Nov. 23, 2009
ST. THOMAS, V.I. - Saint Joseph's (3-1) will close out play in the 2009 Paradise Jam on Monday evening, facing DePaul (2-1) in the consolation game at 6 p.m. EST (7 p.m. Atlantic). The game will be televised locally on The Comcast Network and nationally on Fox Sports Net.
The game will also be carried on WNTP Radio (990 AM) with audio streaming available on www.sjuhawks.com.
GAME STORIES Carl Jones was named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week on Nov. 22 as he averaged 17.5 points in wins over Holy Cross and Boston College. Tonight marks the 450th career game coached by Phil Martelli. The Hawk mentor is 281-168 in his 15 seasons. Saint Joseph's scored an 84-80 win over Boston College in the Paradise Jam first round, behind 18 points from Garrett Williamson. It marked the fourth consecutive win over the Eagles, with the previous coming in 2003-04. Phil Martelli is in his 15th season as head coach and his 25th at the University. Martelli served as an assistant coach for 10 years on the staffs of Jim Boyle and John Griffin. Saint Joseph's is marking the Centennial of SJU Basketball this year, as the inaugural season took place in 1909-10.
LAST TIME OUT: Saint Joseph's fell to No. 7 Purdue, 85-60, in the semifinals of the Paradise Jam Tournament. The Hawks, who trailed just 31-30 at halftime, were outscored 54-30 in the second stanza. Garrett Williamson scored a team-high 12 points for the Hawks. SJU got off to another good start and jumped out to an 18-9 lead on Purdue. The Hawks shot 44 percent from the field and made 5-of-7 3-pointers. But the Boilermakers turned up the defensive pressure and held Saint Joseph's without a field goal for four minutes en route to taking a 27-26 lead with 3:27 to play. Purdue started the second half with an 11-0 run and then outscored the Hawks, 23-2, in the first eight minutes, thus creating a 20-point deficit for Saint Joseph's (54-34). The Hawks would trim the margin to 14 points, but Purdue hit three consecutive 3-pointers to put the game out of reach. Saint Joseph's had a season-high 23 turnovers and saw Purdue scored 32 points off those giveaways.
A TALE OF TWO HALVES: Things went fairly well for the Hawks in the first half against Purdue by the tide quickly turned by the start of the second. In the first half, SJU shot 44 percent, made 5-of-7 3-pointers and outrebounded the Boilermakers, 20-17. But Purdue started the second half with an 11-0 run and its defensive pressure forced the Hawks into 37.5 percent shooting and just 1-of-8 from 3-point range.
MEMORABLE GAME: Saint Joseph's and DePaul had one of the most memorable games in Hawk history on March 14, 1981 in the NCAA Second Round in Dayton. It was one of the most improbable upsets in NCAA history as the Hawks defeated #1 DePaul, 49-48. John Smith put in a layup at the buzzer to stun the Blue Demons in the Hawks' first-ever national tv appearance. The play developed when DePaul missed a free throw with 13 seconds left. Bryan Warrick rebounded, dribbled through the Blue Demons and passed to Lonnie McFarlan, who then fed Smith for the gamewinner.
DAZZLING DEBUT: Freshman Carl Jones was named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week for Nov. 22 as he averaged 17.0 in two wins. The 5-11 guard has come off the bench and scored double figures in three pf four games, with a high of 18 vs. Holy Cross. Jones hit three 3-pointers against Boston College, while tallying 16 points. Physically, Jones may be slight, but Phil Martelli praised the freshman after the Holy Cross win, saying, "He's got a big ticker. At the end of games, guys need to be willing to miss a shot, not just take a shot. And he's willing to do that. And that bodes well."
IN FINE COMPANY: The Paradise Jam has provided the Hawks with top-notch competition at such an early date, as they will have played teams from the ACC, the Big Ten and the Big East.
TURNING IT OVER: Turnovers have plagued the Hawks and they had a season-high 23 in the loss to Purdue. SJU had 19 in the season opener against Drexel and is now averaging 16.0 per game. SJU took better care of the ball against Holy Cross, with just 11 turnovers.
STEADY AS THEY COME: Senior Garrett Williamson showed true leadership down the stretch against Boston College as he tallied 10 in the final two minutes, including 7-of-8 free throws.
HOT HAND: Darrin Govens definitely had it in the second half of the BC win, as he hit three of his game-high four 3-pointers in a span of six minutes. Govens tops the team with 15 3-pointers made this year.
CLOSE CALLS: After three games with a combined victory margin of seven points, the Hawks suffered a 25-point loss to #7 Purdue.
LOOKING AHEAD: After play in this week's tournament, the Hawks will visit Rider on Nov. 30. They don't play again in Philadelphia until Dec. 9 when they host rival Villanova at The Palestra.