Saint Joseph's University Statement Regarding Tuesday's Game at Temple
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  02/23/2005

Feb. 23, 2005

PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's University acknowledges the formal statements and actions taken by Temple University following Tuesday's Atlantic 10 basketball game between the two schools.

The presidents, athletic directors and head coaches exchanged telephone calls today.

"I spoke twice today with President Adamany and am grateful for his personal involvement in this matter," stated University President Timothy R. Lannon, S.J. "I applaud the composure of Saint Joseph's student-athletes, coaches and fans for their restraint under difficult circumstances. I'm also delighted with what this team has accomplished this season."

"My first concern is for the health of John Bryant and all of our players," said Saint Joseph's head coach Phil Martelli. "It's appropriate that the presidents and athletic directors are involved now and until this situation is resolved. I will have no additional comment on this matter as the focus should be on what this team has and can achieve."

John Bryant, a senior forward who was injured in the second half of Tuesday's game, had his right elbow x-rayed today. He will go for additional MRI testing on Thursday. His status is highly doubtful for Saturday's game at Rhode Island.

There will be no additional comments from Saint Joseph's officials at this time.

Saint Joseph's, which clinched at least a tie for its fifth consecutive regular-season title, returns to action on Saturday, February 26, at Rhode Island. The game will be televised nationally by ESPN.