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SIXTH-RANKED AND UNBEATEN HAWKS HOST FORDHAM ON JANUARY 13
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  09/01/2004
PHILADELPHIA (1/13/04) - The sixth-ranked Saint Joseph's Hawks will look to continue their unbeaten string tonight, Jan. 13, when they host Fordham in an Atlantic 10 contest at sold-out Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse. The 7 p.m. game will not be televised but the Saint Joseph's Sports Network broadcast can be heard on WPEN Radio (950 AM). Click here for game notes, and streaming audio and live stats. The 13-0 Hawks are one of six undefeated teams in the nation as of Jan. 13 and are in the midst of the best start in school history. Coach Phil Martelli's team continued its climb in the national rankings as it moved up three spots to sixth in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today polls for Jan. 12. It is the Hawks' highest ranking since SJU was ranked fifth on March 8, 1966. With a victory, the Hawks could tie the second-best start in Atlantic 10 history, matching the 14-0 record by the 1987-88 Temple Owls. UMass holds the league record with its 26-0 start in '95-96 Point guard Jameer Nelson, is establishing himself as the early favorite for the National Player of the Year honors as he continues to lead the squad with 20.8, 5.1 assists and 3.8 steals per game. The senior won Player of the Week honors in both the Atlantic 10 and Big 5 this week for the fifth time this season. Nelson and the Hawks have been receiving national attention for their play thus far. ESPN.com's Jay Bilas called Nelson the Player of the Year during the non-conference season and named Hawk mentor Phil Martelli the top "Coach of Non-Conference Season". ESPN named him one of its "Performers of the Week" and Andy Katz of ESPN.com named Nelson and Delonte West to his "Supporting Cast" list for the week.