March 1, 2011
PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's men's basketball will play its final home game of the year at Hagan Arena on Wednesday, March 2, when the Hawks take on Richmond. It is "Senior Night" where Charoy Bentley and Idris Hilliard will be honored prior to the game, along with Hawk mascot Tim Higgins and manager Sean Newman.
It is also Fan Appreciation Night featuring prizes for some lucky Hawk fans.
Game time is 7 p.m. Live video streaming of the game will be available free of charge on Hawks All-Access. Audio and video streaming of the game will be available on SJUHawks.com. The audio stream is available here. To view the game free of charge, click here.
GAME NOTES: It's "Senior Night" and Charoy Bentley and Idris Hilliard will be honored prior to the game, along with Hawk mascot Tim Higgins and manager Sean Newman. Freshman Langston Galloway scored a career-high 27 points to lead the Hawks over St. Bonaventure and was named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week for the fourth time. Leading scorer Carl Jones has scored double figures in 24 of 27 games this year, with nine games of 20-plus points. He missed the UMass game on Feb. 5 with a sprained ankle. C.J. Aiken ranks third in the nation in blocked shots and is the highest ranked freshman. He leads the Atlantic 10 with 3.7 per game and 4.1 in conference games only. Aiken has set the freshman record for blocks in a season (103), breaking the previous mark of 95 held by all-time blocks leader Rodney Blake. Phil Martelli needs just one win for 150 in Atlantic 10 games. He owns the most conference wins among active coaches with 149. The Hawks travel to Charlotte on Saturday to close out the regular season.
LAST TIME OUT: Langston Galloway scored a career-high 27 points and Carl Jones tallied 20 to lead Saint Joseph's to a 79-65 win over St. Bonaventure (15-12; 7-7) at Hagan Arena. C.J. Aiken scored a career-high 14 points on 5-for-7 shooting and Jones converted 10-for-13 from the foul line while adding six assists. Charoy Bentley handed out a career-high six assists in 15 minutes off the bench. The Hawks turned in their best shooting performance of the season, hitting 61.5 percent from the field and 64.7 percent from three-point range. It was also SJU's largest margin of victory this year. SJU, which shot 12-for-18 in the first half, trailed for part of the period as SBU's Andrew Nicholson scored 16 first-half points. But the Hawks scored the final six points of the half, ending with a three-point play by Aiken to take a 38-34 lead into the lockerroom. The Hawks came out strong in the second and opened the half with a 13-4 run, paced by seven points from Jones, to build up a 51-38, which was then the biggest of the year. Nicholson kept SBU in the game as he scored nine points in an 11-4 run that pulled the Bonnies within 56-52. But Jones connected on a three-pointer at 6:19 to give the Hawks a seven-point cushion. A three-pointer by Bentley at 4:43 gave SJU a 64-54 lead and Galloway hit his fifth trey of the day to put the Hawks up by 67-55 and then made 6-of-6 free throws in the final 2:30 to secure the victory.
LANGSTON'S LINE: Langston Galloway scored a career-high 27 points to help the Hawks to the win over St. Bonaventure and was named the A-10 Rookie of the Week for the fourth time this year. The freshman shot 8-for-13 from the field against SBU and made 5-of-7 three-pointers. In the two games of the week, he shot 43.5 percent (10-for-23) from the floor, 50.0 percent (6-for-12) from three-point range and was 7-for-8 (87.5 percent) from the free throw line. It was the seventh time that Galloway scored 20-plus points in a game, and his 17th game in double figures. He ranks second on the team in scoring (12.5), but leads the team in rebounding (5.6), free throw percentage (89.3) and assist/turnover ratio (2.3).
DYNAMIC DUO: The backcourt combination of Carl Jones and Langston Galloway has accounted for 45 percent of the Hawks' scoring this year (806 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 48 percent of the Hawks' three-point attempts. The pair combined for 47 of the Hawks' 79 points in the win over St. Bonaventure and shot 12-for-20 from the field and 7-for-10 from three-point range.
SENIOR SENDOFF: Seniors Charoy Bentley and Idris Hilliard will be honored tonight in their final home game. Bentley has played in 91 career games and has registered career-best totals of points and assists this season. Hilliard has played in 123 games, with 89 starts, scoring 860 points while grabbing 357 rebounds. With a field goal percentage of 50.5, the senior could finish among the top 10 in SJU history for career field goal percentage.
JEKYLL-HYDE: Coming off a dismal performance at UMass in which the Hawks scored just 15 first-half points and shot 4-for-26 from three-point range, SJU turned in their best shooting performance of the year to defeat St. Bonaventure. Against SBU, the Hawks hit for 66.7 percent in the first half and 61.5 percent in the game. They converted 64.7 percent from beyond the arc, including a sizzling 5-for-7 in the second half.
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 1,501-1,007 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 3 150 Atlantic 10 victories - needs 1 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 (504). Bill Ferguson, who was the Hawks' mentor from 1928 to 1953, coached 517 games, and holds the school record for victories with 309.
AT THE LINE: If Langston Galloway maintains his current free throw percentage of 89.3 percent by 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.
TAKING CARE OF THE BALL: The Hawks have limited the turnovers as of late, and Phil Martelli has seen that as a key to the three A-10 wins. SJU has averaged 7.8 in the past six games, which includes just eight against #24 Xavier and seven vs. #23 Temple. On the year, Saint Joseph's is averaging 11.1 turnovers and forcing about the same number, 11.2, to rank 19th in the nation in turnovers.
AROUND THE BLOCK: C.J. Aiken's remarkable total of 103 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.
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 averaging 6.5 points per game and 24.6 minutes. Prior to that, he was averaging just 7.5 minutes per game.
BLOCK PARTY: Led by C.J. Aiken, the Hawks top the Atlantic 10 in blocks per game, with 4.1 overall and 5.8 in league games. Aiken ranks third in the nation while Saint Joseph's ranks 16th. 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.
ON TARGET: Idris Hilliard ranks 10th in career field goal percentage, with his current percentage of .505, just behind Tony Costner, who converted 50.8 percent in the early 1980's.
LOOKING AHEAD: Saint Joseph's closes out the regular season at Charlotte on March 5 with an A-10 Tournament berth on the line.