Nov. 21, 2004
PHILADELPHIA - The Saint Joseph's men's basketball team will take to the court for the first time since last year's NCAA run on Tuesday, November 23, when the Hawks visit No. 2 Kansas in a nationally-televised contest on ESPN2. Game time is 9 p.m. Central time and 10 p.m. in the East.
Hawk fans have waited a long time for the debut of the 2004-05 squad, which comes on the heels of the most successful season in school history. SJU, led by NBA first-round draft picks Jameer Nelson and Delonte West, went 30-2, recorded a perfect regular season, attained the number-one spot in both the national rankings and the NCAA Tournament seeding, and made a run to the NCAA Elite Eight.
Last year's national Coach of the Year Phil Martelli has a much younger squad, but with a core group of players who have been a part of the success. Pat Carroll, John Bryant and Dwayne Jones are the returning starters, although Carroll's presence is questionable for the opener because of a dislocated shoulder.
Junior Dwayne Lee, who served as the understudy to Nelson and Tyrone Barley, during his two years, makes his debut at point guard. Freshman Abdulai Jalloh is expected to be the starting two-guard while Chet Stachitas will be ready to start if Carroll cannot go.
Kansas began the season as the nation's top-ranked team, but fell to the second spot in the polls of Nov. 22. Wake Forest assumed the number-one ranking.
The game can also be heard via the Saint Joseph's Sports Network on the WPEN Radio (950 AM) with Tom McCarthy and Joe Lunardi calling the action, or via the internet at www.sjuhawks.com.
After the holiday, the Hawks return to Philadelphia to host Davidson on Saturday, November 27 at The Palestra. Game time is 4 p.m.