March 9, 2011
PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's will take on Duquesne in the Atlantic 10 Quarterfinals on Friday, March 11 at 2:30 p.m. at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. The Hawks earned the trip by way of their 71-59 upset of George Washington in the Opening Round on Wednesday evening. It marked the first time in the 12-team tournament format, established in 2006, that the 12th seed defeated the fifth seed.
Single-sesion tickets are available for purchase through Boardwalk Hall (BoardwalkHall.com) or Ticketmaster at 800-736-1420 or Ticketmaster.com. Ticket prices are $55, $30, $25 and $15 (students). The first game on Friday will pit Xavier against Dayton at noon.
The Hawks' game with Duquesne will be televised by Comcast SportsNet in Philadelphia. SJU fans all over the nation will be able to view the game as part of CBS College Sports syndication package with telecasts on the following outlets: Comcast SportsNet Southeast; Time Warner Rochester & Buffalo; Cox Rhode Island; Comcast SportsNet Massachusetts; The Comcast Network Pittsburgh; Comcast SportsNet New England and Fox Sports Ohio.
The game will also be broadcast on WNTP Radio (990 AM) with audio streaming of the game available on SJUHawks.com free of charge. Click here to listen.
A win by SJU would advance the Hawks to the semifinals at 1 p.m. on Saturday against the Xavier/Dayton winner.
GAME NOTES: After scoring its first conference win of the year on Feb. 5, the Hawks have won two in a row, and five of their last nine games, including the overtime win at George Washington. Saint Joseph's is seeking its first appearance in the conference semifinals since 2008. Langston Galloway was chosen to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team, becoming the 14th Hawk to earn the honor, and the first since 2006-07. Phil Martelli needs one win to notch the 300th of his career. He recorded his 150th Atlantic 10 win at Charlotte and owns the most conference wins among active coaches with 150. Langston Galloway was named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week and the Big 5 Co-Player of the Week as he scored a career-high 27 points and hit the game-winning free throw to lead the Hawks to the win over Charlotte. It was his fifth A-10 weekly honor, tying T.J. McConnell of Duquesne for the league high this season. Leading scorer Carl Jones has scored double figures in 27 of 30 games this year, with nine games of 20-plus points. He missed the UMass game on Feb. 5 with a sprained ankle. C.J. Aiken ranks third in the nation in blocked shots and is the highest ranked freshman. He leads the Atlantic 10 with 3.7 per game. He is seven shy of the single-season school record of 121 set by Rodney Blake. The Hawks have set the school record with 175 this season. The winner of today's game will face the Xavier-Dayton winner in the semifinals on Saturday at 1 p.m.
MARTELLI MILESTONES: Head coach Phil Martelli needs just one win to achieve 300 victories for his career. At Charlotte, he notched his 150th Atlantic 10 victory. 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 (507). Bill Ferguson, who was the Hawks' mentor from 1928 to 1953, coached 517 games, and holds the school record for victories with 309.
HISTORY MAKERS: The Hawks' win over GW marked the first time that the 12th seed had ever beaten a fifth seed in the current format of the Atlantic 10 Championship which began in 2006.
BACKS TO THE WALL: For the second year in a row, the Hawks clinched the final A-10 berth on the last day of the season. SJU defeated Charlotte to earn another game while last year, the Hawks beat city rival La Salle, 74-59, in Hagan Arena to earn the 12th seed in the tournament. And facing the possible end of their season on Wednesday night, upset fifth-seeded George Washington to advance to the quarterfinals. TOURNAMENT FIXTURE: The Hawks qualified for their 29th consecutive Atlantic 10 Tournament, and have played in every one since joining the league in 1981-82.
TOURNEY TALES: Saint Joseph's has posted a 31-26 all-time record in the Atlantic 10 Tournament and owns the second most wins in conference history behind Temple (52). The Hawks have reached the semifinals 13 times, with the most recent being in 2008, when SJU defeated Xavier to advance to the final. Saint Joseph's has played in the championship game five times (1986, 1997, 2005, 2006, 2008), winning titles in 1986 and 1997.
BOARDWALK EMPIRE: Saint Joseph's owns an all-time record of 8-3 in this building (previously named the Atlantic City Convention Center). In 1982-83, SJU won the Atlantic City Classic, defeating Illinois-Chicago and Northeastern. In Phil Martelli's second season, the Hawks defeated #21 Tulsa, 67-64, in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic on Dec. 7, 1996. SJU is 5-3 in Atlantic 10 Tournament games played at Boardwalk Hall, having advanced to the final against Temple in 2008.
FOR OPENERS: SJU owns an 11-3 all-time record in Atlantic 10 First Round games and a 13-12 record in A-10 Quarterfinals. The Hawks' last appearance in the Quarterfinals was in 2009, a 79-75 loss to Temple. MARTELLI IN MARCH: SJU has traditionally put on some strong runs in the month of March. In the past five seasons, counting this one, the Hawks have compiled a 25-15 record. Saint Joseph's is 2-1 in March thus far this year, and has won five of its last nine games.
