Feb. 1, 2005
OLEAN, NY - The Saint Joseph's men's basketball team will open the month of February with a road trip to St. Bonaventure, facing the Bonnies on Wednesday, February 2 at 7 p.m. at the Reilly Center. The game will not be televised but all of the action can be heard on the Saint Joseph's Sports Network via WPEN-Radio (950 AM).
ABOUT THE HAWKS: The Hawks scored a big win over Xavier on Saturday, 67-59, at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse. SJU has won two straight Atlantic 10 games moving to 9-8 overall and 6-1 in the league.
ABOUT THE BONNIES: St. Bonaventure is 1-17 and 0-7 in the league after Saturday's loss 87-66 loss to Temple.
TV/RADIO: The game will not be televised. The Saint Joseph's Sports Network will broadcast the game on WPEN Radio (950 AM) with the team of Tom McCarthy and Joe Lunardi. McCarthy is in his second year as play-by-play announcer and Lunardi is in his 15th as the Hawks' color analyst. The contest can also be heard via streaming audio on the Saint Joseph's website at www.sjuhawks.com.
LAST TIME OUT: Pat Carroll hit 7-of-11 3-pointers en route to a career-high 29 points as the Hawks notched a 67-59 win over Xavier at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse. SJU made 6-of-11 from 3-point range to take a 38-35 halftime lead. Although the Hawks led by as many as 19 points early in the second half, Xavier went on a 14-0 run to close to 47-42 with under 13 minutes to play. The Musketeers pulled to within three points twice, but the Hawks did not lose the lead despite making only two of seven free throws in a three-minute span. Carroll put the game out of reach with four free throws in the final 29 seconds while Dwayne Jones added two more to seal the victory. The Hawks shot 47.7 percent from the field and made 10 of 20 3-point field goals in the win. Jones had 15 points and 14 rebounds while Dwayne Lee added 10 points and five assists.
SHUTTING THEM DOWN: SJU's defense has been a key to its resurgence in conference play. In their Atlantic 10 games (6-1 record), the Hawks have limited their opponents to an average of 51.9 ppg, with no team scoring more than 59 points. The Hawks have also shut down the opponents' leading scorers, limiting all of them to single digits in scoring. Here's a rundown of the points scored by those players, with their scoring averages prior to that game in ( ). Bryant Dunston, Fordham: 9 points (14.5) Scott Hazelton, URI: 0 points (17.4) - only 9 minutes w/ foul trouble Rashaun Freeman, UMass: 6 points (14.8) Steven Smith, La Salle: 9 points (22.7) Monty Scott, Dayton: 9 points (11.9) Rashaun Freeman, UMass: 4 points (15.7) Brian Thornton, Xavier: 2 points (12.4) - played just 10 minutes
ABOVE THE MARK: With a victory tonight, the Hawks would move to two games above .500 for the first time this season.
PAT'S PLAY: Pat Carroll was named the Player of the Week in the Atlantic 10 and Co-Player of the Week in the Big 5 for Jan. 30 after averaging 23 points in games against Xavier and Penn. The senior hit for a career-high 29 points in the win over Xavier and for the week shot 15-for-28 (.536) from the field, 10-for-18 from 3-point range (.556) and 6-for-9 (.667) from the foul line. It marks the third time in his career that he's earned the conference's weekly honor.
SECOND FIDDLE: There's only one sports story in Philadelphia now, and rightfully so, it's the Eagles reaching the Super Bowl. So for the time being, Saint Joseph's and the other city basketball teams are flying below the radar. At this time last year, however, the Eagles had lost in the NFC Championship game and the Philly media quickly turned its attention to the 15-0 and nationally-ranked St. Joe's Hawks.
WHAT'S A GUY TO DO?: Coach Phil Martelli has a dilemma this weekend as the entire city of Philadelphia is focused on the Eagles and the Super Bowl. With Martelli always setting his practice schedule in advance, the Hawks are scheduled to practice at 7 p.m. on Super Sunday. In most circumstances, it would be easy to just adjust the practice time. But the Hawks play Duquesne on Saturday at 4 p.m. and have just one day of preparation before meeting arch-rival Villanova on Monday night at 8 p.m. in a nationally-televised contest. Martelli is a believer in the theory that an athlete needs at least 24 hours for the body to recover after a competition. So as of now, it looks like the Hawks might be the only people in Philly not watching the big game. Stay tuned.