Feb. 23, 2010
PHILADELPHIA - With the regular season winding down, Saint Joseph's (9-18; 3-10 A-10) will travel to Charlotte (18-8; 8-4) on Wednesday, February 24 for a key A-10 matchup. Game time at the Halton Arena is 7:30 p.m.
Following Wednesday's game, the Hawks are off on the weekend before traveling to George Washington on March 2. SJU will end the regular season against La Salle at Hagan Arena on March 6, in a 4 p.m. game.
The game will be broadcast on the internet only with Matt Martucci calling the action. Audio streaming will be available free of charge on SJUHawks.com, via Stretch Internet.
GAME NOTES: Garrett Williamson ranks fifth in the A-10 in assists in conference games (4.1). The Hawks are in the midst of a four-game losing streak, which is the second longest of the season. Saint Joseph's is still seeking its first road win of the season outside of Philadelphia, and first in the A-10. SJU is 0-6 in road conference games. Saint Joseph's ranks second in the A-10 in steals in conference games with 8.1, while Darrin Govens ranks third and Garrett Williamson is fourth. The regular-season finale with La Salle on March 6 will be played at Hagan Arena. Phil Martelli is in his 15th season as head coach and his 25th at the University. Martelli served as an assistant coach for 10 years on the staffs of Jim Boyle and John Griffin. He is the A-10's active leader in conference wins with 144. Saint Joseph's is celebrating the Centennial of SJU Basketball this year, as the inaugural season took place in 1909-10.
LAST TIME OUT: Saint Joseph's and Temple went down to the wire in another Atlantic 10 and Big 5 classic, but the 21st-ranked Owls emerged with the 75-67 overtime victory at the Palestra. Garrett Williamson made a twisting layup with 5.7 seconds remaining in the second half to put the Hawks on top by two, but a last-second basket by Temple's Ramone Moore sent the game into overtime, 59-59. The Owls outscored the Hawks, 16-8, in the extra period, shooting 4-of-5 from the field and led by five points from Ryan Brooks. With 1:07 to go in regulation and the Owls ahead by one, 55-54, SJU sophomore Chris Prescott drained a three from the corner to give the Hawks a two-point edge with 37.6 seconds remaining. Brooks answered back for Temple with a jumper at :25 to tie the score at 57-57. In a low-scoring first half, Temple led by as much as 10-2 early on, but the Hawks tied it, 14-14, on a 3-pointer by Williamson. Temple would go on to lead at halftime, 29-23, as the Owls shot 43.8 percent, although they went 0-for-7 from 3-point range. The second half saw nine times and nine lead changes as the Hawks shot 45.5 percent from the field. Darrin Govens led the Hawks with 21 points while Williamson had a career-high 20. Freshman Carl Jones scored 16 points and grabbed a career-high eight rebounds.
MOVING UP THE LIST: Darrin Govens is currently tied with Marvin O'Connor for second place on the Hawks' all-time list for career 3-point field goals made with 231, having recently surpassed Jameer Nelson (229). The record is 294 set by Pat Carroll (2001-05).
FOUR SECONDS AWAY: Garrett Williamson scored on a layup with :04 left and gave the Hawks a 59-57 lead against #21 Temple at The Palestra. But the lead was short-lived as Temple's Ramon Moore took the ball down the court and scored to send the game into overtime. The Owls would then outscore the Hawks, 16-8, in the OT to earn the win.
JONES-IN': Freshman Carl Jones must really like playing in the "Cathedral of Basketball", The Palestra, as he's had some of his best games of the season there. Jones had 16 points and career-high eight rebounds against #21 Temple while shooting 4-for-10 from the field and 6-for-7 from the foul line. A few weeks prior, on the same court, Jones had 16 points against Penn, converting all four of his 3-point attempts. The freshman finished with 16 points, which was his highest point total since January 2 (17 points). And in the Villanova game at The Palestra, Jones scored 16 points.
INJURY UPDATE: Justin Crosgile did start against Temple despite suffering a sprained left foot in the Xavier game, although he played just 15 minutes. Crosgile is probable for tonight's game.
THE FURTHER THE BETTER: More than half of Darrin Govens' shots this season are 3-point field goal attempts. And out of the 121 field goals he has made, 55 of them are threes. In the 120 games of his career, Govens has taken a total of 644 3-point field goal attempts, which is an average of 5.4 per game. It is also just 17 short of the school record for career 3-point attempts, held by all-time leader Pat Carroll (661 attempts). For his career, Govens is shooting 35.9 percent from 3-point range, and 38.2 percent overall.
IF IT'S NOT ONE THING...: Phil Martelli was pleased with the Hawks' defense against Saint Louis and UMass, but it was the offense that faltered. "The cause for concern is at the offensive end. I thought we did a reasonable job in both games defensively - we accomplished what we wanted to. We competed on the backboard and did a reasonable job on the glass. And then we go and have 20 points in a half against Saint Louis and 19 against UMass. It's not something that I saw coming, but obviously it's a huge concern going into these last five games. We just hope that when we fix this, we don't have another hole in the dike."
ROAD BLOCKS: The Hawks notched their first win on the road by beating Penn, although it was in the building (Palestra) that is their "home away from home. SJU is still looking for its first win outside of Philadelphia. SJU is 1-10 on the road, and is 7-5 in Hagan Arena. The Hawks are 1-2 in neutral games with the victory over Boston College in the Virgin Islands.
GOVENS' GOALS: Darrin Govens has upped his shooting percentage during the conference portion of the season. The senior is hitting 40.5 percent from the field, which is higher than his overall shooting percentage of 38.2. Against Richmond and St. Bonaventure, Govens made 12-for-25 from the field and 7-for-15 from 3-point range. On the season, Govens is averaging a team-best 13.1 ppg overall, and 13.6 ppg in conference play.
MR. EVERYTHING: The Hawks have needed Garrett Williamson to be more of a scorer this year and he's done that, while also bringing all of the intangibles every game. The senior has quietly tallied double figures in all but seven games this season, is averaging 11.8 ppg and has scored 30 points, which is the highest single-season total for his career. He has also continued to do all the little things on the court to help the cause, and here's a look at a few of those games: Towson - 4 assists, 3 blocks, 40 minutes (for the first time) Dayton - game-saving block with :04 to play UMass - 16 pts, 10 asts, 3 blocks, 6 steals (3rd double-double) St. Bonaventure (#2) - 5 straight pts while down 46-41; 5-for-6 FT shooting in final 1:33 at UMass - career-high 19 points at Xavier - only Hawk in double figures with 17 points Temple - career-high 20 points & basket at :04 which put SJU ahead
CENTENNIAL MOMENT: February 24, 1937 - Head coach Bill Ferguson and the "Mighty Mites" came from behind to defeat Penn, 37-36, at The Palestra in front of a record crowd of 10,682.
LOOKING AHEAD: SJU has a rare weekend off and will play its final two games of the regular season on March 2 at George Washington and March 6 vs. La Salle at Hagan Arena.