Hawks Travel to Saint Louis for First-Ever Meeting
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  01/24/2006

Jan. 24, 2006

ST. LOUIS, MO - Saint Joseph's will play new Atlantic 10 member Saint Louis for the first time, when the Hawks visit the Savvis Center on January 25. Game time is 8 p.m. EST (7 p.m. local).

The game will be televised only in Missouri on CCIN, but all of the action can be heard on the Saint Joseph's Sports Network on SportsTalk 950 (WPEN) with Ken Krsolovic and Joe Lunardi calling the action beginning at 8 p.m. in Philadelphia.

The Hawks are coming off a 66-54 win over La Salle, which ended their three-game losing streak. SJU is now 7-8 and 2-4 in the A-10. Saint Louis recorded a 59-54 upset of Xavier in Cincinnati to improve its record to 9-8 and 3-2 in the league.

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TALE OF TWO HALVES: The Hawks had two distinctive halves against La Salle. In the first, SJU missed 18 shots, missed all eight of its 3-point attempts, and scored just 16 points. Saint Joseph's turned it around after the break, fighting back from an 11-point halftime deficit. The Hawks made 11-of-22 from the field and 5-of-11 from beyond the arc to score 50 points, which included 23 points from the foul line. Chet Stachitas keyed the run with all 15 of his points in the final 20 minutes. That second-half total by the team was the second highest all season - SJU scored 53 in the 102-94 loss at Gonzaga.

HELP FROM THE PAST: Give an assist to Pat Carroll, one of the best shooters in school and Atlantic 10 history, for the Hawks' second-half turnaround vs. La Salle. Carroll currently serves as a student assistant coach with the Hawks. While the coaches were meeting at halftime, Carroll told the players to make harder movements on offense, to be patient and keep shooting. The Hawks responded with 50 percent shooting and 50 points to earn the win.

JEKYLL-HYDE: The Hawks have suffered from inconsistency which has prompted Phil Martelli to say, "the only thing consistent with this team is that they're inconsistent". Here's a synopsis of the Hawks' ups and downs: Game "Ups" "Downs" Gonzaga 53.6 FG%; 46.9% 3-pt; 94 pts Xavier made 8 of first 12 shots XU made 12-0 run; 15 turnovers Temple 11 of 17 3-pt FGs in 1st half 6-of-19 3-pt FGs in 2nd half UMass 4-of-25 3-pt FGs; 58 pts GW 70% 3-pt FGs in 2nd half season-low 9% 3-pt in 1st half Charlotte 7-pt halftime lead 9-minute scoring drought (2nd) La Salle 50 pts scored; 50% FG in 2nd half 3 field goals in 1st half (3-for-21)

DRY SPELLS: The Hawks had back-to-back games with two of the biggest scoring droughts of the season. Against La Salle, SJU managed just three field goals in the first half (3-for-21), missed all eight 3-point attempts and scored just 16 points. The team turned it around in the second half, netting 50 points and shooting 50 percent from the field. In the previous game, a loss to Charlotte, the Hawks went scoreless for nine minutes. Holding a 41-32 lead, SJU missed 13 shots and saw the 49ers go on an 18-0 run. SJU had just 19 points in that half, all scored by two players - Chet Stachitas (9) and Rob Ferguson (10). The Hawks were 7-for-31 from the field (22.6%) and 5-of-21 from 3-point range (23.8%) in that period.

HOT HAND: Rob Ferguson had the game-winning shot vs. Temple, when he caught a missed shots and scored with two seconds left. Phil Martelli has repeatedly mentinoed that he felt the sophomore needed boosts in his confidence -- and that quite possibly was the shot to do it. Since that win (Jan. 8), Ferguson is averaging 11.9 points per game and shooting 64.2 percent (18-28) from the field and 66.7 percent (6-9) from 3-point range. Prior to that game, the sophomore was scoring 8.0 ppg, shooting 47.3% (35-for-74) and 18.8% (3-16) from beyond the arc.

SHAKING IT UP: Phil Martelli went with a different starting lineup against Charlotte, replacing Ahmad Nivins with senior Dave Mallon. Mallon played a season-high 22 minutes and had only two points. Nivins came off the bench to go 4-for-6 from the field and grab seven rebounds in 27 minutes. That lineup has been in place for the past two games.

OFF THE MARK: The 3-point field goal is one of the Hawks' main offensive weapons, but they've struggled as of late. In the last four games, SJU is making just 25 percent (23-for-92) from beyond the arc. Included in that total are lows of 0% vs. La Salle (1st half); 9.1% vs. GW (1st); 16.7% vs. Charlotte (1st); 20.0% (1st) and 13.3% (2nd) at UMass.