ronald Roberts recorded the Hawks' first double-double of the season against Duquesne when he had 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.
GIVING IT AWAY: After going four straight games with less than 10 turnovers, the Hawks fell victim to Duquesne's pressing defense and tied their season-high with 19 turnovers. SJU had recorded a season-low five turnovers against Siena on Dec. 31. The Hawks bounced back and committed only eight against both GW and Dayton, but then had 14 at Saint Louis. On the year the Hawks are averaging 12.2 per game while forcing 11.2 by the opponents.
LOOKING AHEAD: Saint Joseph's plays the first of three consecutive games at The Palestra on Saturday, when it takes on Penn. The Hawks will then face La Salle on Jan. 26 and Temple on Jan. 29 at the famed building.