Feb. 15, 2005
PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's looks to improve on its league-leading 9-1 conference record when it hosts Richmond on Wednesday evening at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse. Game time is 8 p.m. for the contest which will be televised locally by CN8, the Comcast Network. The matchup will also be heard via the Saint Joseph's Sports Network on WPEN-Radio (950 AM).
ABOUT THE HAWKS: The Hawks have won four straight Atlantic 10 games and four of their last five contests. Saint Joseph's is 12-9 overall and in first place in the Atlantic 10 East with a 9-1 mark.
ABOUT THE SPIDERS: Richmond is 11-11 and 6-5 in the Atlantic 10. The Spiders have lost two in a row, to George Washington and La Salle.
Televison/Radio: The game will be televised locally by CN8, the Comcast Network, with Scott Graham and Rob Kennedy calling the action. 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: Sat., Feb. 19 vs. St. Bonaventure, Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse, 4 p.m., Comcast SportsNet (A-10 TV Network)
LAST TIME OUT: The Hawks maintained their hold on first place in the Atlantic 10 East with the 67-59 win over Temple at the Palestra. Pat Carroll hit six 3-pointers and became the school's all-time leading 3-point shooter with 233, breaking the record of 231 previously held by Marvin O'Connor. Carroll was 7 of 11 from the field and 6 of 10 from 3-point territory. Saint Joseph's led 29-21 at halftime and extended its lead to 51-33 with 9:38 remaining. Temple, which lost its fifth straight game to the Hawks, responded with a 12-2 run to close within 53-45 with 4:42 left. But two free throws by Carroll and a 3-pointer by Dwayne Lee pushed Saint Joseph's lead to 58-45 with 3:39 remaining. SJU was patient on offense and shot 47.8 percent from the field while limiting Temple to 33.3 percent shooting in the first half and just 4-of-19 from 3-point range in the game. Chet Stachitas added 15 points, Dwayne Jones had 13 rebounds and Lee had a career-high 11 assists to just one turnover.
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 1,027, to rank 38th 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 233 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).
ALWAYS FIRST: The Hawks extended their first-place lead to two games over Temple in the East. 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.
SPIN ON D.J.: Dwayne Jones has established himself as one of the best big men in the league and one of the most improved over the past few seasons. The junior center is putting up career best numbers with 10.6 ppg, 11.2 rpg and 3.0 blocks per game, while averaging 11.2 points and 11.2 rebounds in conference play. He has recorded 11 double-doubles this season, while leading the Hawks in rebounding in all 21 games.
FACE THE NATION: In the NCAA statistics of Feb. 14, Pat Carroll ranks third in the nation in 3-point field goals made (3.7) behind Brendan Plavich of Charlotte (4.0) and J.J. Reddick of Duke (3.8). The Hawk senior is also 12th in 3-point FG percentage (.463). Dwayne Jones ranks seveth in the nation in rebounding (11.2), and 10th in blocked shots (3.0). Dwayne Lee is 36th in assist average (5.4). As a team, the Hawks rank 21st in scoring defense (60.9), 22nd in blocked shots (5.1), 39th in 3-point field goals (7.9) and 49th in 3-point percentage (.382).
TURNING IT AROUND: Coach Phil Martelli and the Hawks have made a tremendous turnaround from the beginning of the year. SJU started out with a 3-6 record, which included a four-game losing streak. Since January 5, the Hawks have gone 9-3, with a 9-1 record in conference play. A win tonight would put Saint Joseph's at four games over .500 for the first time this year.
STRONG POSITION: If the season ended today, Saint Joseph's would be the top overall seed in the Atlantic 10 Championship. With a 9-1 record, the Hawks hold a two-game lead over Temple in the A-10 East and also over West Division leader George Washington. The conference tournament at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati begins on March 9 with two first-round games. The championship is slated for Saturday, March 12.
TEAMWORK: Against Temple, the Hawks had 11 assists on 11 field goals in the first half, with Dwayne Lee handing out eight of them before intermission. SJU's work offensively prompted Temple coach John Chaney to say, "They're a team that plays like a team. They deserved to win."