Feb. 11, 2011
PHILADELPHIA - The Saint Joseph's men's basketball team will return from its week layoff, and its win over UMass, to face Fordham (6-16; 0-10) on Sunday at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J. Game time is 4 p.m. with the live telecast on The Comcast Network.
The game is part of the CBS College Sports syndicated package and will also be seen on Fios New York with Tom McCarthy and Pete Gillen calling the action.
Audio and video 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: A Saint Joseph's win today would be the 1,500th victory in the 102 seasons of the program. Leading scorer Carl Jones has scored double figures in 21 of 22 games this year, with nine games of 20-plus points. He missed the UMass win with a sprained right ankle, but is probable for today's game. 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 3.8 per game and 4.7 in conference games only. The nation's leader is William Mosley of NW Louisiana, with 4.8 per game. Freshman Langston Galloway was named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week after scoring a career-high 25 points to help the Hawks to a 67-64 win over UMass, which ended SJU's nine-game losing streak. He was also named to the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight Honor Roll. Phil Martelli is in his 16th year as Saint Joseph's head coach, and his 26th year on Hawk Hill. He will coach his 500th game today, while the contest will also mark his 250th Atlantic 10 game. Martelli owns the most Atlantic 10 wins among active coaches with 147. Carl Jones needs six points to reach 700 for his career. Today's game is part of the nationwide Jesuit Basketball Spotlight project, using basketball to raise awareness of Jesuit education. Both Saint Joseph's and Fordham are Jesuit schools. The Hawks are 2-2 this year in the JBS, having defeated Fairfield and Holy Cross and falling to Creighton and Saint Louis.
LAST TIME OUT: Langston Galloway scored a career-high 25 points to lead Saint Joseph's to a 67-64 win over Massachusetts at Hagan Arena. The win ended a nine-game losing streak for the Hawks and gave them their first conference victory of the year. The Hawks did it without leading scorer Carl Jones, was sidelined with a sprained ankle. Senior Charoy Bentley replaced Jones and scored five points and had no turnovers in 32 minutes, while SJU had a balanced attack with all eight players in the game notching at least one point. Galloway, who shot 8-for-12 from the field, hit a three with eight minutes left to give SJU its biggest lead of the game, 50-37. But UMass fought back and went on a 13-2 run to cut the Hawks' lead to 52-50 as Freddie Riley hit one of his four three-pointers in that half. A pair of free throws gave SJU a cushion, but Riley again connected on a long-range three to pull the Minutemen within 57-56 with 3:21 remaining. Each time the Hawks upped their lead to four points, UMass would answer with another three to get the Minutemen within 65-64 with 18 seconds to play. Idris Hilliard helped seal it for the Hawks with four free throws in the final 27 seconds. Daryus Quarles scored 11 for the Hawks while Patrick Swilling finished with a season-best eight points. UMass led for most of the first half until the Hawks closed out the period with a 11-3 run to take a 27-23 lead at intermission.
1500 CLUB: With a victory today, Saint Joseph's would reach 1,500 wins in the program's history. The Hawks currently own a 1,499-1,004 record in 102 seasons. SJU would become 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 5 150 Atlantic 10 victories - needs 3 Today's game will be the 500th coached by Martelli while it will also be his 250th Atlantic 10 game.
PHILLY 500: With today being his 500th game, Phil Martelli has coached the second most games in school history. Bill Ferguson, who was the Hawks' mentor from 1928 to 1953, coached 517 games, and holds the school record for victories with 309.
SCENE OF THE CRIME: This is Saint Joseph's first visit to this arena since the Hawks' heartbreaking 64-62 loss to Oklahoma State in the 2004 NCAA Elite Eight on March 27, 2004. During that magical year, SJU went 27-0 during the regular season, was ranked number one in the nation for a week and finished with a best-ever 30-2 record. Phil Martelli and Jameer Nelson were named the consensus National Coach and Player of the Year.
IT'S OVER: Lasting a month, the Hawks' nine-game losing streak came to an end on Feb. 5 with the win over UMass, which was SJU's first of 2011. The losing streak was the second longest in school history as the 1974-75 squad dropped a school-record 12 in a row.
LANGSTON'S LINE: Freshman Langston Galloway turned in his best effort of the season to help the Hawks beat UMass for their first conference victory. The freshman scored a career-high 25 points on 8-for-12 shooting, while hitting 6-of-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, which were his first misses of the season in conference play. He was named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week for his efforts, marking the second time this year he earned the honor. Galloway has tallied 20-plus points on five occasions and ranks second on the team in scoring (11.4), but leads the team in rebounding (5.8), free throw percentage (90.0) and assist/turnover ratio (2.3). REJECTION NOTICE: Freshman C.J. Aiken continues to make his presence known in the middle with his talent for blocking shots, averaging 3.8 overall and 4.7 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. Phil Martelli said, "C.J. has become more of a presence defensively. When you can walk out as a freshman with nine blocks that's something. But we have to get more than face-up jumpers. We have to get some baskets when he outruns people. It's a bright future but we just need it to be today." Here are his top efforts this season: 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 5.6 overall and 6.2 in league games. Aiken ranks second in the nation while Saint Joseph's ranks 12th. 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.
STEPPING UP: 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. "I got the opportunity and I stepped up to the plate. Being a senior I had to do what I had to do. We really needed this win. We hadn't won in a while," said Bentley.
EVERYBODY INTO THE ACT: All eight players who saw action in the UMass game got into the scoring column. That marked just the second time this year that has happened. Patrick Swilling had a season-best eight points in the win while Todd O'Brien was singled out by Phil Martelli for setting two crucial screens in the victory.
BOOST OFF THE BENCH: Ronald Roberts provides the Hawks with energy and athleticism off the bench, but has made three starts this season (Penn, Richmond, UMass). He put together three consecutive games of double figures (Penn, La Salle, Temple) in which he averaged 14.3 points and 5.3 rebounds while shooting 67.8 percent from the field, with a season-high of 17 points vs. Temple.
AROUND THE BLOCK: C.J. Aiken's remarkable total of 88 blocked shots this season already ranks as the fifth best single-season total in school history. The record is 121 by Rodney Blake in 1985-86.
ALL-AROUND FROSH: Langston Galloway is one of three freshmen in the nation to average at least 10.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists. Central Michigan's Trey Zeigler and Navy's J.J. Avila are the others.
LOOKING AHEAD: Saint Joseph's returns home to host Xavier on Feb. 16 before visiting Temple on Feb. 20.