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Counting Down the Most Memorable Games in the Fieldhouse
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  03/04/2008

March 4, 2008

PHILADELPHIA - Following the current basketball season, the renovation and expansion project for Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse will begin. As the final regular-season game in the Fieldhouse approaches on March 6, SJUHawks.com will provide a listing of some of the most memorable games in the 59-year history of Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse.

The following is the first installment, listed in chronological order:

November 26, 1949. Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse hosts its first college basketball game. Rhode Island defeats Saint Joseph's, 62-46.

February 4, 1953. Ed Garrity pours in 40 points in a 111-92 win over Rhode Island, setting a Fieldhouse scoring record that would last for nearly 50 years. Daughter Mary Sue Garrity scored 1,362 points for the Saint Joseph's women's team between 1974-78.

December 6, 1955. Saint Joseph's defeats Millersville, 76-60, in the Fieldhouse debut of new coach Jack Ramsay. The famed "Dr. Jack" went 232-72 in 11 seasons on Hawk Hill before going on to a Hall of Fame career in the NBA.

February 28, 1961. The Hawks nip Albright, 76-74, for win No. 12 in a then-school record 15-game winning streak. The streak ends with Saint Joseph's reaching the NCAA Final Four for the only time in school history.

December 7, 1965. In their final season together, all-time greats Jack Ramsay, Cliff Anderson, and Matt Goukas play only one Fieldhouse game (a 98-68 rout of Bellarmine). The 1965-66 season concludes the best two-year stretch in school history as the Hawks go 50-8, reached two NCAA regionals, and sweep the Big 5 twice.

January 17, 1974. The first Saint Joseph's women's basketball team, coached by Ellen Ryan, makes its debut against three-time national champion Immaculata. The Mighty Macs win easily, 59-24, but the Hawks finish their initial season with a 9-2 record.

February 5, 1974. In his final season as head coach, Jack McKinney's "grim, grisly, and gruesome" Hawks defeat Georgetown, 70-64. With prior year stars Mike Bantom and Pat McFarland gone, little is expected of a Saint Joseph's team that lands in the NCAA Tournament.

March 8, 1976. Women's basketball, with former Immaculata star Theresa Grentz coaching, defeats Rutgers, 80-52. The Hawks finish the season with an 18-3 record and place third in the AIAW national championship.

February 25, 1978. Under coach Rene Portland, another former Immaculata star, the women's team defeats No. 10 Montclair State, 85-76. It is the Hawks' third win over a Top 10 team at the Fieldhouse that season, which ends with another third-place showing in the AIAW national championship.

March 4, 1981. Coach Jim Lynam, playing without injured star Bryan Warrick, leads the Hawks to a 60-55 win over Temple in the East Coast Conference quarterfinals. Saint Joseph's would take the ECC crown at the Palestra and knock off top-ranked DePaul in the NCAA Tournament.

March 4, 1981. Coach Jim Lynam, playing without injured star Bryan Warrick, leads the Hawks to a 60-55 win over Temple in the East Coast Conference quarterfinals. Saint Joseph's would take the ECC crown at the Palestra and knock off top-ranked DePaul in the NCAA Tournament.

January 15, 1985.National coach of the year Jim Foster leads Saint Joseph's to a 71-63 win over No. 10 Penn State. The 25-5 Hawks win the most games in school history and reach the NCAA women's basketball championship for the first time.

February 27, 1986. Saint Joseph's defeats Penn State, 59-51, in an Atlantic 10 quarterfinal game. The Hawks go on to capture their first Atlantic 10 title at the Meadowlands and, behind A-10 Player of the Year Maurice Martin, advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

March 11, 1987. The women's basketball team wins the first NCAA Tournament game in program history, defeating South Alabama at the Fieldhouse, 67-56. All-America Dale Hodges leads the Hawks to two more NCAA homecourt triumphs in 1988 and 1989.

January 4, 1990. Philadelphia native Bo Kimble sets a new Fieldhouse record with 54 points, including a near-halfcourt shot at the buzzer, as Loyola Marymount nips the Hawks, 99-96. The game reunites former Hawk assistants Jim Boyle, coaching Saint Joseph's, and Paul Westhead for LMU.

February 4, 1991. First-year coach John Griffin leads an upset of Elite Eight-bound Temple, 66-60. It is believed to be the first time the Saint Joseph's student section ever stormed the court at the Fieldhouse.

February 25, 1993. Bernard Blunt, Rap Curry, and Carlin Warley combine for the most dramatic finish in Fieldhouse history. The Hawks go the length of the floor in the final 2.7 seconds and Blunt's jumper defeats George Washington, 74-73.

February 15, 1994.Reserve Kevin Connor hits two foul shots with no time left as the Hawks upset No. 10 Massachusetts, 81-80. This is the highest-ranked opponent ever defeated by Saint Joseph's in the Fieldhouse.

January 10, 1996.Three free throws by junior guard Terrell Myers with no time left send a game with No. 1 Massachusetts into overtime, but the Minutemen prevail, 94-89. Saint Joseph's next game against Arizona is cancelled when coach Lute Olsen refuses to fly cross-country to face the Hawks.

Keep checking this site as more games will be added. And vote on the Fan Poll for your favorite.