Feb. 22, 2011
PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's (7-19; 2-10) will go on the road to meet Massachusetts (14-11; 6-6) for the second time this season, on Wednesday evening. Game time at the Mullins Center is 7 p.m. with the telecast in Philadelphia on The Comcast Network.
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GAME NOTES: The Hawks defeated UMass earlier this year, 67-64, on February 5. Leading scorer Carl Jones has scored double figures in 23 of 25 games this year, with nine games of 20-plus points. He missed the first UMass game with a sprained ankle. 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 3.9 per game and 4.6 in conference games only. The nation's leader is William Mosley of NW Louisiana, with 5.0 per game. Aiken has set the freshman record for blocks in a season (101), breaking the previous mark of 95 held by all-time blocks leader Rodney Blake. Freshman Langston Galloway led the Hawks with 17 points against #23 Temple. He is a three-time Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week this season. Freshman Patrick Swilling, Jr., is no longer enrolled at the University. The Hawks defeated UMass over two weeks ago and are looking for the sweep of the series this year. The last time SJU won two games against an opponent in the same year was against St. Bonaventure in 2008-09. Phil Martelli is in his 16th year as Saint Joseph's head coach, and his 26th year on Hawk Hill. Martelli owns the most Atlantic 10 wins among active coaches with 148.
LAST TIME OUT: Ramone Moore scored 17 points to lead #23 Temple to a 66-52 win over Saint Joseph's in an Atlantic 10 and Big 5 contest at the Liacouras Center. Langston Galloway had 17 points to lead the Hawks. After Temple seemed to break it open early in the second half with a 44-28 lead, the Hawks made their move and cut it to 48-40 on a three-pointer by Carl Jones at just over the 10-minute mark. But Temple would use an 8-2 to quickly regain the double-digit lead, 56-42. Temple went on to lead by as much as 18 points while SJU would only score eight points over the final seven minutes of the game. SJU held a very early lead in the game, but an 11-0 Temple run gave the home team a 20-11 lead at 10:24 of the first half. Saint Joseph's countered with a 7-0 run, which included a three-pointer by Charoy Bentley, to pull within 20-18 at 7:29. But Temple ended the half with an 8-2 run to hold a 35-23 edge at halftime. Jones was the only other Hawk in double figures with 11 points. SJU went to the foul line eight times, making seven shots, while it shot 42 percent from the field.
COMING TOGETHER: Despite missing leading scorer Carl Jones, the Hawks scored their first A-10 win of the year, and broke a nine-game losing streak, when they defeated UMass on Feb. 5. Langston Galloway led the way, scoring a career-high 25 points on 8-for-12 shooting, including 6-for-6 from 3-point range, while playing 40 minutes for the first time this year. Charoy Bentley made the start and played a career-high 32 minutes without registering a turnover. The Hawks held a halftime lead for only the eighth time this season.
1500 CLUB: With the win over Fordham, Saint Joseph's notched its 1,500th victory in the program's history. The Hawks currently own a 1,500-1,006 record in 102 seasons. SJU is 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 needed to reach those marks: 300 career victories - needs 4 150 Atlantic 10 victories - needs 2 He coached his 500th career game and 250th Atlantic 10 contest at Fordham on Feb. 13. Martelli has now coached the second most games in school history (502). Bill Ferguson, who was the Hawks' mentor from 1928 to 1953, coached 517 games, and holds the school record for victories with 309.
LANGSTON'S LINE: Langston Galloway used back-to-back 25-point games to help SJU to two straight wins. Against UMass, the freshman scored a career-high 25 points on 8-for-12 shooting, including 6-for-6 from 3-point range, while playing 40 minutes for the first time this year. The only blemish on Galloway's line was two missed free throws - his first misses in A-10 games this year. He followed that with 25 points at Fordham, making 7-of-13 shots and going without a turnover in 38 minutes. Galloway has tallied 20-plus points six times this year. He ranks second on the team in scoring (12.0), but leads the team in rebounding (5.7), free throw percentage (89.2) and assist/turnover ratio (2.3). Galloway has earned A-10 Rookie of the Week three times this season.
AT THE LINE: If Langston Galloway maintains or betters his current free throw percentage of 89.6 percent at the end of the season, he will set the single-season record for free throw percentage. Delonte West owns the mark, hitting 89.2 percent in 2003-04.
AROUND THE BLOCK: C.J. Aiken's remarkable total of 101 blocked shots this season has already set the Hawks' freshman record for blocks in a season, eclipsing the mark of 95 set by all-time leader Rodney Blake in 1984-85. It is is also the fourth best single-season total in school history behind Blake's record of 121 set in 1985-86. Aiken now ranks ninth all-time for career blocks.
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 4.6 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. Here are Aiken's top efforts this season: 7 vs. Fordham (Feb. 13) 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 5.8 overall and 6.5 in league games. Aiken ranks second in the nation while Saint Joseph's ranks ninth. 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.
DYNAMIC DUO: The backcourt combination of Carl Jones and Langston Galloway has accounted for 45 percent of the Hawks' scoring this year (745 points) and has made 59 percent of SJU's three-point field goals. The duo has combined to take 40 percent of SJU's field goal attempts and 49 percent of the Hawks' three-point attempts.
SENIOR MOMENT: Senior Charoy Bentley took advantage of the opportunity given to him in the first UMass game, playing a big part in the Hawks' win. Bentley got the start in place of the injured Carl Jones and in a career-high 32 minutes, scored five points, handed out three assists and went without a turnover. He played another big role in the Fordham win, scoring a career-high 14 points on 5-for-7 shooting, with only one turnover in 23 minutes of action. Since the UMass game on Feb. 5, Bentley is shooting 41.9 (13-31) percent from the field and averaging 8.2 points per game and 26.5 minutes. Prior to that, he was averaging just 7.5 minutes per game.
LOOKING AHEAD: Saint Joseph's will play its final two home games of the year against St. Bonaventure on Feb. 26 and Richmond on March 2. The Hawks close out the regular season at Charlotte on March 5.