Nov. 29, 2009
PHILADELPHIA - After almost a week layoff, the Saint Joseph's men's basketball team will return to action on Monday, November 30 at Rider. Game time at Alumni Gymnasium is 7 p.m., while the game can be seen on The Comcast Network.
Scott Graham and Donyell Marshall will call the action on TCN (formerly CN8), while the Saint Joseph's broadcast team of Matt Martucci and Joe Lunardi will broadcast the game on the internet at SJUHawks.com, with free streaming audio provided by Stretch Internet.
GAME NOTES: Saint Joseph's went 1-2 and earned fourth place in the 2009 Paradise Jam in St. Thomas. The Hawks have not played since returning to the mainland on Nov. 24. Carl Jones was named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week on Nov. 22 as he averaged 17.5 points in wins over Holy Cross and Boston College. The DePaul game marked the 450th career game coached by Phil Martelli. The Hawk mentor is now 281-169 in his 15 seasons. Phil Martelli is in his 15th season as head coach and his 25th at the University. Martelli served as an assistant coach for 10 years on the staffs of Jim Boyle and John Griffin. Saint Joseph's is celebrating the Centennial of SJU Basketball this year, as the inaugural season took place in 1909-10.
THIS DATE IN HAWK HISTORY: November 30, 1980 - SJU opened the 1980-81 season with a 76-62 win over Scranton at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse. The win was the first of six in a row for the Hawks, who would go on to post a 25-8 record under coach Jim Lynam. That squad ended up shocking the college basketball world with its 49-48 upset of top-ranked DePaul in the NCAA Second Round.
LAST TIME OUT: Will Walker scored 25 points to lead DePaul to a 58-51 over Saint Joseph's in the consolation game of the Paradise Jam. Darrin Govens scored 16 points for Saint Joseph's, Garrett Williamson added 10 and Charoy Bentley hit for a career-best nine points. After trailing the entire second half, the Hawks forged a 49-49 tie with 2:54 to play. DePaul led 53-51, but the Hawks missed on two shots on their next possession and Walker hit two free throws to put DePaul up, 55-51 with 23 seconds to play. Williamson drove and missed the layup on the Hawks' next possession and saw DePaul ice the game with free throws at :08 to play. DePaul led by as much as 11 points in the first half and had a 34-24 lead at halftime. Walker led the way, hitting 5-of-9 shots, with 3-of-4 3-pointers.
TOURNAMENT TOTALS: Garrett Williamson was the Hawks' leading scorer in the three games of the Paradise Jam, as he averaged 13.3 points and shot 54.5 percent (12-for-22) from the field. Darrin Govens was the only other Hawk in double figures with an 11.7 average. As a team, the Hawks converted 42.4 percent from the field but just 66.7 percent from the foul line.
DAZZLING DEBUT: Freshman Carl Jones was named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week for Nov. 22 as he averaged 17.0 in two wins. The 5-11 guard has come off the bench and scored double figures in three of four games, with a high of 18 vs. Holy Cross. Jones hit three 3-pointers against Boston College, while tallying 16 points. Physically, Jones may be slight, but Phil Martelli praised the freshman after the Holy Cross win, saying, "He's got a big ticker. At the end of games, guys need to be willing to miss a shot, not just take a shot. And he's willing to do that. And that bodes well."
IN FINE COMPANY: The Paradise Jam provided the Hawks with top-notch competition at such an early date, as they played teams from the ACC, the Big Ten and the Big East.
TURNING IT OVER: Turnovers have plagued the Hawks and they had a season-high 23 in the loss to Purdue. SJU had 19 in the season opener against Drexel and is now averaging 15.2 per game.
STEADY AS THEY COME: Senior Garrett Williamson showed true leadership down the stretch against Boston College as he tallied 10 in the final two minutes, including 7-of-8 free throws.
HOT HAND: Darrin Govens definitely had it in the second half of the BC win, as he hit three of his game-high four 3-pointers in a span of six minutes. Govens tops the team with 15 3-pointers made this year.
CLOSE CALLS: After three games with a combined victory margin of seven points, the Hawks suffered a 25-point loss to #7 Purdue.
NOT HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS: Despite having a new building as its homecourt, Saint Joseph's will not play again in Hagan Arena until December 20. The Hawks have two straight on the road (Rider, Cornell) and then host rival Villanova at their `home away from home', the Palestra on December 9. Then the Hawks will visit nationally-ranked Minnesota on December 12 before taking a break for final exams and returning to Hagan Arena on December 20 to host Lehigh.
FROM THE LINE: The Hawks are converting 71 percent from the foul line, but only managed a 68 percent effort in the three games of the Paradise Jam. Seniors Darrin Govens and Garrett Williamson are shooting 75 percent on the season with Chris Prescott hitting 77.8 percent.
WAITING IN THE WINGS: Justin Crosgile could make his debut this evening after recovering from a torn ligament in his left thumb. The freshman underwent surgery on October 9 to repair the ligament and was expected to miss six to eight weeks. He was cleared on November 16 to begin full practice and although has been dressed on the bench since the Holy Cross game, has not seen action yet. He is possible for this evening's game.
LOOKING AHEAD: The Hawks travel to Cornell on Sunday, Dec. 6 and then return to Philadelphia to host rival Villanova on December 9 at The Palestra.