Nov. 16, 2007
BOSTON, MA - The Saint Joseph's men's basketball team (1-1) will look to bounce back from Tuesday's tough loss at Syracuse when it travels to Boston University (1-1) on Saturday, November 17. Game time at the Agganis Arena is 7 p.m.
The game will be televised on CN8, the Comcast Network. The Saint Joseph's Sports Network team of Tom McCarthy and Joe Lunardi will broadcast the game on WNTP (990 AM). Streaming audio will also be available on www.sjuhawks.com free of charge as provided by Stretch Internet.
GAME NOTES This will be the third meeting of the teams in the last two years. SJU received four votes in this week's ESPN/USA Today Top 25 poll. This marks Saint Joseph's first game in Boston since the early part of the 2003-04 season. The Hawks have a balanced scoring effort with four players in double figures, led by Pat Calathes with his 21.0 ppg average. Tasheed Carr has registered 21 assists in his first two games in an SJU uniform.
LAST TIME OUT: The Hawks fell, 72-69, at Syracuse in a back-and-forth contest in the 2007 NIT Season Tip-Off. Pat Calathes' 3-point play tied it at 24.5 seconds, but Syracuse's Jonny Flynn hit a game-winning 3-pointer with 5.3 seconds to go. The Hawks got off to a flying start, running up a 12-0 lead before Syracuse scored its first basket six minutes into the game. Syracuse came back and held a 33-30 lead at halftime, but started the second half with a 12-3 run. The Orange opened a 45-33 lead but SJU went on a 10-point run to cut the deficit to 45-43 with 15:18 left. A putback by Rob Ferguson gave the Hawks a 50-48 lead but Syracuse answered with eight straight points. Trailing by 63-56 with 4:50, the Hawks fought back and tied it at 68-68 at :25 on Calathes' follow and free throw. That set the stage for Flynn's gamewinner. Tasheed Carr was fouled at :02 and after making the first free throw, intentionally missed the second but SJU couldn't grab the rebound. Calathes finished with 22, Darrin Govens had a career-high 22 points and Carr scored 13 points, while Ahmad Nivins was limited to three points, taking only four shots. WE DON'T LOVE NEW YORK: The Hawks have experienced some heartbreaking endings in games played in the state of New York and the metropolitan area. The loss to Syracuse was just another as the Orange hit the game-winning 3-pointer with 5.3 seconds to play. Here are the other last-second losses in recent years: at Fordham, 1/17/07 (56-55 ot) - game-winner at 4 seconds vs. Hofstra at Madison Square Garden, 12/28/06 (65-63)- game-winner at 2.2 seconds vs. South Carolina in NIT Final at MSG, 3/31/05 (60-57)- game-winner at 1.3 seconds vs. Oklahoma State in NCAA East Regional Final in East Rutherford, NJ, 3/27/04 (64-62) - game-winner at 6.9 seconds
PAT'S POINTS: Pat Calathes started off the year with two 20-plus point efforts to lead the Hawks in scoring in both games. He now has eight career games in which he's scored 20 or more points.
LONG-RANGE THREAT: Darrin Govens has established himself as the early long-range threat for the Hawks, hitting eight 3-pointers in the first two games. Govens made six against Syracuse and scored a career-high 22 points. He is now shooting 44 percent from behind the arc, having converted 38.3 percent last season.
DAZZLING DEBUT: Philadelphia native Tasheed Carr had a sparkling debut with the Hawks after sitting out 2006-07 upon his transfer from Iowa State. Against FDU, he had 11 points and 12 assists, just two shy of the SJU record. He followed that up with another solid performance against Syracuse with 13 points, nine assists and six rebounds. The 6-4 guard averaged 5.8 points and 2.2 rebounds as Iowa State's sixth man in 2005-06, and was named to the Big 12 All-Bench Team. Carr attended University City H.S., but then graduated from Mt. Zion Academy in North Carolina. Carr has two years of eligibility at SJU.
NOT NIVINS-TYPE NUMBERS: Ahmad Nivins only had four shots against Syracuse as the Hawks couldn't get him the ball against the SU zone. He registered just three points and five rebounds. His action was also limited to just 12 minutes in the first half after picking up two fouls. That was the lowest total for the junior since he had six points against St. Bonaventure on February 17, 2007.
OFF TARGET: The Hawks' free-throw shooting isn't up to par yet as they've hit just 65.5 percent from the line. SJU was only 10-for-15 from the line against Syracuse, with the usually "automatic" Pat Calathes missing three in the game. Last year Saint Joseph's converted 72.3 percent, led by Calathes' 84.6 percent.
LOOKING AHEAD: Because of scheduling for the NIT, the Hawks do not play again until November 27, the home opener against Ball State. That starts a stretch of four games in eight days, with all of them in Philadelphia.