Feb. 18, 2011
PHILADELPHIA - The Saint Joseph's men's basketball team will take on its second ranked opponent this week when it visits rival and 23rd-ranked Temple (20-5; 10-2) on Sunday. Game time is 4 p.m. at the Liacouras Center, with the telecast on Comcast SportsNet.
Audio streaming of the game will be available on SJUHawks.com. The audio stream, with Matt Martucci and Joe Lunardi calling the action is available free of charge. Click here to listen.
GAME NOTES: Leading scorer Carl Jones has scored double figures in 22 of 24 games this year, with nine games of 20-plus points. He missed the 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 4.0 per game and 4.9 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, breaking the previous mark of 95 held by all-time blocks leader Rodney Blake. Freshman Langston Galloway was named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week for the second straight week after matching his career-high with 25 points in the win over Fordham. 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. The Owls are the second ranked opponent for the Hawks this week as SJU fell to #24 Xavier on Wednesday evening. Today's game is the Big 5 matchup between the two rivals. The Hawks are seeking their first City Series win of the season.
AST TIME OUT: Mark Lyons had 24 points on 10-for-14 shooting to lead 24th-ranked Xavier to a 74-54 win over Saint Joseph's at Hagan Arena. Idris Hilliard led SJU with 13 points with Langston Galloway scoring 11. Saint Joseph's started out strong and with Hilliard scoring 10 points in the first 11 minutes, the Hawks led by as many as five points. But the final four minutes would change the game as Xavier outscored the Hawks, 13-2, during that span to take a 34-27 lead at halftime. A three-pointer by Lyons and three-point play by Kenny Frease gave Xavier a 31-25 lead and then Tu Holloway scored his only points of the half when he converted three free throws with a second remaining. Xavier built up a 13-point lead, 40-27, in the first few minutes of the second half. The Hawks came as close as 45-37 at 13:31, but the Musketeers would score six straight to own a 51-37 lead with 10:14 to play. Xavier never let the lead get smaller than 16 points, but built it up to 21, 70-48, on free throws by Holloway with 2:04 to play. Saint Joseph's shot just 24 percent in the second half, and was just 2-for-9 from three-point range.
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 1,500-1,005 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 (501). 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 honors for two weeks in a row and three times this season.
FRIENDLY FOES: Phil Martelli and Fran Dunphy are very good friends and share a passion for their work in the community. The coaches are co-chairs of the Philadelphia Coaches vs. Cancer effort, which is one of the nation's highest fundraising groups for Coaches vs. Cancer. The group, which is comprised of the city's six Division I coaches and their wives, raised close to $1 million last year.
KEY TO THE CITY: The Hawks are 0-4 this year against city teams after losses to Drexel, Villanova, Penn and La Salle.
BRAGGING RIGHTS: Saint Joseph's is 0-3 in the Big 5 this year and is looking to avoid an 0-4 Big 5 record. It would mark the first time since 1998-99 that SJU was winless in the City Series (0-2), although only two games were played that year. SJU has gone 0-4 in the Big 5 only twice in history - in 1976-77 and 1977-78. Saint Joseph's has won a total of 19 Big 5 titles (9 outright/10 shared), which is third all-time to Temple's 25 titles (6/19 shared). HAWKS VS. THE POLLS: Saint Joseph's last victories over Top 25 teams came in 2007-08 when it defeated Xavier twice in a span of two weeks. The Hawks topped #8 Xavier, 71-66, on March 6, 2008, in the final game at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse, and then beat the 12th-ranked Musketeers on March 14 in the A-10 Semifinals. Temple is the fourth-ranked team the Hawks will face this year - Xavier, Villanova and Minnesota were the others.
AT THE LINE: If Langston Galloway maintains or betters his current free throw percentage of 89.2 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 100 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 4.0 overall and 4.9 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.
SENIOR MOMENT: Senior Charoy Bentley took advantage of the opportunity given to him in the 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.
LOOKING AHEAD: Saint Joseph's returns to the road to face UMass for the second time this season on Wednesday. The Hawks will host St. Bonaventure on Saturday, Feb. 26.