Feb. 1, 2011
PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's (5-16; 0-7) will take to the road to face Richmond (16-6; 5-2) on Wednesday evening at the Robins Center. Game time is 7 p.m.
The Saint Joseph's Sports Network broadcast of the game will be available on WNTP Radio (990 AM) and SJUHawks.com, with Matt Martucci and Joe Lunardi calling the action. The audio stream is available free of charge. Click here to listen.
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GAME NOTES: C.J. Aiken ranks second in the nation in blocked shots and is the highest ranked freshman and only first-year player in the top 20. He leads the Atlantic 10 with 4.0 per game and 5.2 in conference games only. The nation's leader is William Mosley of NW Louisiana, with 4.7 per game. Leading scorer Carl Jones has scored double figures in 20 of 21 games this year, with eight games of 20-plus points. Freshman Langston Galloway tops the Atlantic 10 in free throw percentage, hitting 93.0 percent overall and 100 percent in conference games. Phil Martelli is in his 16th year as Saint Joseph's head coach, and his 26th year on Hawk Hill. The coach needs six wins to reach 300 for his career, and will coach his 500th game with four more. He also owns the most Atlantic 10 wins among active coaches, with 146. SJU is fielding its youngest team ever under Phil Martelli with two seniors, one junior, four sophomores and five freshmen, and a starting lineup of three freshmen, which is the most ever under Martelli. The Hawks have lost eight in a row, which is the longest skid since 1998-99, when SJU lost nine straight.
LAST TIME OUT: Scootie Randall scored 17 pointsto lead Temple to a 72-54 win over Saint Joseph's at The Palestra. Ronald Roberts scored a career-high 17 points off the bench on 8-for-11 shooting. Holding an 11-10 lead, Temple broke it open with a 12-0 run, to take a 23-10 lead on a three-pointer by Randall with 7:28 to play in the first half. The Owls maintained the double-digit advantage the rest of the half, owning a 32-22 lead at the intermission. The second half was more of the same as Temple started the period with a 9-2 run to move ahead, 41-24. The Hawks used a 9-2 run of their own, with threes from Hilliard and Daryus Quarles, and a three-point play by Roberts, to close to 43-33. But Temple answered that with a quick 9-0 spurt to take a 52-33 lead with 13:23 remaining. The Hawks fell behind by 20 points when T.J. DiLeo's layup gave Temple a 68-48 advantage with 5:42 remaining. Temple held a commanding 38-23 edge in rebounding and shot 49 percent in the game, compared to the Hawks' 37.5 percent.
1500 CLUB: With two more victories, Saint Joseph's will reach 1,500 wins in the program's history. The Hawks currently own a 1,498-1,002 record in 102 seasons. SJU will become one of 35 programs to reach the plateau, joining an impressive list of basketball programs.
MARTELLI MILESTONES: Head coach Phil Martelli is closing in on a few milestones. Here's the numbers he needs to reach those marks: 300 career victories - needs 6 150 Atlantic 10 victories - needs 4 500 games coached - needs 3 250 Atlantic 10 games coached - needs 3 Martelli will join an exclusive group of head coaches in A-10 history that have recorded 300 wins - John Chaney of Temple had 516 while Gale Catlett of West Virginia notched 333 for West Virginia (1979-95).
REJECTION NOTICE: Freshman C.J. Aiken continues to make his presence known in the middle with his talent for blocking shots, averaging 3.9 overall and 5.2 in A-10 games. The freshman had a season-high nine blocks twice against GW and La Salle. The school record for blocks in a game is 12 by all-time leader Rodney Blake against Cleveland State on Dec. 2, 1987. Phil Martelli said, "C.J. has become more of a presence defensively. When you can walk out as a freshman with nine blocks that's something. But we have to get more than face-up jumpers. We have to get some baskets when he outruns people. It's a bright future but we just need it to be today." Here are his top efforts this season: 9 vs. La Salle (Jan. 27) 7 vs. Rhode Island (Jan. 19) 9 vs. George Washington (Jan. 8) 7 vs. Villanova (Dec. 3)
BLOCK PARTY: Led by C.J. Aiken, the Hawks top the Atlantic 10 in blocks per game, with 5.9 overall and 7.1 in league games. Aiken ranks second in the nation while Saint Joseph's ranks 10th. The school record for blocked shot average in a season is 3.8 by Rodney Blake (1985-86) and 5.7 by the 1985-86 team.
BOOST OFF THE BENCH: Ronald Roberts provides the Hawks with energy and athleticism off the bench, although he did make one start this year against Penn. In the past three games he is averaging 14.3 points and 5.3 rebounds while shooting 67.8 percent from the field, with a season-high of 17 points vs. Temple. Roberts is in the midst of a three-game double-figure scoring streak.
TAKING SOME TIME: Phil Martelli announced that effective immediately, Justin Crosgile will be taking a leave of absence from the team to concentrate on personal issues. Crosgile has played in 19 games in a reserve role, averaging 15.1 minutes and 4.8 points per game. The length of his leave is undetermined.
LEAGUE LEADERS: Two of the Hawks' freshmen find themselves leading the Atlantic 10 in two categories. Langston Galloway tops the A-10 in free throw percentage in overall (93.0) and conference games (1.000). C.J. Aiken ranks first in blocked shots overall (3.9 and A-10 games (5.2).
SENIOR LEADERSHIP: In the past four games, Idris Hilliard is averaging 12.0 and 6.5 rebounds while shooting 60.6 percent (20-for-33) from the field. The senior, who surpassed the 800-point mark for his career against La Salle, ranks eighth in the Atlantic 10 in field goal percentage, hitting 51 percent. . IN FINE COMPANY: With his 10.8 scoring average, Langston Galloway is the Hawks' highest scoring freshman since Jameer Nelson averaged 12.5 ppg in 2000-01. Galloway is also the only frosh since Nelson to average double figures. The SJU scoring record for a freshman is 18.8 points per game by Bernard Blunt in 1990-91.
JONES-IN': Carl "Tay" Jones has recorded double-figures in 20 of 21 games and has scored 20-plus points eight times, including a career-best 29 points vs. Minnesota. He had a 13-game scoring streak, which dated back to last year, come to an end at Holy Cross. Jones leads the Hawks with his 17.9 scoring average and ranks fourth in the A-10. He averages the most field goal attempts on the squad, taking 13 shots per game.
COLD MONTH: The month of January was not only cold weather-wise, but to the Hawks as they went winless in all eight games of the month.
YOUTH BE SERVED: According to StatSheet.com, the Hawks are the 11th youngest team in the nation this season. It is determined by calculating the average class year per minutes played.
LOOKING AHEAD: Saint Joseph's returns home to host Massachusetts on Saturday at Hagan Arena and then has a "bye" week, returning to action on Feb. 13 vs. Fordham at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J.