Jan. 11, 2008
PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's (8-4; 1-0) will look to extend its winning streak to five games when it hosts Richmond (8-6; 1-0) on Saturday, January 12 at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse. Game time is 7 p.m.
The contest will be the Hawks' first at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse since December 4. SJU is coming off a 98-92 win at UMass to open the Atlantic 10 Conference slate.
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. Video streaming of the game will be available to All-Access subscribers on www.sjuhawks.com.
GAME NOTES: The Hawks are in the midst of their longest winning streak of the season (4 games) and the longest since February of last season. If they increase it to five wins, it will be the longest streak since March 10, 2006. Pat Calathes tops the Hawks in scoring (17.7 ppg) and rebounding (8.3) and is second in assists (2.9). Tasheed Carr leads the Atlantic 10 in assists with 6.7 per game and ranks eighth in the latest NCAA statistics. Ahmad Nivins tops the conference in field goal percentage (66.0). Pat Calathes was named the Player of the Week in both the Atlantic 10 and Big 5 for Jan. 5. Phil Martelli is two wins away from 250 in his career.
LAST TIME OUT: Saint Joseph's got into a running game with UMass, and outscored the Minutemen, 98-92, to win the conference opener in Amherst. The Hawks were hot from the start, hitting 22-of-33 from the field in earning a 52-44 halftime lead, despite the fact that UMass made eight 3-pointers. SJU went on a remarkable run, scoring 44 points over a 14-minute span covering the end of the first half and beginning of the second. The Hawks built their lead to 71-54 and UMass eventually whittled it to to 83-77 with just over five minutes to play. But the Hawks built it back to a 12-point lead on two occasions, the last with 36 seconds remaining. Ahmad Nivins scored at will, tallying 20 points in the first half and finishing with a career-high 31 while adding 12 rebounds and a personal-best six blocked shots. Pat Calathes had his third consecutive double-double with 21 points and 15 rebounds while Darrin Govens had 15 points and a career-high eight assists. Tasheed Carr also added 14 points for the Hawks, who shot 58.5 percent in the game and outrebounded UMass, 45-30.
RUNNING GAME: The Hawks showed no effects of the 10-day layoff at UMass, running up 98 points in the victory. In the fast-paced game, the Hawks reached their season average (72.3 points) by the 12-minute mark of the second half. SJU scored 44 points in a 14-minute span from the end of the first half into the second.
BIG NUMBERS: Saint Joseph's put up some uncharacteristic numbers in the 98-92 win at UMass, with its highest point total since a 114-62 victory over St. Bonaventure on Jan. 24, 2004. Here's a look at some of the highs: career-high 31 points and 6 blocks for Ahmad Nivins, with 20 points in the first half alone third consecutive double-double for Pat Calathes (21 pts-15 rebs) career-high 8 assists for Darrin Govens team scored 52 first-half points (season-high) season-high 66.7% from the field in the first half rebounding margin of 45-30 shot 84.2% from the foul line
NIVINS' NUMBERS: Ahmad Nivins dominated the win over UMass, scoring a career-high 31 points, with 20 in the first half alone. The junior shot 13-for-18 from the field and 5-for-5 from the foul line. He grabbed 12 rebounds for his third double-double of the year, while also blocking a career-high six shots.
BROTHERS IN ARMS: Pat Calathes and his younger brother, Nick, share the distinction of being the only brothers in college basketball to be their teams' leading scorers. Pat is averaging a team-high 17.6 points for the Hawks, while Nick, a freshman at Florida, is scoring 15.2 per game.
HOMECOMING: This is the first game for the Hawks in Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse since the December 4 loss to Holy Cross. SJU has played five straight on the road, although there was one game in Philadelphia, vs. Drexel at its "home away from home", the Palestra. This schedule could be giving the Hawks and their fans early preparation for the 2008-09 season when the team will not be able to play in Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse because of the comprehensive expansion and renovation project that will be taking place. Among the highlights of the project is a state of the art facility with offices, meeting rooms and lockerrooms for SJU's men's and women's basketball teams. When the Hawks resume playing games on campus the following season, the arena will be known as the Michael J. Hagan '85 Arena. Hagan and his wife Joyce are contributing $10 million as the lead benefactors for the most comprehensive enhancement of athletic facilities in Saint Joseph's history.
PAT'S WEEK: Pat Calathes has received a few Player of the Week honors during the past two weeks. He was named the Atlantic 10 Player of the Week on Jan. 5 for the first time in his career, earning the honor with his second consecutive double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds in the win over Drexel on New Year's Eve. The senior shot 7-for-9 from the field, while handing out five assists and blocking three shots. And for the past two weeks (Dec. 31 and Jan. 5), Calathes also earned top player honors from the Big 5.
NO PLACE LIKE HOME: Saint Joseph's owns an all-time record of 314-81 through 58 seasons in the friendly confines of Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse, winning at an 80 percent clip. In this decade, the Hawks have won 83 percent of their games here, posting a 62-13 mark on their home court. Last season, SJU was 8-3 in the Fieldhouse. The Hawks are 1-2 this year.
STREAKING: Here are a few key team stats from the Hawks' current four-game winning streak: averaging 79.9 ppg with a scoring margin of +9.6 shooting 51.9% from the field and 47.5% from 3-point range rebounding margin of 6.8 averaging 16.7 assists per game
LOOKING AHEAD: The Hawks go on the road again to face Charlotte on Wednesday, Jan. 16. SJU takes on city rival Penn at the Palestra on Jan. 19 before returning to the Fieldhouse to play UMass for the second time in two weeks.