Jan. 12, 2007
PHILADELPHIA - The Saint Joseph's men's basketball team (10-5; 3-0 A-10), winner of its last four in a row, hosts Rhode Island (9-8; 2-1) on Saturday, Jan. 13 at 2 p.m. at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse.
The game will be televised locally on Comcast SportsNet, and also on Cox New England. Tom McCarthy and John Griffin will call the action on the television broadcast while Scott Graham and Joe Lunardi will team up on the Saint Joseph's radio broadcast, which can be heard on WFIL (560 AM), or via audio streaming on www.sjuhawks.com.
A WIN TODAY... : A win today would give the Hawks their best A-10 start (4-0) since the 2004-05 squad won its first four conference games. It would also be the longest winning streak (5) since the Hawks won eight in a row at the end of last season.
KEEPING THE RESOLUTIONS: If the Hawks made a list of New Year's resolutions, they certainly seem to be keeping them. Here are the numbers that have led to three straight conference wins, with a comparison to the games prior to Jan. 3: A-10 Games Non-Conference Scoring 81.3 63.8 Scoring Defense 59.3 61.2 FG% 54.3% 35.4% 3-pt FG% 53.7% 45.7% FT% 85.2% 69.5% Rebounds 35.0 31.6 Turnovers 11.0 16.6 Assists 19.0 11.8
SCORING MACHINE: SJU's scoring average of 81.3 points in conference games even has Phil Martelli scratching his head. "The scoring has me absolutely flabbergasted. It's like overnight there's a confidence level. I don't know where it came from... They carry themselves differently... The shooting has been a surprise to me all year." The last time the Hawks had 75 points or more for three games in a row was a six-game string in the middle of SJU's 27-0 regular season in 2003-04.
ON FIRE: Phil Martelli is pleasantly surprised with the way the Hawks have been shooting the ball as of late, with the team hitting 54.3 percent from the field and 53.7 from 3-point range in the past three games. Martelli sees the shooting percentages as a direct correlation to the Hawks taking better care of the ball, limiting themselves to 11 turnovers per game. This is a decrease from the 16.6 per game they were averaging before the conference season began.
PHIL'S FOUR FRESHMEN: With all due respect to other standout groups of freshmen across the country, the Hawks' four guards have started to come into their own and make an impact. At Temple, Jawan Carter, Garrett Williamson, D.J. Rivera and Darrin Govens had collectively, one of their best games so far. Rivera and Govens provided a spark off the bench and combined for 15 points in the first as the Hawks came back from an early deficit. Williamson and Rivera shut down Temple's leading scorer Dionte Christmas, limiting him to nine points. Carter ran the offense and scored nine points while handing out four assists.
THE BIG THREE: The Hawks are getting balanced scoring and have had their three leading scorers Ahmad Nivins, Rob Ferguson and Pat Calathes provide 58.8 percent of the offense. In fact, there have been seven games this year in which all three have notched double figures, and the Hawks have won six of those contests.