Feb. 4, 2011
PHILADELPHIA - The Saint Joseph's men's basketball team will look to get back on the winning track when it hosts Massachusetts (13-8; 5-3) on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Hagan Arena. Live video streaming of the game will be available free of charge on Hawks All-Access.
GAME NOTES: 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 3.9 per game and 5.0 in conference games only. The nation's leader is William Mosley of NW Louisiana, with 4.7 per game. Leading scorer Carl Jones has scored double figures in 21 of 22 games this year, with nine games of 20-plus points. Freshman Langston Galloway tops the Atlantic 10 in free throw percentage, hitting 93.3 percent overall and 100 percent in conference games. Phil Martelli is in his 16th year as Saint Joseph's head coach, and his 26th year on Hawk Hill. The coach needs six wins to reach 300 for his career, and will coach his 500th game next weekend against Fordham. He will also coach his 250th Atlantic 10 game on Feb. 13. Martelli owns the most Atlantic 10 wins among active coaches with 146. SJU is fielding its youngest team ever under Phil Martelli with two seniors, one junior, four sophomores and five freshmen, and a starting lineup of three freshmen, which is the most ever under Martelli. Saint Joseph's owns a 2-5 record this season in Hagan Arena. Carl Jones needs six points to reach 700 for his career.
AST TIME OUT: Ronald Roberts dunked in a Jones miss at 15:26 to pull the Hawks within three, 39-36, at 15:32 to go. After a pair of Richmond free throws extended the lead to five, Galloway drilled a three-pointer with 14:30 to go to close the Hawks within two, but Anderson answered with a three to give Richmond a 44-39 advantage and kick off a 10-2 Spider run. Geriot scored on a putback and converted a free throw to up Richmond's lead to 57-47 with 3:26 remaining. Galloway hit a jumper with just under two minutes to go, but Richmond converted 5-of-6 free throws down the stretch to seal the win. Jones led all scorers with 21 points.
1500 CLUB: With two more victories, Saint Joseph's will reach 1,500 wins in the program's history. The Hawks currently own a 1,498-1,004 record in 102 seasons. SJU will 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 he needs to reach those marks: 300 career victories - needs 6 150 Atlantic 10 victories - needs 4 500 games coached - needs 2 250 Atlantic 10 games coached - needs 2
PHILLY 500: With his 500th game looming (Feb. 13), 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 records for victories with 325.
REJECTION NOTICE: Freshman C.J. Aiken continues to make his presence known in the middle with his talent for blocking shots, averaging 3.9 overall and 5.0 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 5.8 overall and 6.6 in league games. Aiken ranks second in the nation while Saint Joseph's ranks 10th. 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.
BOOST OFF THE BENCH: Ronald Roberts provides the Hawks with energy and athleticism off the bench, but has made two starts this season (Penn, Richmond). 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 86 blocked shots this season already ranks as the sixth best single-season total in school history. The record is 121 by Rodney Blake in 1985-86.
TAKING SOME TIME: Phil Martelli announced that as of January 31, Justin Crosgile has taken a leave of absence from the team to concentrate on personal issues. Crosgile played in 19 games in a reserve role, averaging 15.1 minutes and 4.8 points per game. The length of his leave is undetermined.
LEAGUE LEADERS: Two of the Hawks' freshmen find themselves leading the Atlantic 10 in two categories. Langston Galloway tops the A-10 in free throw percentage in overall (93.3) and conference games (1.000). C.J. Aiken ranks first in blocked shots overall (3.9) and A-10 games (5.0).
AT A LOSS: The Hawks' current nine-game losing streak is the second longest in school history. The 1974-75 squad dropped 12 in a row.
SENIOR LEADERSHIP: Idris Hilliard put together a four-game stretch (Jan. 19-29) in which he averaged 12.0 and 6.5 rebounds while shooting 60.6 percent (20-for-33) from the field. The senior, who surpassed the 800-point mark for his career against La Salle, ranks eighth in the Atlantic 10 in field goal percentage, hitting 50.7 percent. . IN FINE COMPANY: With his 10.8 scoring average, Langston Galloway is the Hawks' highest scoring freshman since Jameer Nelson averaged 12.5 ppg in 2000-01. Galloway is also the only frosh since Nelson to average double figures. The SJU scoring record for a freshman is 18.8 points per game by Bernard Blunt in 1990-91.
JONES-IN': Carl "Tay" Jones has recorded double-figures in 21 of 22 games and has scored 20-plus points nine times, including a career-best 29 points vs. Minnesota. He had a 13-game scoring streak, which dated back to last year, come to an end at Holy Cross. Jones leads the Hawks with his 17.9 scoring average and ranks fourth in the A-10. He averages the most field goal attempts on the squad, taking 13.2 shots per game.
LOOKING AHEAD: Saint Joseph's has a "bye" week and returns to action on Feb. 13 vs. Fordham at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J. The Hawks will return home to host Xavier on Feb. 16.