Nov. 26, 2006
PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's (3-1) will get an immediate chance to rebound from Saturday's loss at Penn State, when the Hawks host Boston University (2-3) on Monday, November 27 at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse. Game time is 7 p.m.
- ARENA: Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse (3,200)
- TELEVISION: None
- RADIO: WHAT 1340 AM - Tom McCarthy (pxp), Joe Lunardi (color)
- VIDEO/AUDIO STREAMING: www.sjuhawks.com
- SERIES RECORD: SJU leads 3-0
- HAWKS' NEXT GAME: December 2 vs. Drexel (Palestra), 2 p.m.
This is the second time this season that the Hawks are playing two games in a span of three days. Previously, SJU played at Lafayette on Nov. 17 and then hosted Bucknell on Nov. 19, both victories. Pat Calathes owns a seven-game double-figure scoring streak dating back to last year. Rob Ferguson's 14-game streak was snapped at Penn State when he had nine points. SJU and Boston University could meet again this year as both teams are in the Holiday Festival at Madison Square Garden (Dec. 28-29). SJU opens with Hofstra while BU plays St. John's in the first round. Phil Martelli needs 10 wins to surpass Hall of Famer Jack Ramsay on SJU's list for coaching victories. Ramsay totaled 234 in 11 years (234-72 from 1955 to 66) while Martelli's 12-year mark stands at 224-125.
YOUTH MOVEMENT: Phil Martelli is giving plenty of minutes to his freshmen, and often SJU has had three of them on the court at the same time. Jawan Carter and Garrett Williamson comprise the starting backcourt, with D.J. Rivera being one of the first players off the bench. Carter, who has played 35 minutes or more each of the past three games, is third on the team in minutes played, averaging 32.8, with Rivera at 27.0 and Williamson at 26.5. Darrin Govens will figure into the mix prominently as well, once he recovers from the fractured hand.
ON THE LINE: The top free throw shooting team in the nation last year (79.9), SJU is shooting 75.3 percent from the line this season, but came up short down the stretch at Penn State. The Hawks had made 11 in a row, and 14 of their first 15, but in the final minute of play, missed three free throws, including two that were front ends of a one-and-one. Overall, all five starters are making 70 percent or better from the line.
LOSING THE LEAD: SJU lost an eight-point lead at Penn State in the final 1:20, allowing the home team to make eight free throws and hit two 3-pointers during that span. The Hawks struggled from the line in the final minute, missing the front ends of two one-and-one opportunities, and another in a two-shot foul.
THE DEFENDER: The Hawks turned up the defense against Bucknell and that was one of the keys to the win. Freshman D.J. Rivera came off the bench to harrass the Bison offense and record four steals. The freshman earned high praise from Phil Martelli as he called Rivera's effort "Barley-like", referring to former Hawk Tyrone Barley (2000-04), who was known for his tenacious defense.
COMPARING THE HAWKS: Rob Ferguson leads the A-10 in 3-point percentage (75.0), making 9-of-12 long-range shots. Ahmad Nivins ranks high in a few categories: scoring (7th); rebounding (7th); FG% (4th); minutes (4th-tie); and offensive rebounds (3rd).
DEE-FENSE: Defense has been one of the Hawks' trademarks and they've limited the opponents to 59.5 points per game thus far, the second best number in the Atlantic 10. The Hawks rank fifth in FG percentage defense (.425) and are second in 3-point defense, limiting their foes to just 26.2 percent from the arc.