Men's Basketball Travels to Creighton on Sunday
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  12/06/2007

Dec. 6, 2007

OMAHA, NE - Saint Joseph's travels to Creighton on Sunday, December 9, for the first meeting with the Blue Jays since 1981. Game time at the Qwest Center is 3 p.m. EST (2 p.m. local).

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 free of charge as provided by Stretch Internet. The game will be televised in Nebraska on Nebraska Educational Television, but fans will also be able to watch the video stream on that station's website, Click here for the link.

Click here for complete game notes.

Game Notes • This is the first meeting for the two Jesuit schools since Dec. 14, 1981 and is also the Hawks' first trip to the state of Nebraska since that game. • Saint Joseph's University president Timothy R. Lannon, S.J. is an alumnus of Creighton. • Pat Calathes still tops the Hawks in scoring with 17.9 ppg, followed by Ahmad Nivins at 14.4 ppg. • Following this game, the Hawks will only have three more in the month of December.

LAST TIME OUT: Saint Joseph's dug itself a huge hole in the first half and despite a furious rally in the second half, fell to Holy Cross, 71-66, at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse. Holy Cross jumped out to an 18-2 lead in the first nine minutes as the Hawks missed their first 11 shots and turned the ball over six times in their first eight possessions. Tasheed Carr hit SJU's first shot of the game, a 3-pointer, with 5:01 left in the half, while the team fell behind 34-21 at halftime. Led by Pat Calathes, who scored all 19 of his points in the second half before fouling out, SJU closed to within 66-61 with 2:03 to play. But the Hawks missed five straight shots while Holy Cross hit four free throws to put the game away with a 70-61 lead. Carr finished with 17 points and six rebounds, while Darrin Govens had 12 points.

COLD SPELL: The Hawks went thru one of the coldest shooting spells in memory in the 71-66 loss to Holy Cross on Tuesday evening, en route to falling behind 18-2 in the first nine minutes. The numbers from the Hawks' subpar first half tell the story: • 6 turnovers in the first 8 possessions • 0-for-8 in 2-point attempts in the first half • first field goal (3-pointer) with 5:01 left in the first half • outrebounded 19-10 • shot 3-for-16 in the first half (18.8%) • Pat Calathes was scoreless and Ahmad Nivins had just one shot

NEVER GIVE UP: The Hawks did stage a big second-half rally against Holy Cross, but fell short. Trailing 34-21 at intermission, without a two-point field goal made in the first half, SJU would trim the deficit to nine points (51-42) at the 10-minute mark. Pat Calathes led the way with three consecutive 3-pointers as he scored all 19 of his points in 16 minutes of action. The Hawks converted 17-of-34 from the field and only had three turnovers.

THE CREIGHTON CONNECTION: Saint Joseph's University president Timothy R. Lannon, S.J. is an alumnus of Creighton and is making the trip with the Hawks to Omaha this weekend. Fr. Lannon, who is in his fifth year at Saint Joseph's, had served as the president of Creighton Prep earlier in his career.

GETTING IT DONE: The Atlantic 10 is ranked fifth in the latest men's basketball conference rankings, it was announced on Dec. 6. The A-10 has compiled a 69-40 non-conference record and 11 of the league's 14 teams have a record of .500 or better entering action on Dec. 6. Thirteen A-10 programs have won at least one game on the road or on a neutral site and five teams have won at least six games thus far. In addition, 15 of the 40 losses were by four points or less and eight came against ranked opponents.Xavier (7-1) is ranked 21st in the Associated Press top 25 and 20th in the ESPN/USA Today coaches' polls. Saint Joseph's, along with George Washington and Rhode Island received votes during the first month of the season. CONFERENCE RPI (Thru games of Dec. 5) 1. ACC 0.6074 2. Pac-10 0.5884 3. Big 12 0.5847 4. Big East 0.5820 5. Atlantic 10 0.5480 6. Big Ten 0.5447 7. Missouri Valley 0.5446 8. SEC 0.5412

GET HIM THE BALL: Ahmad Nivins is averaging just 7.0 shots per game, with a season-low three vs. Holy Cross. He scored seven points in that game, with five from the foul line. Previously he had just four shots at Syracuse and registered just three points, whichwas the lowest total for the junior since he had six points against St. Bonaventure on February 17, 2007. Previously the A-10's leader in field goal percentage, Nivins does not appear in this week's stats because he has not met the minimum of five field goals made per game.

LOOKING AHEAD: The Hawks take a break for final exams, and play their next game on Dec. 21 at Fairfield, followed by a Dec. 28 game at Siena.