Jan. 31, 2006
DAYTON, OH - The Saint Joseph's men's basketball team will look to extend its winning streak to four games when it goes on the road to Dayton on Wednesday evening, February 1. Game time at the University of Dayton Arena is 7 p.m.
The game will be broadcast on the Saint Joseph's Sports Network on WPEN Radio (SportsTalk 950 AM) with Tom McCarthy and Joe Lunardi calling the action. It will be televised only in Ohio on WHIO-TV, but out-of-town fans can also watch the game on the station's website, www.WHIOTV.com. To defray expenses, a fee of five dollars will be charged to viewers on the net. Fans can log on to the game by clicking here. .
The Hawks are now 9-8 after two low-scoring wins last week, over Saint Louis and Penn. SJU brings a 3-4 Atlantic 10 record into the matchup, visiting one of the tougher venues in the conference. The Flyers have won the last three meetings in Dayton, with SJU's last win there coming on Feb. 21, 2001.
Dayton is 10-11 overall and 2-5 in the league. The Flyers have won two of their last three, but lost to Xavier, 60-55, on the weekend.
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SAINT JOSEPH'S NOTES: GO FIGURE: The Hawks scored a grand total of 101 points in two games last week, had more turnovers (28) than assists (16) and made only eight 3-point field goals. And despite those numbers, SJU came out of the week with two victories.
BACKCOURT BLUES: In the last four games, the Hawks' starting backcourt of Dwayne Lee and Abdulai Jalloh have combined to make just 15-of-61 (24.5%) from the field and 3-of-28 (10.7%) from 3-point range. The duo has totalled 71 points during this time, but 38 are from the foul line. Lee and Jalloh were 0-for-10 against Penn until Jalloh connected on a short jumper for the gamewinner with 25 seconds to play.
FRONT AND CENTER: Frontcourt players Rob Ferguson and Ahmad Nivins have put together solid numbers in the past four contests. Ferguson is averaging 11.2 ppg, including a high of 18 points vs. Penn. Nivins, has averaged 6.5 ppg, but made 10 of his last 16 shots. Ferguson is shooting 16-for-32 from the field during this stretch.
FREEBIES: Abdulai Jalloh has definitely taken advantage of his trips to the foul line. In the last four games, 57 percent of his points have come from free throws. The team's leading scorer has totalled 45 points, with 26 of them coming from the line.
BENCHMARKS: Phil Martelli's rotation is generally only seven players deep, with Ahmad Nivins and Pat Calathes being the only ones to see significant minutes. Nivins is averaging 25.9 minutes per game while Calathes logs 13.9.
KEEPING THEM DOWN: Senior Dave Mallon has earned praise from Phil Martelli for the defensive job he's done in the past few games. Most noteworthy was limiting Saint Louis' Ian Vouyoukas to 5 points, but only one field goal. Vouyoukas only took one shot, and that came with three minutes left in the game. Here's a rundown of what Mallon's done vs. the opponents' top players: Charlotte - Curtis Withers (16.3 avg)- 13 pts; 4 in 2nd half La Salle- Steven Smith (19.6 avg) - 17 pts; 4-14 FG Saint Louis - Ian Vouyoukas (14.4 avg) - 5 pts; only 1 FG attempt
SHAKING IT UP: Phil Martelli went with a different starting lineup against Charlotte, replacing Ahmad Nivins with senior Dave Mallon. That lineup has now been in place for the past four games. Nivins' play hasn't fallen off with the change as he's averaging 6.5 pts, 8.2 rebounds and 24.2 minutes off the bench. More impressively, he's made 10-of-16 field goals during this stretch.