Feb. 5, 2008
PITTSBURGH, PA - Saint Joseph's (15-5; 6-1) will take its six-game winning streak on the road when it visits Duquesne (13-7; 3-4) on Wednesday evening at the Palumbo Center. Game time is 7 p.m.
The game will not be televised but the Saint Joseph's Sports Network team of Tom McCarthy and Joe Lunardi will broadcast the game on WNTP (990 AM). Streaming audio will also be available on www.sjuhawks.com free of charge as provided by Stretch Internet.
The Hawks are coming off a rousing 77-55 win over rival Villanova on Monday evening, which snapped the Wildcats' 14-game Big 5 winning streak.
GAME NOTES: The Hawks have won six in a row and 11 of their last 12 games. The winning streak is the longest of the season and the longest since an eight-game winning streak from mid-February to early March of 2006. Saint Joseph's received seven votes in this week's Associated Press Top 25. It is the first time this season that the Hawks have received votes. Ahmad Nivins will not play tonight after suffering a sprained right ankle in Monday's win over Villanova. The junior did not make the trip in order to receive treatment. This is the fourth game in eight days for the Hawks. Pat Calathes tops the Hawks in scoring (18.3 ppg) and rebounding (8.1) and is second in assists (2.5). He ranks sixth in the A-10 in scoring and third in rebounding. The Hawks are 46th in the RPI (collegerpi.com) as of Feb. 3.
LAST TIME OUT: Saint Joseph's rolled to a 77-55 win over rival Villanova in the standing-room only Palestra. The predominant Hawk crowd got the win they've been waiting four years for, as SJU snapped a three-game losing streak against the Wildcats. They also ended Villanova's 14-game Big 5 winning streak. Saint Joseph's jumped out to a 13-4 lead and never trailed in the contest. Villanova closed to within, 19-18, but the Hawks went on an 11-0 run and led by double digits the rest of the way. SJU's biggest margin in the game was 31 points with two minutes to go. The Hawks got 20 points each from Pat Calathes and Rob Ferguson, while Darrin Govens added 16 points. The Hawks shot 54.5 percent from the field in the first half and went 20-for-25 from the foul line in the game, while forcing 17 Villanova turnovers.
INJURY REPORT: Ahmad Nivins will not play tonight because of a sprained right ankle suffered in the win over Villanova. The junior did not make the trip to Pittsburgh in order to receive treatment. His status for the Xavier game will be determined later in the week.
THE 400: Tonight is the 400th game coached by Phil Martelli at Saint Joseph's. Only Bill Ferguson, SJU's all-time leader in wins (309) has coached more games (517) on Hawk Hill.
SENIOR LEADERSHIP: Pat Calathes and Rob Ferguson have upped their levels of play this season. At Temple, the seniors from Florida combined for 43 of the Hawks' 68 points. The duo also combined to shoot 15-for-23 (65.2%) from the field and 9-for-14 (64.2%) from 3-point range, led by Ferguson's 5-for-5 effort. Ferguson also had the assist on Calathes' game-winning 3-pointer with 3.9 seconds to play. The pair also had a big hand in the win over GW, combining for 36 points and 16 rebounds and then each scored 20 points in the win over rival Villanova. They have earned praise from Phil Martelli. "What we're seeing from our team is that our oldest guys- Pat and Rob - are performing at probably the highest levels of their careers," said the coach.
SIX STARTERS: The Hawks may not have a deep bench, but as Phil Martelli says, they "have six starters". Martelli's referring to Garrett Williamson as that sixth starter. The sophomore was a starter in all but one game in 2006-07 and he made four starts this year when Tasheed Carr was sidelined with the ankle injury.
PAT'S WEEK: Pat Calathes was named the Philadelphia Big 5 Player of the Week (Feb. 4) for the fourth time this year and second straight week. Calathes averaged 17.5 points and 6.0 rebounds in two wins, while shooting 12-for-20 from the field (60%) and 5-for-10 from 3-point range.The senior recorded his 1,000th career point in win over Fordham, becoming 46th player in Hawk history to do so. He scored 14 points in the contest. At GW, he scored a game-high 21 points and had 10 rebounds for his sixth double-double of the season.
PROGRAMMING CHANGE: Because of a programming conflict, the Saint Joseph's at Xavier game on February 10 which begins at noon will be shown locally on a tape-delayed basis. Comcast SportsNet will air the game in Philadelphia at 4 p.m.
LOOKING AHEAD: The Hawks will travel to Cincinnati on Sunday to meet 13th-ranked Xavier for the first time this season. SJU then returns home to host St. Bonaventure on Feb.