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Hawks Take Winning Streak on the Road to Charlotte on Wednesday
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  01/15/2008

Jan. 15, 2008

PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's (9-4; 2-0 A-10) will take its five-game winning streak on the road to Charlotte (10-5; 1-0) on Wednesday, January 16. Game time at Halton Arena is 7:30 p.m.

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.

(NOTE- Charlotte does not partner with CSTV for its video streaming, so it cannot be shown on www.sjuhawks.com. Charlotte's streaming appears on Yahoo Sports. In order to view this game, you need to sign up and pay a fee. Click here for the link.)

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GAME NOTES: Tasheed Carr did not make the trip with the Hawks after suffering a sprained right ankle in practice on Monday evening. • The Hawks are in the midst of their longest winning streak of the season (5 games) and the longest since an eight-game streak that ended on March 10, 2006. • SJU's next victory will be Phil Martelli's 250th in his 13-year career. • Senior Rob Ferguson needs eight points to reach the 1,000-point plateau for his career. • Sophomore D.J. Rivera will make his first game appearance this season after sitting out games during the first semester to concentrate on academics. • Ahmad Nivins was named the Big 5 Player of the Week after averaging 21.5 points and 12.5 rebounds in two victories last week. • Pat Calathes tops the Hawks in scoring (18.0 ppg) and rebounding (8.4) and is second in assists (2.7). He has recorded double-doubles in four consecutive games. • Tasheed Carr leads the Atlantic 10 in assists with 6.6 per game and ranks ninth in the latest NCAA statistics. Ahmad Nivins tops the conference in field goal percentage (63.8) and is eighth in the national rankings.

LAST TIME OUT: Pat Calathes scored 22 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and sparked two scoring runs as Saint Joseph's won its fifth straight game, 81-63 over Richmond in its first game in Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse since December 4. Rob Ferguson had a season-high 18 points, and Garrett Williamson scored a career-high 16 for the Hawks. Trailing 11-4 six minutes into the game, the Hawks went on a 25-3 run, highlighted by three 3-pointers by Calathes, to take a 29-14 lead. Richmond responded with a 15-7 run and closed to within 36-29 at the half. Saint Joseph's started the second half with another outburst, scoring 22 of the next 25 points. Calathes scored 11 in the run and the Hawks led 58-32 with 11:11 left. Ahmad Nivins added 13 points for SJU, which outrebounded the Spiders, 36-18.

INJURY REPORT: Tasheed Carr did not make the trip to Charlotte with the Hawks due to a sprained right ankle suffered in practice on Monday evening. His status is day-to-day.

DOUBLE DUTY: Pat Calathes has recorded double-doubles in four consecutive games, with the most recent being the 22 point-10 rebound effort vs. Richmond. He now has nine double-doubles in his career.

AHMAD'S WEEK: Ahmad Nivins was named the Big 5 Player of the Week (Jan. 14) for helping the Hawks to two victories last week. Nivins averaged 21.5 points, 12.5 rebounds and 3.0 blocks in the two games. His effort included a career-best 31 points and six blocks at UMass. It is his first honor of the season and marks the third week in a row that a Hawk has earned the Big 5 award, as Pat Calathes won it two consecutive weeks.

A GAME OF RUNS: SJU used two big runs to put away Richmond in the 81-63 victory. Trailing by seven points early, the Hawks went on a 25-3 run to take a 29-14 lead. Then leading 36-29 at halftime, the Hawks started the second half scored 22 of the next 25 points to take control of the game.

AN ELITE CLUB: Rob Ferguson is close to becoming the next member of SJU's 1,000-point club, as he currently has 992 career points. He would become the 45th Hawk to reach the plateau. Ahmad Nivins and Pat Calathes could also gain membership in the near future as Nivins now has 895 points and Calathes has 891.

D.J.'S BACK: Sophomore D.J. Rivera has fulfilled his academic obligations and will be available to play for the Hawks beginning with tonight's game. Rivera did not play in any games during the first semester in order to concentrate on academics. He was able to practice with the Hawks from the start of the season, although his practice schedule was determined by Phil Martelli and the academic tutors. "D.J. has demonstrated a strong desire to be a student athlete at Saint Joseph's. The requirements were stringent and tested D.J.'s resolve. He is better for having gone through the process," said Martelli. Last season, Rivera averaged 5.9 points and 2.6 rebounds for the Hawks in 32 games as the Hawks' sixth man.

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 two straight weeks (Dec. 31 and Jan. 7), Calathes also earned top player honors from the Big 5.

STREAKING: Here are a few key team stats from the Hawks' current five-game winning streak: • averaging 80.0 ppg with a scoring margin of +11.2 • shooting 51.4% from the field and 44.3% from 3-point range • rebounding margin of +9.0 • averaging 16.2 assists per game

FINDING FERG: Rob Ferguson has scored double figures in five of the last six games, and is averaging 13.3 points per game during this stretch. He hit for a season-high 18 points in the win over Richmond and has now upped his scoring average to 10.7 ppg. During the Hawks' current winning streak, Ferguson is hitting 55 percent of his 3-point attempts and 45.2 percent from the field.

DEPTH CHARGES: The return of D.J. Rivera to the lineup should help the Hawks' depth issues and give them another contributor off the bench. So far, a total of six players have seen the bulk of the minutes for Hawks, with Garrett Williamson averaging 20.8 minutes as the sixth man. No other Hawk reserve is averaging more than eight minutes per game. SJU's bench scoring has been limited as it totals 121 points, with Williamson accounting for 71 points.

LOOKING AHEAD: SJU takes on city rival Penn in the Hawks' Big 5 opener at the Palestra on Jan. 19. Saint Joseph's then plays UMass for the second time in two weeks, hosting the Minutemen at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse.