Dec. 26, 2010
WORCESTER, MASS. - The Saint Joseph's men's basketball team (3-8) will return to action on Tuesday, December 28 when the Hawks travel to Holy Cross (1-9). Game time at the Hart Center is 7 p.m.
The Saint Joseph's Sports Network broadcast of the game will be heard on WNTP Radio (990 AM) and will also available on SJUHawks.com, with Matt Martucci and Joe Lunardi calling the action. The audio stream is available free of charge. Click here to listen. The contest will also be televised in Massachusetts on WCTR.
GAME NOTES: The Hawks have lost six in a row after putting together a three-game winning streak earlier this season. The streak is the longest since a seven-game skid in 2008-09. Phil Martelli is in his 16th year as Saint Joseph's head coach, and his 26th year on Hawk Hill. The coach needs eight wins to reach 300 for his career, and the 24th game he coaches this year will be his 400th. Leading scorer Carl Jones has scored double figures in 13 straight games dating back to last season. He has notched 20-plus points in five of the last seven. Freshman C.J. Aiken ranked 12th in the nation in blocked shots at the start of this week and leads the Atlantic 10 with 3.1 per game. SJU is fielding its youngest team ever under Phil Martelli with two seniors, one junior, four sophomores and five freshmen. The opening day starting lineup included three freshmen, which is the most ever under Martelli. Senior Charoy Bentley missed the BU game after undergoing an appendectomy. He is questionable for this game. Tonight's game is part of the nationwide Jesuit Basketball Spotlight project, using Jesuit basketball to raise awareness of Jesuit education. Both Saint Joseph's and Holy Cross are Jesuit schools. The Hawks are 1-1 this year in the JBS, defeating Fairfield and losing to Creighton. The Hawks will return home and host Siena on New Year's Eve at Hagan Arena.
ONES-IN': Carl Jones has recorded double-figures in all 11 games and owns a streak of 13 games dating back to last year. He has scored 20-plus points in five of the last seven games, including a career-best 29 points vs. Minnesota. Jones leads the Hawks with his 18.8 scoring average, while ranking fifth in the A-10.
CHARTING CARL: As the days are getting colder, Carl Jones continues to heat up. In the five games of December, he has converted 46 percent (43-for-94) from the field and 44 percent (16-for-36) from 3-point range, while averaging 21.7 points per game. It's a drastic improvement from November when Jones shot just 37 percent from the field and 25 percent from beyond the arc. His November scoring average was 15.4 points per game. Jones has bettered his career-high in points (18 at the start of the year) three times with the highest being the 29-point performance against #22 Minnesota.
WHAT WAS HE THINKING?: Over the past few weeks, Phil Martelli has been asked questions about his scheduling and the Hawk coach has answered in the way that only he can. For example, he said that one of his coaching friends called him "nuts". Ending with the Creighton game, the Hawks played five games in 11 days, with all but one at home. Included in that stretch was two games against ranked teams - #12 Villanova and #22 Minnesota. SJU did get some rest after taking the traditional break for final exams, with a nine-day break in between the Creighton and Boston University games.
BACKCOURT BOOST: The backcourt of Carl Jones and Langston Galloway combined to score 50 of the Hawks' 73 points vs. Minnesota, while also totalling nine of the team's 13 assists and seven of the 10 steals. The duo made all nine of the team's 3-pointers and 14 of the 25 field goals. At Boston University, Jones and Galloway combined for 45 points and eight 3-pointers, with Galloway making six of them.
LEAGUE LEADERS: Two of the Hawks' freshmen are among the Atlantic 10's leaders in three categories (as of Dec. 23). Langston Galloway tops the league in free throw percentage (95.7) and assist/turnover ratio (3.0), while C.J. Aiken leads the A-10 in blocks (3.1).
JUST-IN TIME: Sophomore Justin Crosgile had his best game of the season at Creighton, hitting for 15 points. The guard went 5-for-8 from the field, while hitting 3-of-5 3-pointers. He combined with Carl Jones to go 11-of-22 from the field and 5-of-6 from the foul line for a combined 32 points. It marked Crosgile's first double-figure game of the year. Last season, Crosgile started the final 19 games of the year and averaged 6.7 points. He has come off the bench in all 11 contests this season.
OUT OF ACTION: Senior Charoy Bentley had an emergency appendectomy on Dec. 15 and will be sidelined for at least 10 days. His absence leaves the Hawks with 10 scholarship players. His status for the Holy Cross game is questionable. Todd O'Brien did not play at BU because of an ankle sprain. He is probable for the Holy Cross contest.
LOSING IT: The Hawks saw two substantial leads disappear at Boston University. SJU held a 9-point margin in the first half, but BU scored the final eight points of the period to close to 39-38 at halftime. Saint Joseph's built up a 12-point lead in the second half, but the home team used a 27-6 run over a nine-minute stretch in the period to earn the win. It was the largest lead lost this season by the Hawks.
THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS FRIGHTFUL: Saint Joseph's is seeking its first win in the month of December, having lost all six games. SJU was 3-2 in November.
BLOCK PARTY: Freshman C.J. Aiken had six blocks in the second half in the win at Fairfield, which was the highest total for a Hawk since Ahmad Nivins had the same number at UMass on Jan. 9, 2008. Langston Galloway added three in the game as the Hawks totalled 11 blocks, which was the most since they had 10 vs. Syracuse on Nov. 13, 2007. Aiken upped his season best with seven blocks at Villanova. He is averaging 3.1 per game to lead the Atlantic 10, and at the start of this week, was sixth in the nation.
LANGSTON'S LINE: Freshman Langston Galloway has been putting up solid all-around numbers for the Hawks. He recorded a season bests of 24 points at Boston University, while making 6-of-8 from 3-point range. He currently ranks second on the team in scoring, but leads the team in rebounding (5.3), assists (3.0), free throw percentage (95.7) and assist/turnover ratio (3.0), while also topping the A-10 in those last two categories.