Feb. 11, 2005
PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's men's basketball hosts Temple on Saturday, Feb. 12 at the Palestra in a crucial Atlantic 10 East matchup. Tip off is at noon for the contest which will be televised locally on Comcast SportsNet on the Atlantic 10 Television Network. The Hawks are currently in first place in the A-10 East with an 8-1 record, with Temple right behind at 7-2.
ABOUT THE HAWKS: The Hawks have won three of the last four games overall, but own a three-game Atlantic 10 winning streak. SJU is 11-9 overall and 8-1 in the Atlantic 10. Today's game does not count in the Big 5 standings - the Feb. 22 game at Temple is the City Series matchup.
ABOUT THE OWLS: Temple is also 11-9 overall, but is 7-2 in the conference. The Owls are coming off a 78-70 win over Dayton on Wednesday.
Televison/Radio: This is an Atlantic 10 Television Network broadcast which will be seen locally on Comcast SportsNet, with Scott Graham and John Griffin calling the action. The game will also be aired on ESPN Fullcourt; FSN-New York; FSN-OH; FSN-Pittsburgh; Comcast SportsNet-DC; and WGSR. The Saint Joseph's Sports Network will broadcast the game on WPEN Radio (950 AM) with the team of Tom McCarthy and Joe Lunardi. McCarthy is in his second year as play-by-play announcer and Lunardi is in his 15th as the Hawks' color analyst. The contest can also be heard via streaming audio on the Saint Joseph's website at www.sjuhawks.com and on Sirius Satellite Radio.
NEXT GAME: Wed., Feb. 16, vs. Richmond, Alumni Memorial FH, 8 p.m., CN8
LAST TIME OUT: A late rally by Saint Joseph's was not enough as the Hawks fell to #22 Villanova, 67-52, in the annual rivalry at the Palestra. The Hawks came out cold, making just 4-of-25 shots in the first half, but Villanova held only a 25-16 halftime lead as the Wildcats shot just 29 percent from the field. SJU went without a field goal from the 5:55 mark of the first half until 13:57 of the second, thus falling behind by 37-18. Pat Carroll missed his first 13 shots, but then got back on track, hitting three consecutive 3-pointers and scoring 13 of the Hawks' next 16 points to pull within 47-38. SJU could come no closer as VU's Jason Fraser scored five straight to build the lead back up to 52-40. Carroll scored his 1,000th career point on a free throw with 4:56 and finished the game with 16 points. Chet Stachitas also added 16 while Dwayne Jones had 11 rebounds.
EXCLUSIVE CLUB: Pat Carroll became the latest Hawk to join the 1,000-career point club, when he scored 16 points against Villanova. The senior entered the game needing 16 and reached the milestone with a free throw at 4:56 of the second half. Carroll is the 42nd player in school history to achieve the mark.
ANOTHER MILESTONE IN SIGHT: Pat Carroll is also on track to become the Hawks' all-time leader in 3-point field goals. Entering today's game, Carroll has 227 and needs just five 3-pointers to break Marvin O'Connor's record of 231. The senior will be in good company, with the top four on the list being O'Connor, Jameer Nelson (229) and Mark Bass (225).
MARTELLI'S MARK: The next conference win for the Hawks will be Phil Martelli's 100th in Atlantic 10 play as he enters today's game with a 99-54 record in the conference. He owns the second most victories in A-10 play among active coaches and ranks third on the A-10's all-time coaching list for conference regular season victories, behind Temple's John Chaney (284) and former West Virginia coach Gale Catlett (180).
ALWAYS FIRST: Today is a battle for first place in the Atlantic 10 East, with the Hawks at 8-1 and Temple at 7-2. Saint Joseph's has been in first place or in a tie for first for all but seven days this season. The loss to Dayton on Jan. 19 bumped the Hawks out of first place for a week. Prior to the Dayton loss, SJU's upperclassmen had only been out of first place in the Atlantic 10 for one day in four seasons - January 12, 2002. The Hawks have won four straight Atlantic 10 division crowns and are hoping to become the only team other than UMass to win five consecutive, as the Minutemen did it from 1991 to 1996.
LEAGUE MATTERS: SJU's solid play during the conference schedule shows in the A-10 stats. Here's how the Hawks rank in the A-10 in a few of the key categories for conference games only: Scoring Defense: 1st (53.9) Scoring Margin: 1st (+14.7) FG Pct: 2nd (.471) FG Pct. Defense: 2nd (.370) 3-point Pct: 1st (.418) 3-point FG Made: 2nd (8.5) Blocked Shots: 1st (6.3) Assist/Turnover Ratio: 2nd (1.15) Rebounding Defense: 1st (29.0) Rebounding Margin: 2nd (+6.4) Also, in conference games only, Pat Carroll is averaging 19.7 ppg and shooting 56.9 percent from 3-point range.