Jan. 7, 2011
PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's (5-9; 0-1) is seeking its first conference win of the season when it hosts George Washington on Saturday, January 8 at Hagan Arena at 4 p.m.
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GAME NOTES: The Hawks opened conference play on Wednesday with a 75-63 loss to Duquesne. 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 reach 500 games coached with 10 more. He also owns the most Atlantic 10 wins among active coaches, with 146. Leading scorer Carl Jones has scored double figures in 13 of 14 games this year, with five games of 20-plus points. Freshman C.J. Aiken ranks eighth in the nation in blocked shots and leads the Atlantic 10 with 3.4 per game. Freshman Langston Galloway tops the Atlantic 10 in free throw percentage, hitting 93.3 percent. SJU is fielding its youngest team ever under Phil Martelli with two seniors, one junior, four sophomores and five freshmen. The starting lineup has included three freshmen, which is the most ever under Martelli. This is SJU's sixth game at Hagan Arena this season. The Hawks are 2-3 on their homecourt. It is the first time Saint Joseph's and GW are meeting on Hawk Hill since Feb. 14, 2007, a 62-56 win by the Hawks.
AST TIME OUT: Duquesne built up a double-digit lead early in the game and stopped Saint Joseph's second-half rally, to defeat the Hawks, 75-63, in the A-10 opener at Hagan Arena. Saint Joseph's was paced by freshman Ronald Roberts who notched career-highs of 13 points and 10 rebounds, to become the first Hawk to record a double-double this season. Duquesne took control from the start and by the 13:50 mark, held an 18-8 lead. The Dukes forced the Hawks into 12 turnovers and a 9-for-24 shooting effort, building the lead up to 31-15 with 8:55 to play. Free throws gave DU a 42-22 lead with 1:56 left in the half and the visitors led 42-26 at the intermission. Duquesne took its biggest lead of the game, 56-33 at 14:21, but the Hawks would put together a 13-1 run to close the gap, beginning with a three from Galloway. Roberts would contribute four points, three rebounds and three blocks in the spurt, which ended with a layup by Carl Jones to pull the Hawks within 57-46 at 6:56. But back-to-back three pointers to increase Duquesne's margin to 63-48 with 5:50 remaining. Saint Joseph's cut the deficit to 11 points one more time, 72-61, on a tip-in by Galloway, but ran out of time as just 1:18 remained.
1500 CLUB: With two more victories, Saint Joseph's will reach 1,500 wins in the program's history. The Hawks currently own a 1,498-995 record in 102 seasons. SJU will become one of 35 programs to reach the plateau.
GIVING IT AWAY: After going four straight games with less than 10 turnovers, the Hawks fell victim to Duquesne's pressing defense and tied their season-high with 19 turnovers. SJU had recorded a season-low five turnovers against Siena on Dec. 31. On the year the Hawks are averaging 12.6 per game while forcing 11.9 by the opponents.
IT'S HERE: The all-important conference season is upon the Hawks and they will be looking to get off to a better start than last year's 1-3 start. The Hawks played three of the four on the road and lost to Temple, defeated Fordham, and then dropped games to Rhode Island and St. Bonaventure. SJU finished the 2009-10 A-10 with a 5-11 record.
DOUBLED UP: Freshman Ronald Roberts recorded the Hawks' first double-double of the season against Duquesne when he had career-highs of 13 points and 10 rebounds in 26 minutes off the bench. Roberts also blocked a personal best three shots while going 5-for-7 from the foul line. The freshman had four points, three rebounds and three blocks during a 13-1 run that saw the Hawks pull within 11 points.
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 10 Martelli will join an exclusive group of head coaches in A-10 history that have recorded 300 wins - John Chaney of Temple had 516 while Gale Catlett of West Virginia notched 333 for West Virginia (1979-95).
JONES-IN': Carl "Tay" Jones has recorded double-figures in 13 of 14 games and has scored 20-plus points five 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 17.7 scoring average, while ranking sixth in the A-10.
LANGSTON'S LINE: Freshman Langston Galloway has been putting up solid all-around numbers for the Hawks. He recorded a season best of 24 points at Boston University, while making 6-of-8 from 3-point range. He scored 20 points in his conference debut against Duquesne and has tallied 20-plus points on four occasions. He currently ranks second on the team in scoring (13.0), but leads the team in rebounding (5.7), assists (2.8), free throw percentage (93.3) and assist/turnover ratio (2.5).
LONG-TIME COMING: The win at Holy Cross ended the Hawks' six-game losing streak and marked their first victory in December. It was SJU's longest skid since a seven-game streak in 2008-09. SJU went 2-6 in December after going 3-2 in November. The Hawks have now won two in a row. The longest winning streak recorded by SJU last season was a three games, on two occasions.
NEW TO THE NEST: Papa Samba Ndao (pronounced NUH-doe) is the newest member of the Hawks. The freshman began attending classes and practicing with the team on December 30 and despite being eligible immediately, will redshirt the season. Ndao, a 6-8, 215 lb. forward who is originally from Dakar, Senegal, played scholastically at Montverde Academy in Florida. He averaged 10 points and for a team which had four Division I signees.
CLASS DISTINCTION: At almost the halfway point of the season, Phil Martelli won't use the Hawks' youth as any kind of excuse. "The year in school doesn't mean anything. There are five players out there who have practiced and prepared. And they were the most prepared group that we had. You just have to be a basketball player and some of them were basketball players tonight," he said after the Duquesne game.
WELCOME HOME: SJU closes out its three-game homestand today with just the sixth contest played at Hagan Arena this season. SJU has played in Philadelphia seven times this year, counting the game vs. Rutgers at The Palestra. The Hawks will be rewarded for their early-season travels as they will play all but two games in Philadelphia during the month of January. SJU is 2-3 this year at Hagan Arena.
LOOKING AHEAD: The Hawks go on the road for a Midwestern trip to Dayton and Saint Louis on Jan. 12 and Jan. 15. Saint Joseph's returnshome on Jan. 19 to host Rhode Island.