BATTLING THE DUKES: Saint Joseph's has met Duquesne three times in the Atlantic 10 Tournament owning a 2-1 record. In the last meeting on March 6, 1996 (Phila. Civic Center), SJU came back from a nine-point second half deficit to score an 80-72 win in overtime as current assistant coach Mark Bass tallied 20 points. On March 3, 1990 at The Palestra, Duquesne won easily, 96-70. Saint Joseph's edged Duquesne on in the semifinals on March 1, 1986 at the Meadowlands as Wayne Williams made one free throw to give the Hawks the 60-59 win. SJU would go on to defeat West Virginia to claim its first A-10 title.
HEATING UP: Saint Joseph's young team has put it together in the latter part of the year. The Hawks have won five of nine games since picking up their first conference win of the season on Feb. 5. During this nine-game stretch, Langston Galloway is averaging 18.0 points per game and shooting a blistering 52.7 percent from three-point range and 48 percent from the field. As a team, SJU is averaging 63.9 points and turning the ball over just 8.1 times per game, while scoring 70-plus points in four of the five victories. In the nine games, Carl Jones is averaging 13.6 ppg.
MARTELLI AND THE CHAMPIONSHIP: There's one common thread in the two Atlantic 10 titles won by Saint Joseph's (1986 and 1997), and it's that Phil Martelli was a part of both of them. Martelli was an assistant coach under the late Jim Boyle during the 1986 title run and then after taking over as head coach in 1995-96, led Saint Joseph's to its second A-10 crown in 1997. PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE: Langston Galloway, who had 27 points in the Hawks' win over Charlotte, didn't take his first shot until 8:14 remained in the half, but converted the three-pointer to give the Hawks a 20-12 lead. He would score 15 points in the game, playing 44 minutes, and converted 6-of-6 from the foul line in the overtime period.
ROOKIE ACCOLADES: Langston Galloway was named to the 2011 Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team, in a vote of the league's 14 coaches. He becomes the 14th Hawk to earn All-Rookie honors and the first since 2006-07 (Jawan Carter). Galloway earned the league's Rookie of the Week honors five times, which tied Duquesne's T.J. McConnell for the league's high this season. He ranks second on the Hawks in scoring with his 12.9 average. He also leads Saint Joseph's in rebounding (5.4), free throw percentage (89.0), steals (1.6) and assist/turnover ratio (2.3) and is the conference's leader in free throw percentage in overall games. Galloway scored double figures in 19 games this season and had eight games of 20-plus points. He notched a career-high 27 points twice in the past three games, the victories over St. Bonaventure and Charlotte.
LANGSTON'S LINE: Langston Galloway tied his career-high with 27 points to lead the Hawks to the win over Charlotte and was named the A-10 Rookie of the Week for the fifth time this year, and the fourth time in the past five weeks. He was also chosen the Big 5 Co-Player of the Week. The freshman shot 8-for-11 from the field against the 49ers and made 6-of-7 three-pointers, while hitting the game-winning free throw with 4.1 seconds to go.
DYNAMIC DUO: The backcourt combination of Carl Jones and Langston Galloway has accounted for 43 percent of the Hawks' scoring this year (860 points) and has made 59 percent of SJU's three-point field goals. Together, the pair has taken 41 percent of SJU's field goal attempts and 49 percent of the Hawks' three-point attempts. The players combined for 47 of the Hawks' 79 points in the win over St. Bonaventure, shooting 12-for-20 from the field and 7-for-10 from three-point range. At Charlotte, the duo totalled 46 of SJU's 71 points, while hitting 8-of-13 three pointers.
MAKING THEIR MARK: There are a few individual statistical efforts that may rank among the top in Hawk history. Here's a list of the numbers and where they currently rank: Langston Galloway: 2nd in season FT Pct. (89.0)/ record is 89.2 C.J. Aiken: 3rd in season blocks (114)/ record is 121 - Set freshman record for blocks in a season (114) - 2nd in season block average (3.7)/ record is 3.8 Idris Hilliard: tied for 10th in career FG Pct. (50.4) Team: owns record for blocks in a season (175) - Could set record for block average in a season (5.7)
JONES-IN': Carl "Tay" Jones has recorded double-figures in 27 of 30 games and has scored 20-plus points 10 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 16.9 scoring average and ranks sixth in the A-10 through the regular season in overall scoring and fifth with 16.6 ppg in league games. He averages the most field goal attempts on the squad, taking 12.2 shots per game. Jones missed the win over UMass on Feb. 5 due to a sprained ankle, but returned to score 15 points in the win at Fordham. After scoring just eight points at UMass, Jones had 20 in the win over St. Bonaventure, as he made 10-for-13 from the foul line, and 19 at Charlotte with a 10-for-15 effort from the line.