Dec. 8, 2005
PHILADELPHIA - Coming off of a 70-67 win over Kansas in the Jimmy V Classic, Saint Joseph's will make its second consecutive ESPN appearance on Saturday, when the Hawks host Ohio State at the Palestra. Game time is 2 p.m.
SJU is 4-1 on the year and has won two in a row. Ohio State is 3-0 with its last win being a 69-59 decision over Virginia Tech on Nov. 28.
Senior Chet Stachitas led the way against the Jayhawks, matching his personal best with 27 points while connecting on a career-high 6-of-7 3-point field goals. Dwayne Lee added 13 points and handed out seven assists.
The game will also be broadcast on the Saint Joseph's Sports Network on WPEN Radio (SportsTalk 950 AM) with Tom McCarthy and Joe Lunardi calling the action.
Tickets are still available by contacting the SJU ticket office at 610-660-1712.
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SAINT JOSEPH'S NOTES
PRIME TIME PLAYER: Chet Stachitas put on a shooting clinic at Madison Square Garden, tying his career-high with 27 in the win over Kansas. He made 9-of-12 from the field, with 6-of-7 from 3-point range, including a crucial three at 4:16 to give the Hawks a 66-62 lead. The senior hit one free throw with 17 seconds remaining to give SJU a three-point cushion. His effort was reminiscent of last year's sharpshooter Pat Carroll, as Stachitas was constantly moving and using screens to get his shots, while hitting from all areas of the floor. He is currently leading the Atlantic 10 in 3-point percentage (.696) and ranks third in scoring (19.8).
REVENGE FACTOR: The Hawks are playing three consecutive games against teams which handed them losses last season - Kansas, Ohio State and Bucknell. SJU already gained "revenge" on Kansas from a 40-point loss in November, 2004, defeating the Jayhawks in Tuesday's Jimmy V Classic. On New Year's Eve 2004, Ohio State beat the Hawks, 72-61, and on Dec. 28, 2004, Bucknell scored a 69-62 win at Alumni Memorial FH.
AWAY FROM HOME: SJU has not played at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse since the season opener on November 18, and won't until January 4. But mixed in this eight-game stretch is two contests at Saint Joseph's "home away from home", the Palestra.
TAKING ADVANTAGE: Saint Joseph's outscored Kansas in points off turnovers, 18-11. In the four victories this year, SJU holds a combined 61-38 edge in points off turnovers.
SURE SHOTS: Free throw shooting has been one of the team's strengths, while showing a marked improvement from last year. In 2004-05, SJU hovered around the 50 to 60 percent mark at the line. This season, the team is making a league-best 81.8% of its free throw attempts. Along the way was an impressive 30-for-34 performance at Davidson, led by Chet Stachitas (10-for-11) and Ahmad Nivins (10-for-10). Stachitas and Nivins are converting over 90 percent of their free throws on the year, with Abdulai Jalloh at 84.2%.
NOT-SO SURE SHOTS: As strong as the Hawks have been from the foul line this season, free throw shooting was almost their downfall against Kansas. SJU shot a season-low 70 percent from the line, missing six free throws in the second half. Those misses came at critical times as Abdulai Jalloh (a 90 percent shooter going into the game) missed three in the final five minutes. Dwayne Lee missed one with 32 seconds to play and Chet Stachitas missed a free throw at :17.
ON TARGET: The Hawks are shooting the ball well from all spots on the floor. The team is hitting 49.2 percent from the field, 81.8 percent from the foul line and 46.0 percent of its 3-point attempts, leading the A-10 in two categories and ranking second in the other. SJU also ranks among the nation's leaders in the NCAA stats: 2nd - FT% 4th - 3-point% 25th- FG%
ON BOARD: The Hawks are rebounding "by committee" with no dominant player on the boards. In fact, guard Abdulai Jalloh tops the team with 5.8 per game while Ahmad Nivins is grabbing 5.4 and 6-10 guard Pat Calathes is averaging 4.6 per game. SJU holds a healthy rebounding margin over its opponents, at +9.6.
IRON MEN: The Hawks only went seven deep on Tuesday night and seniors Dwayne Lee and Chet Stachitas saw all 40 minutes of action. Regular starters Abdulai Jalloh and Ahmad Nivins came off the bench vs. Kansas as Phil Martelli cited that "they were unprepared". Dave Mallon and Pat Calathes replaced them in the lineup, but Jalloh and Nivins both entered the game early in the first half.
THE SET-UP MAN: Dwayne Lee led the Atlantic 10 in assists last season and currently holds the lead again this year with his 6.0 average. If Lee were to finish this season atop the rankings, he would become only the second player in conference history to lead the league in assists for two consecutive years. The other player to do that was Lee's mentor, Hawk great Jameer Nelson.