Feb. 18, 2005
PHILADELPHIA - The Saint Joseph's men's basketball team will close out a five-game homestand on Saturday, hosting St. Bonaventure at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse at 4 p.m. The game will be televised locally by Comcast Sports Net and can be heard via the Saint Joseph's Sports Network on WPEN Radio (950 AM).
ABOUT THE HAWKS: The Hawks have won five straight Atlantic 10 games and five of their last six contests. Saint Joseph's is 13-9 overall and in first place in the Atlantic 10 East with a 10-1 mark.
ABOUT THE BONNIES: St. Bonaventure is 2-21 overall and 1-11 in the Atlantic 10. SBU defeated Rhode Island last Saturday, but lost at Xavier, 67-54, on Wednesday night.
TV/RADIO: The game is an Atlantic 10 TV Network broadcast which will be seen locally on Comcast SportsNet with Scott Graham and John Griffin calling the action. Other outlets clearing the game are ESPN Fullcourt; MSG; FSN-Ohio; NESN; FSN-Pittsburgh; WGSR (NC); Time 98 (Rochester); and Time Syracuse (delayed 9:30 pm). The Saint Joseph's Sports Network will broadcast the game on WPEN Radio (950 AM) with the team of Tom McCarthy and Joe Lunardi. McCarthy is in his second year as play-by-play announcer and Lunardi is in his 15th as the Hawks' color analyst. The contest can also be heard via streaming audio on the Saint Joseph's website at www.sjuhawks.com and on Sirius Satellite Radio.
NEXT GAME: Tue., Feb. 22 at Temple, Liacouras Center, 7 p.m. Comcast SportsNet (A-10 TV)
LAST TIME OUT: SJU defeated Richmond, 49-36, in one of the lowest scoring games since the advent of the shot clock and the 3-point shot. The Hawks jumped out quickly, taking a 19-6 lead in the first nine minutes, but then hit a severe dry spell, scoring just four points the rest of the half to lead, 23-19. In the second half, it took Saint Joseph's 13 minutes to score 13 points, while Richmond managed just five points during that stretch. It was SJU's lowest point total since Dec. 1, 1998 and was the fewest combined points in a Saint Joseph's game since the 1981 NCAA East Regional Semifinals when the Hawks defeated Boston College, 42-41. The Hawks' shooters struggled, with Pat Carroll going 2-for-10 from 3-point range and finishing with 10 points. Dwayne Lee had 13 points and Dwayne Jones posted 11 points and 15 rebounds.
JEKYLL-HYDE: The SJU team which beat Temple and the squad which beat Richmond were two totally different teams - in a span of four days. In the Temple win, the Hawks shot 47.8 percent from the field, scored 69 points, had 17 assists and 11 turnovers. Against Richmond, SJU shot 31 percent, scored 49 points, had only seven assists and 16 turnovers.
ICE COLD: It was a bad shooting night all around for SJU players in the low-scoring Richmond game. Chet Stachitas missed all eight shots from the field and scored his only points from the foul line. Pat Carroll made two of his first three 3-point attempts, but then went on to miss eight straight. The Hawks went 5-for-24 from 3-point range and overall, 14-for-45.
EXCLUSIVE CLUB: Pat Carroll became the latest Hawk to join the 1,000-career point club, when he scored 16 points against Villanova. The senior entered the game needing 16 and reached the milestone with a free throw at 4:56 of the second half. Carroll is the 42nd player in school history to achieve the mark and now has 1,037, to rank 37th on the all-time list.
TOPPING THE LIST: Pat Carroll reached his second milestone in a week when he became the Hawks' all-time leader in 3-point field goals after hitting six against Temple. Carroll has 235 in his career, surpassing Marvin O'Connor (231) and Jameer Nelson (229).
MARTELLI'S MARK: The win over Temple was Phil Martelli's 100th in Atlantic 10 play giving him a 100-54 record. He owns the second most victories in A-10 play among active coaches and ranks third on the A-10's all-time coaching list for conference regular season victories, behind Temple's John Chaney (284) and former West Virginia coach Gale Catlett (180). Martelli reached another mark as he coached the 300th game of his career against Richmond on February 16.
SCHOLAR-ATHLETE: Chet Stachitas has been named to the 2005 ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District 2 Men's Basketball Team, and will be a candidate for Academic All-America honors. The junior marketing major owns a 3.2 cumulative grade-point average. He has been named to the Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll twice and the SJU Athletic Director's Honor Roll three times. Stachitas served as an Orientation Team Leader for the University's freshman class in 2004.
ALWAYS FIRST: The Hawks extended their first-place lead to two games over Temple in the East, with the victory on Feb. 12. Saint Joseph's has been in first place or in a tie for first for all but seven days this season. The loss to Dayton on Jan. 19 bumped the Hawks out of first place for a week. Prior to the Dayton loss, SJU's upperclassmen had only been out of first place in the Atlantic 10 for one day in four seasons - January 12, 2002. The Hawks have won four straight Atlantic 10 division crowns and are hoping to become the only team other than UMass to win five consecutive, as the Minutemen did it from 1991 to 1996.