Feb. 15, 2007
OLEAN, NY - Saint Joseph's (15-10; 7-4 A-10) will go on the road for the first time in nearly three weeks when it travels to St. Bonaventure (6-18; 3-8) on Saturday, Feb. 17. Game time at the Reilly Center is 4 p.m.
The game will be broadcast on WFIL (560 AM) with Matt Martucci and Joe Lunardi calling the action. Audio streaming will also be available on www.sjuhawks.com.
GAME NOTES This is Saint Joseph's first game outside of Philadelphia in close to three weeks. The Hawks had a string of six in a row in the city beginning on Jan. 27, and compiled a 4-2 record. The Hawks have won back-to-back games for the first time since early January, when they had a season-best four-game winning streak. Darrin Govens has made consecutive starts, notching double figures in both games for an average of 15.5 points. Ahmad Nivins ranks second in the Atlantic 10 in field goal percentage, and 15th in the nation, with his percentage of 62.0. Pat Calathes leads the A-10 in defensive rebounds (6.45) in conference games only. Saint Joseph's ranks second in the Atlantic 10 in scoring defense (67.3).
DOWN THE HOMESTRETCH: This is the time of year when Phil Martelli's teams are generally at their best, exemplified by some strong runs into the postseason. In fact, counting the last six games of the regular season in the past four years, Martelli's teams are a combined 20-4 (21-4 counting this season). In both 2005-06 and 2004-05, the squads won five of the last six regular-season contests. In 2003-04, they were unbeaten, and in 2002-03, the Hawks went 4-2. Last year, Saint Joseph's was 10-11 and despite losing at Temple on Feb. 14, won five in a row to enter the A-10 Tournament with a 15-12 record. SJU increased its winning streak to eight consecutive to reach the conference championship game.
MAKING HIS START: Darrin Govens has made two consecutive starts, replacing Jawan Carter. Govens responded with 15 points on 5-for-10 shooting against La Salle and then had 16 points, hitting a career-best 4-of-7 3-pointers in the win over GW.
IN THE BOOKS: Pat Calathes made his first three foul shots against GW to set a new record of 38 consecutive free throws, breaking the mark of 37 by Delonte West in 2003-04. When Calathes missed a shot with 5:05 to play, it was his first miss since Jan. 13 (9 games). The missed free throw actually turned out well as Ahmad Nivins rebounded it, scored on the putback, was fouled and converted the free throw to give the Hawks a 53-52 lead. Calathes' first foul shot started a 10-0 game deciding run that allowed SJU to take a 59-52 lead with 2:37 remaining.
HOLDING ON: The Hawks have had a knack for losing late leads this season, so when they went ahead 59-52 at the 2:37 mark vs. GW, it was anybody's guess what would happen. Despite the Colonials scoring four straight points to close within 59-56 at 2:06, SJU's defense took over and held GW without another basket the rest of the way. Garrett Williamson had two big defensive rebounds and Darrin Govens made two free throws to give SJU a 61-56 cushion.
PACK YOUR BAGS: That's what the Hawks have done for the first time in almost three weeks as they closed out a a six-game stretch in Philadelphia on Wednesday against GW. This stretch, which began on Jan. 27, included three games at the Fieldhouse, two at the Palestra and one just seven miles away at Villanova. They'll keep their bags packed as this is the start of a string of three of four road games.