Feb. 13, 2006
PHILADELPHIA - After back-to-back losses to Top 10 teams, Saint Joseph's will look to get back on the winning track when it visits crosstown rival Temple on Tuesday, Feb. 14. The game from the Liacouras Center will be televised nationally on ESPN2 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are still available for the game by contacting the SJU Ticket Office at 610-660-1712.
SJU fell short in its upset bid of #8 George Washington on Saturday, losing 64-62. The Hawks are 10-11 and 4-6 in the Atlantic 10. Temple enters the game with a 13-5 record and 6-5 league mark.
The Hawks have won seven consecutive games against the Owls, including a 59-57 win on January 8 when Rob Ferguson hit the winning basket with 2.2 seconds to play.
The game will also be broadcast on the Saint Joseph's Sports Network on SportsTalk 950 (WPEN-AM) with Tom McCarthy and Joe Lunardi calling the action.
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SAINT JOSEPH'S NOTES: SURE SHOTS: One thing consistent with this year's Hawks has been the free throw shooting, and at the beginning of last week, SJU led the nation with 78.9 percent, just ahead of Gonzaga (78.8). The team's performance (78.5%) is a definite improvement from last year when SJU hovered around the 50 to 60 percent mark at the line. Abdulai Jalloh is the team's leader at 80.8 percent, with four of five starters converting 75 percent or better, and two of them hitting better than 80 percent. The Hawks used it to their advantage against La Salle, hitting a season-high 33 of 39 free throws.
MALLON'S RETURN: Dave Mallon returned to the starting lineup against GW after missing two games with a sprained ankle. Despite being limited to 19 minutes, Mallon scored 12 points on 6-for-8 shooting, and played aggressively on both ends of the floor.
RUN-DOWN: The Hawks are coming off consecutive games in which Top 10 teams (Villanova, GW) made double-digit runs in the second half. But they weren't the only games this year in which that's happened. Against Xavier, the Hawks held a 29-22 halftime lead but saw XU go on a 15-5 run to eventually take the edge and the 62-58 win. In another home game against Charlotte, SJU led 31-24 at the break, but the 49ers outscored the Hawks, 17-7, to earn the 57-50 win.
IRON MAN: Dwayne Lee has been forced to carry a heavy load as the Hawks' point guard this year. He's averaging a team-high 37.5 minutes per game, has been called on to play all 40 minutes eight times (including two consecutive) and has seen 39 minutes of action in four games. In fact, out of 840 possible minutes in the 21 games, Lee has played 788 of them, or 93 percent. Whether the playing time is wearing on Lee remains to be seen, but in the last six games, he has 23 turnovers and 25 assists. Last year, he was among the league's leaders in assist/turnover ratio with 2.0, but currently ranks seventh in the A-10 with a ratio of 1.73.
ACADEMIC ALL-STAR: Chet Stachitas has been named to ESPN the Magazine's Academic All-District 2 Team, as selected by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America). It marks the second year in a row that Stachitas has earned the honor and he is now a candidate for Academic All-America status. The senior is a marketing major with a 3.24 GPA, and this year was named to Alpha Sigma Nu, the national Jesuit honor society.