Feb. 25, 2011
PHILADELPHIA - The Saint Joseph's men's basketball team (7-20; 2-11) has two home games remaining, beginning with Saturday's contest against St. Bonaventure (15-11; 7-6). Game time at Hagan Arena is 4 p.m. Live video streaming of the game will be available free of charge on Hawks All-Access.
GAME NOTES Leading scorer Carl Jones has scored double figures in 23 of 26 games this year, with nine games of 20-plus points. He missed the UMass game on Feb. 5 with a sprained ankle. C.J. Aiken ranks second in the nation in blocked shots and is the highest ranked freshman. He leads the Atlantic 10 with 3.8 per game and 4.3 in conference games only. The nation's leader is William Mosley of NW Louisiana, with 4.9 per game. Aiken has set the freshman record for blocks in a season (102), breaking the previous mark of 95 held by all-time blocks leader Rodney Blake. Freshman Langston Galloway led the Hawks with 17 points against #23 Temple. He is a three-time Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week this season. Todd O'Brien rejoined the team for practice on Friday after sitting out three games while undergoing a University judicial process. Phil Martelli is in his 16th year as Saint Joseph's head coach, and his 26th year on Hawk Hill. Martelli owns the most Atlantic 10 wins among active coaches with 148. The Hawks play their final home game of the year on Wednesday, March 2, when Richmond comes to town.
LAST TIME OUT: Ronald Roberts added nine points. Saint Joseph's started the game with its biggest scoring drought of the year. The Hawks scored three points on free throws but did not convert their first field goal until a short jumper by Hilliard at 8:28 broke a string of 13 missed shots. By then, Massachusetts had built up a 20-6 lead. A three-pointer at 3:06 gave the Minutemen a 29-12 lead and by halftime, UMass held a 34-15 lead. It was the lowest point total in a half for the Hawks this season, with the previous low being 19 at Penn State. SJU shot just 4-for-23 in the half, and 1-for-13 from three-point range, while UMass shot 52 percent from the field. The Hawks shot 30.8 percent for the game, including 15.4 percent from long range. With UMass leading 50-25, the Hawks held the Minutemen without a point for over six minutes. During that time the Hawks ran off 10 straight points, with five from Hilliard, to cut it to 50-35. Anthony Gurley broke the streak for UMass with a three-pointer at 7:12 and then a pair of free throws by Raphiael Putney built the home team's margin back up to 20, 55-35.
1500 CLUB: With the win over Fordham, Saint Joseph's notched its 1,500th victory in the program's history. The Hawks currently own a 1,500-1,007 record in 102 seasons. SJU is one of 35 programs to reach the plateau, joining an impressive list of basketball programs.
MARTELLI MILESTONES: Head coach Phil Martelli is closing in on a few milestones. Here's the numbers needed to reach those marks: 300 career victories - needs 4 150 Atlantic 10 victories - needs 2 He coached his 500th career game and 250th Atlantic 10 contest at Fordham on Feb. 13. Martelli has now coached the second most games in school history (502). Bill Ferguson, who was the Hawks' mentor from 1928 to 1953, coached 517 games, and holds the school record for victories with 309.
LANGSTON'S LINE: Langston Galloway used back-to-back 25-point games to help SJU to two straight wins. Against UMass, the freshman scored a career-high 25 points on 8-for-12 shooting, including 6-for-6 from 3-point range, while playing 40 minutes for the first time this year. The only blemish on Galloway's line was two missed free throws - his first misses in A-10 games this year. He followed that with 25 points at Fordham, making 7-of-13 shots and going without a turnover in 38 minutes. Galloway has tallied 20-plus points six times this year. He ranks second on the team in scoring (11.9), but leads the team in rebounding (5.6), free throw percentage (88.4) and assist/turnover ratio (2.2). Galloway has been named the A-10 Rookie of the Week three.
AT THE LINE: If Langston Galloway can better his current free throw percentage of 88.4 percent by the end of the season, he will set the single-season record for free throw percentage. Delonte West owns the mark, hitting 89.2 percent in 2003-04.
