Feb. 3, 2007
PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's (12-9; 4-4 A-10) will look to get back on the winning track in the A-10 when it hosts Dayton (14-7; 4-4) on Sunday, Feb. 4 at noon at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse. The game will be televised as part of the CSTV Network, but seen in Philadelphia on a tape delay at 4 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet.
The game can also be heard on WNTP Radio (990 AM), with Scott Graham and Joe Lunardi calling the action, and also via audio streaming on www.sjuhawks.com.
GAME NOTES: With SJU's next win, Phil Martelli will surpass Hall of Famer Jack Ramsay for second place on SJU's list for coaching victories. Ramsay totaled 234 in 11 years (234-72 from 1955 to 66) while Martelli's 12-year mark is 234-133. Bill Ferguson (1928 to 1953) holds the SJU record with 309 victories. The Hawks have lost two consecutive Atlantic 10 games, and have lost two of the last three at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse. The Hawks are in the midst of a six-game stretch of games in Philadelphia. The only game not at the Fieldhouse or Palestra is the visit to Villanova on Feb. 6. Pat Calathes has made 23 consecutive free throws. His last miss came in the Rhode Island game, when he went an uncharacteristic 0-for-3. He's shooting 83.3 percent on the season. Pat Calathes has also had consecutive double-doubles, while grabbing a career-high 13 rebounds against Saint Louis. Ahmad Nivins is averaging 18.5 points in conference games, while converting 61 percent of his field-goal attempts. Saint Joseph's visits Villanova on Tuesday in the annual rivalry. Both teams are undefeated in Big 5 play, but the Hawks will have one more Big 5 contest after that, against La Salle on Feb. 10. With an unusual amount of games scheduled for Sundays, the Hawks are currently 3-2 on this day of the week.
SJU AND SUPER BOWL SUNDAY: Strangely enough, this is only the second time in history that the Hawks are playing on Super Bowl Sunday. Ironically, the first time was on Jan. 25, 1981 when the hometown Philadelphia Eagles lost to the Oakland Raiders (27-10). Even more surprising is that 8,553 fans showed up that day at the Palestra to watch the Jim Lynam-coached Hawks defeat UNC-Charlotte in a 1 p.m. game.
LOSING THE LEAD: Late-game collapses have resulted in four losses for the Hawks, with the most recent example being the defeat to Saint Louis. SJU led for most of the second half until the Billikens took their first second-half lead with seven minutes to go. Then after a tie at 5:01, Saint Louis held the Hawks with just one field goal for the final five minutes.
NOT SO SWEET HOME: The Hawks have lost two conference games at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse this season, to Saint Louis and Rhode Island. Actually, in the past four years, SJU has only lost five conference games on its homecourt, and they've come in these past two seasons (three of them were in `05-06).
INJURY REPORT: Arvydas Lidzius suffered a fracture in the frontal bone over his left eye practice on Jan. 15 and is sidelined indefinitely and will have to wear a protective mask when returns. Rockwell Moody is questionable after spraining his left ankle in practice on Jan. 30. It's the Hawks' fourth sprained ankle of the year. The injury was also suffered by Ahmad Nivins, Rob Ferguson and Garrett Williamson, but only Nivins missed action (1 game) because of it.