Jan. 15, 2010
OLEAN, N.Y. - Saint Joseph's men's basketball (5-10; 1-2 A-10) will play its second straight game on the road when it visits St. Bonaventure (7-8; 0-2) on Saturday, January 16. Game time is 7 p.m. at the Reilly Center.
The game can be heard on WNTP Radio (990 AM) with Matt Martucci calling the action. Audio streaming will be available free of charge on SJUHawks.com, via Stretch Internet.
GAME NOTES: The Hawks have won 15 in a row against St. Bonaventure, which is SJU's longest current winning streak. Saint Joseph's is seeking its first road win of the year, having lost six games thus far. In the decade that just ended, the Hawks amassed a 201-103 record (counting this season to date) and made seven post-season appearances. Phil Martelli is in his 15th season as head coach and his 25th at the University. Martelli served as an assistant coach for 10 years on the staffs of Jim Boyle and John Griffin. He is the A-10's active leader in conference wins with 142. Saint Joseph's is celebrating the Centennial of SJU Basketball this year, as the inaugural season took place in 1909-10.
LAST TIME OUT: Akeem Richmond scored 18 of his 21 points in the first half as Rhode Island routed Saint Joseph's, 101-74, at the Ryan Center. Darrin Govens had 15 points, Garrett Williamson scored 14 and Charoy Bentley had a career-high 10 points for SJU. The Rams scored the game's first seven points and were up by double digits, 13-2, by the 16:18 mark. The Hawks cut the deficit to 22-14 on a layup by Carl Jones at 12:39, but that was the closest they would get the rest of the way. Consecutive 3-pointers by the Rams increased the lead to 28-14 and URI doubled up the Hawks, 40-20. A combination of URI's fullcourt pressure and sloppy halfcourt play by the Hawks contributed to 13 turnovers in the half for SJU. The Rams shot 61 percent from field (22-of-36) and made 9-of-16 3-pointers, while taking a 58-34 lead into intermission. URI continued the pace in the second half, shooting 45.5 percent from the floor.
LOWLIGHTS: The loss to Rhode Island was the most points given up the by Hawks since a 102-88 loss to Duquesne on February 6, 2008. It was also the second 20-plus point losing margin of the season as SJU fell to #7 Purdue, 85-60, in the Paradise Jam.
ROAD WARRIORS: The Hawks are seeking their first road win of the year. Last season, SJU was 7-6 on the road.
INJURY REPORT: Bryant Irwin suffered a possible concussion at Rhode Island and as a precaution, will miss the St. Bonaventure and Towson games.
DIFFERENT OUTLOOK: Phil Martelli found one consistency in the loss to Rhode Island: "The silver lining that we leave with is we all got clobbered. It wasn't 'we had this, we had that'. We got it handed to us all over the floor."
DARRIN'S DUE: Darrin Govens gave the Hawks the game they've been looking for with 21 points against Fordham. Govens was on fire from the start, making 5-of-8 shots in the first half, which included 4-of-5 3-pointers for a total of 14 points. In the three games prior to Fordham, Govens had made only 9-for-28 from the field and averaged 8.0 ppg during that stretch. On the season, Govens is averaging a team-high 12.9 ppg.
LIGHTING A FIRE: Todd O'Brien was pulled out of the starting lineup at Siena, but responded with a career-high 11 rebounds in 21 minutes of action. O'Brien didn't start against Princeton but returned to the lineup at Temple and had a team-high seven rebounds. He followed that with a career-best 20 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks in the win over Fordham.
BENTLEY'S BEST: Junior Charoy Bentley scored a career-high 10 points at Rhode Island off the bench, making 4-of-6 shots. Bentley became the 10th Hawk to score double figures at least once this season.
NOT FOR THREE: The Hawks have struggled from beyond the arc this year and are converting 32 percent on the season. In the past four games, SJU is converting just 27 percent (22-for-80), which included efforts of 3-for-18 against Princeton and 4-for-19 vs. Rhode Island.
SHAKING IT UP: Phil Martelli has changed the starting lineup twice in an effort to change the Hawks' results. He started Carl Baptiste in place of Todd O'Brien against both Siena and Princeton. At Siena, Baptiste had a short-lived appearance as he was quickly whistled for two fouls and played just four minutes. Against Princeton, the freshman saw only five minutes of action. At Temple, Justin Crosgile got his chance, starting in place of Chris Prescott for his first career start, and has now started the past three games at the point.
JUST ONE CHANCE: The Hawks have been outscored this season in second chance points, 257-121. URI held a 29-15 edge in that category in the Hawks' recent defeat.
NOT ON BOARD: Rebounding is one of the biggest deficiencies for the Hawks as they have been outrebounded in all but one contest (DePaul). SJU's rebounding margin of -9.7 ranks last in the Atlantic 10, while the Hawks also rank last in all rebounding categories. That number is also one of the lowest in the nation, as SJU ranks 329th out of 334 teams. Saint Joseph's saw Fordham, the 13th ranked rebounding team in the A-10, hold a decisive 46-30 margin on the boards.
THIS DATE IN HAWK HISTORY: January 16, 1966 - One of the most memorable moments in SJU history occured when reserve Steve Donches hit a 35-footer from along the sideline to give the fifth-ranked Hawks a 71-69 win over rival Villanova at The Palestra.
January 16, 1982 - Bryan Warrick set a school record by making 12 field goals without a miss in a 76-67 win at Charlotte. The feat was later tied by Delonte West in 2004 at Xavier.
LOOKING AHEAD: SJU then has a quick turnaround and returns home with a non-conference game against Towson on Monday, January 18 at Hagan Arena. The Hawks then get a break before hosting Dayton on Saturday, January 23.