Men's Basketball Travels to Davidson on Saturday
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  11/23/2005

Nov. 23, 2005

DAVIDSON, NC - With two straight 20-plus point margin wins to start the year, Saint Joseph's will head to Davidson on Saturday, November 26. The game will begin at 2:30 p.m., as part of a men's and women's doubleheader at Belk Arena.

Saint Joseph's is 2-0 after a 72-41 win over Fairfield on Monday evening. Davidson is 1-1 having beaten Massachusetts, 66-63, on Tuesday.

The game can be heard on the Saint Joseph's Sports Network on WPEN-AM, the new Sports Talk 950. Tom McCarthy and Joe Lunardi will call the action.

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Saint Joseph's Game Notes

LAST TIME OUT: Chet Stachitas scored a game-high 16 points and Rob Ferguson matched his career-high with 14 as Saint Joseph's beat Fairfield, 71-42, and handed the Stags their worst home loss in school history. It was the Hawks' second consecutive 20-plus point win to start the year. Dwayne Lee (seven assists) and Abdulai Jalloh added 13 points apiece for SJU, which shot 55 percent from the floor and out-rebounded Fairfield, 34-21. Ferguson had 10 points by the intermission and shot 7-for-9 in the game. Saint Joseph's never trailed in the game and broke it open with a 19-4 run in the middle of the first half. Fairfield endured a scoreless drought of 5:48 during that span. The Hawks connected on six 3-pointers in the first half.

DOUBLING UP: In their first two games, the Hawks have run out to double-digit leads in a short time. They were up 10 points on Lafayette in the first four minutes of the game, and had an 11-point margin at Fairfield in the first 8 1/2 minutes. In both games, there was a player who had double figures by halftime - Abdulai Jalloh with 16 vs. Lafayette and Rob Ferguson with 10 at Fairfield.

20-20: This marks the first time since 1994-95 that Saint Joseph's has started the season with back-to-back victories of margins of 20 points or more.

FOR THREE: SJU made 52.9 percent of its 3-point attempts at Fairfield, going 9-for-17 from beyond the arc. Abdulai Jalloh is leading the way, hitting 80 percent (4-for-5) of his three's. Last year, SJU averaged 7.6 3-pointers and 20.6 3-point attempts.

ON BOARD: The Hawks have dominated the boards in the two games, outrebounding Lafayette, 41-19, and Fairfield, 34-21. SJU has gotten a balanced effort as the team's high rebounder is Dave Mallon with an average of 6.0.

YOUTH MOVEMENT: The Hawks put a young starting lineup on the court for the season opener. Aside from senior starters Dwayne Lee and Chet Stachitas, the rest of the lineup had just one career start among the three of them on opening day. Abdulai Jalloh started the '04-05 season opener (in place of the injured Pat Carroll), but he came off the bench the remainder of the year. Sophomore Rob Ferguson made his first career start, and responded with seven points and six rebounds. Freshman forward Ahmad Nivins started his first collegiate game, and aside from rousing the sold-out crowd with a spin dribble and dunk, he had six points and five rebounds.

LOOKING AHEAD: The Hawks have another quick turnaround, but stay in Philadelphia, and face Drexel on Tuesday, Nov. 29, in a "road" game at the Palestra.