Feb. 16, 2006
KINGSTON, RI - The Saint Joseph's men's basketball will play outside of Philadelphia for the first time in five games when it meets Rhode Island on Saturday at the Ryan Center. The 4 p.m. game will be televised in Philadelphia on Comcast SportsNet.
The Hawks (10-12; 4-7) have lost three in row, to Top 10 teams Villanova and George Washington, and city rival Temple. Rhode Island is 12-10 and 6-5 in the league.
The game can also be heard on the Saint Joseph's Sports Network via SportsTalk 950 (WPEN-AM) with Tom McCarthy and Joe Lunardi calling the action.
The contest will be an A-10 TV Network telecast and can be seen regionally on the following outlets: MSG; Fox Sports Ohio; Fox Sports Pittsburgh, NESN; CSN-DC; Time Warner Charlotte; Cox (RI); WGSR (NC); Time Warner Rochester; Charlotte Channel 22; and Time Warner Syracuse.
The Hawks return home to play back-to-back games in Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse for the first time this season. SJU hosts Fordham on Feb. 22 and Richmond on Feb. 25.
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SAINT JOSEPH'S NOTES: CHANGING IT UP: Pat Calathes made his second start of the year, replacing Abdulai Jalloh in the lineup at Temple. Phil Martelli cited a new look and Jalloh's struggles for the change. Calathes had a team-high four assists to go with five points in the loss. Jalloh still scored double figures, with 11 points. Martelli has changed the starters a few times this year, with the most significant being Dave Mallon replacing Ahmad Nivins in the 14th game (Charlotte). Mallon started five straight before missing the St. Bonaventure and Villanova contests with a sprained ankle allowing Alvin Mofunanya to get his first career starts.
SURE SHOTS: One thing consistent with this year's Hawks has been the free throw shooting. After leading the nation for two weeks, SJU is now second with 78.6 percent, just behind Gonzaga (79.3). The team's performance is a definite improvement from last year when SJU hovered around the 50 to 60 percent mark at the line. Chet Stachitas is now the team's leader at 82.3 percent, with four of five starters converting 75 percent or better, and two of them hitting better than 80 percent. The Hawks used it to their advantage against La Salle, hitting a season-high 33 of 39 free throws.
GIVING IT AWAY: SJU committed 19 turnovers at Temple, including 10 in the second half. That matched the season-high established in the first game of the season, a win over Lafayette. The Hawks have turned it over 25 times in the last two games.
OFF THE MARK: Since making 14-of-26 3-point field goals in the win over Temple (Jan. 8), the Hawks have struggled from beyond the arc. In the eight games that followed, SJU has made just 55-of-203 of its 3-point attempts (27.1 percent) and is hitting 33.3% overall. The team had a season-low 1-for-21 effort against GW.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN: The Hawks are back on the road after playing seven of the last nine games in Philadelphia. SJU was on the road for most of the early portion of the schedule, as only one of its first nine games was in Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse. The Hawks are 5-7 on the road this year and 1-4 in league away games.
PAT THE PLAYMAKER: Pat Calathes has seen quality minutes as of late and and has shown the ability to find the open man. In the last four games, he's averaging 3.5 assists, well over his season average of 1.45.
JALLOH'S JUMPER: The Hawks are hoping that leading scorer Abdulai Jalloh can get back on track. In the last three games, the sophomore is shooting just 9-for-38 (23.6%) from the field and 2-for-18 (11.1%) from 3-point range. In SJU's 10 wins, Jalloh has scored double figures in nine of them.