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Men's Basketball Faces San Francisco for Northwestern Mutual Shootout Title
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  12/11/2004

Dec. 11, 2004

SAN FRANCISCO - Saint Joseph's will take on host team San Francisco in the title game of the Northwestern Mutual Shootout on Saturday, December 11 at 8 p.m. PST (11 p.m. EST). The game will only be televised in the Bay Area, but can be heard via the Saint Joseph's Sports Network on WPEN-Radio (950 AM).

The Hawks advanced to the championship with an 84-56 win over UC-Davis on Friday evening. Chet Stachitas scored a career-high 27 points while Pat Carroll had a season-high 19, while converting all five of his 3-point attempts.

SERIES HISTORY: Saint Joseph's leads the all-time series with San Francisco, 2-1, and Coach Martelli owns a 2-0 record against the Dons. Last year, SJU scored an 84-52 win at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse. The Hawks also defeated USF in the 1998 Cable Car Classic in San Jose, 63-50. The first meeting of the series was in December of 1973, an 80-63 win in the Cable Car Classic held in Oakland.

LAST TIME OUT: Chet Stachitas scored a career-high 27 points and Pat Carroll broke out of a shooting slump hitting all five 3-pointers to lead SJU to an 84-56 win over UC-Davis in the first game of the Northwestern Mutual Shootout in San Francisco. Stachitas turned an 18-15 deficit into a 27-20 SJU lead when he made four straight 3-pointers during a span of 2:21 in the first half. He finished the half going 5-for-5 from 3-point range and 8-for-10 from the field. Leading 46-41 early in the second half, the Hawks a 20-4 run to put away the game. Carroll shot 7-for-11 in the game en route to a season-high 19 points while the Hawks had their best shooting game of the year, converting 56.5 percent. Dwayne Jones led a decisive 36-24 rebounding margin with 12 boards.

PERIMETER PROBLEMS: The Hawks seemed to solve their perimeter problems against UC-Davis, with the best shooting game of the year - 56.6 percent from the field and 63.2 percent from 3-point range. Entering the game, SJU was struggling from the perimeter, hitting just 38 percent from field and 22.7 percent from beyond the arc. The season percentages have now increased to 41.6 percent of their field goals and 31.0 of the 3-point attempts.

ON FIRE: Chet Stachitas made seven of his first eight shots and had 18 points by the nine-minute mark against UC-Davis. The junior turned in one of the best shooting games of his career with a personal best 27 points on 10-for-14 shooting. It was his second 20-plus point game of the year, fourth double-figure scoring game and boosted his season scoring average to a team-high 16.4 points per game.

SLUMP BUSTER: Pat Carroll broke out of his long-range shooting slump, going a perfect 5-for-5 from beyond the arc in the win over UC-Davis. The senior scored a season-high 19 points on 7-for-11 shooting from the field. The effort increased Carroll's season 3-point percentage to 32 percent, up considerably from the 15 percent he was shooting prior to the game.

SEASON HIGH: The Hawks snapped out of their 50-point scoring streak against UC-Davis, totalling a season-high 84 points. Prior to that contest, SJU was stuck in the 50-point range, averaging just 58.8 per game. Defensively, the Hawks have gotten the job done, holding the last four opponents to 56.2 points per game.

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