LOW POINTS: The Hawks got off to a bad start at UMass, missing their first 13 shots and going without a field goal until the 8:28 mark of the half while UMass ran up a 20-6 lead. SJU improved its scoring in the second half, hitting 41 percent, but by then the hole was too deep.
AROUND THE BLOCK: C.J. Aiken's remarkable total of 102 blocked shots this season has already set the Hawks' freshman record for blocks in a season, eclipsing the mark of 95 set by all-time leader Rodney Blake in 1984-85. It is is also the fourth best single-season total in school history behind Blake's record of 121 set in 1985-86. Aiken now ranks ninth all-time for career blocks. REJECTION NOTICE: Freshman C.J. Aiken continues to make his presence known in the middle with his talent for blocking shots, averaging 3.8 overall and 4.3 in A-10 games. The freshman had a season-high nine blocks twice against GW and La Salle. The school record for blocks in a game is 12 by all-time leader Rodney Blake against Cleveland State on Dec. 2, 1987. Here are Aiken's top efforts this season: 7 vs. Fordham (Feb. 13) 9 vs. La Salle (Jan. 27) 7 vs. Rhode Island (Jan. 19) 9 vs. George Washington (Jan. 8) 7 vs. Villanova (Dec. 3)
BLOCK PARTY: Led by C.J. Aiken, the Hawks top the Atlantic 10 in blocks per game, with 5.7 overall and 6.7 in league games. Aiken ranks second in the nation while Saint Joseph's ranks 11th. The school record for blocked shot average in a season is 3.8 by Rodney Blake (1985-86) and 5.7 by the 1985-86 team.
DYNAMIC DUO: The backcourt combination of Carl Jones and Langston Galloway has accounted for 45 percent of the Hawks' scoring this year (759 points) and has made 58 percent of SJU's three-point field goals. The duo has combined to take 40 percent of SJU's field goal attempts and 48 percent of the Hawks' three-point attempts.
SENIOR MOMENT: Senior Charoy Bentley took advantage of the opportunity given to him in the first UMass game, playing a big part in the Hawks' win. Bentley got the start in place of the injured Carl Jones and in a career-high 32 minutes, scored five points, handed out three assists and went without a turnover. He played another big role in the Fordham win, scoring a career-high 14 points on 5-for-7 shooting, with only one turnover in 23 minutes of action. Since the UMass game on Feb. 5, Bentley is averaging 7.2 points per game and 26.6 minutes. Prior to that, he was averaging just 7.5 minutes per game.
TAKING CARE OF THE BALL: The Hawks have limited the turnovers as of late, and Phil Martelli saw that as the key to the two A-10 wins. SJU has averaged 7.8 in the past five games, which includes just eight against #24 Xavier and seven vs. #23 Temple. On the year, Saint Joseph's is averaging 11.2 turnovers and forcing about the same number, 11.3.
ROBERTS' ROLE: After beginning the year in a reserve role, Ronald Roberts has now made seven starts this season, including the last six in a row. He put together three consecutive games of double figures (Penn, La Salle, Temple) in which he averaged 14.3 points and 5.3 rebounds while shooting 67.8 percent from the field, with a season-high of 17 points vs. Temple. At Fordham, he grabbed a personal best 11 rebounds, for his second time in double digits.
JONES-IN': Carl "Tay" Jones has recorded double-figures in 23 of 26 games and has scored 20-plus points nine times, including a career-best 29 points vs. Minnesota. He had a 13-game scoring streak, which dated back to last year, come to an end at Holy Cross. Jones leads the Hawks with his 17.2 scoring average and ranks seventh in the A-10. He averages the most field goal attempts on the squad, taking 12.7 shots per game. Jones missed the win over UMass on Feb. 5 due to a sprained ankle, but returned to score 15 points in the win at Fordham. Jones was limited to six points against both Xavier and UMass, giving him three games without double figures.
EXTENDING HIS RANGE: Idris Hilliard has taken 24 three-point attempts this season, making six of them. In this three previous seasons combined, he had attempted 11.
LOOKING AHEAD: Saint Joseph's will play its final home game of the year against Richmond on March 2 before closing out the regular season at Charlotte on March 5, with an A-10 Tournament berth on the line.