Jan. 21, 2011
PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's (5-13; 0-1 Big 5) will host Penn (5-8; 0-3) in a Big 5 matchup at The Palestra on Saturday, January 22 at 7 p.m. The game will be televised by The Comcast Network.
The Saint Joseph's Sports Network broadcast of the game will be available on SJUHawks.com, with Matt Martucci and Joe Lunardi calling the action. The audio stream is available free of charge. Click here to listen.
The University of Pennsylvania will also provide video streaming of the game. Click here to purchase the stream.
GAME NOTES: Phil Martelli is in his 16th year as Saint Joseph's head coach, and his 26th year on Hawk Hill. The coach needs six wins to reach 300 for his career, and will coach his 500th game with six more. He also owns the most Atlantic 10 wins among active coaches, with 146. C.J. Aiken ranks fourth in the nation in blocked shots and is the only freshman ranked in the top 30. He leads the Atlantic 10 with 3.8 per game and 5.2 in conference games only. Leading scorer Carl Jones has scored double figures in 16 of 17 games this year, with seven games of 20-plus points. Freshman Langston Galloway tops the Atlantic 10 in free throw percentage, hitting 94.8 percent. SJU is fielding its youngest team ever under Phil Martelli with two seniors, one junior, four sophomores and five freshmen. The starting lineup has included three freshmen, which is the most ever under Martelli. The Hawks are looking to snap a five-game losing streak which is the second longest skid of the year. This is the first of three consecutive games for SJU at The Palestra, but only two are Big 5 contests. The Hawks' meeting with Temple on Feb. 20 will be the City Series game. Saint Joseph's is the designated home team tonight, as the teams alternate every year.
AST TIME OUT: Rhode Island held off Saint Joseph's, 64-59, at Hagan Arena for the Hawks' fifth straight loss. Carl Jones had 25 points, with 17 in the first half, while Idris Hilliard had his first double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds. C.J. Aiken had 12 points and seven blocked shots for the Hawks. SJU trailed for most of the second half, but appeared to make a game-changing spurt with over six minutes remaining. Aikens' block triggered a fast break ending in a three-pointer from Jones. Then Jones stole the ball on URI's next possession and laid it in as SJU closed within 54-50. The Rams called timeout but came back with four straight points to take a 58-50 lead. A jumper by Hilliard at 2:08 pulled SJU within 61-57, but on the Hawks' possession with under a minute to play, Jones' long three-pointer was off the mark. URI converted a layup with 26 seconds to play to preserve the win. In the first half, Rhode Island used an 11-3 run to take a 13-10 early edge. The Rams would build it up to 20-12 but every time they seemed poised to take a double-digit lead, Aiken or Jones would hit a shot to keep the Hawks close. A dunk by Aiken and free throws from Galloway, pulled the Hawks within 32-30. Jones then scored the Hawks' final seven points as they took a 37-33 lead in the final seconds of the half. A Rhode Island layup right before time expired cut SJU's halftime lead to 37-35.
BRAGGING RIGHTS: SJU is 0-1 in the Big 5 this year, having lost to Villanova. SJU has won a total of 19 Big 5 titles (9 outright/10 shared), which is third all-time to Temple's 25 titles (6 outright/19 shared).
KEY TO THE CITY: The Hawks are 0-2 this year against city teams after losses to Drexel and Villanova.
1500 CLUB: With two more victories, Saint Joseph's will reach 1,500 wins in the program's history. The Hawks currently own a 1,498-1,000 record in 102 seasons. SJU will become one of 35 programs to reach the plateau, joining an impressive list.
MARTELLI MILESTONES: Head coach Phil Martelli is closing in on a few milestones. Here's the numbers he needs to reach those marks: 300 career victories - needs 6 150 Atlantic 10 victories - needs 4 500 games coached - needs 6 Martelli will join an exclusive group of head coaches in A-10 history that have recorded 300 wins - John Chaney of Temple had 516 while Gale Catlett of West Virginia notched 333 for West Virginia (1979-95).
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 5.2 in A-10 games. The freshman had a season-high nine against GW, with seven in the first half alone, to go along with 15 points. Earlier this season he had six at Fairfield, which was the highest total for a Hawk since Ahmad Nivins had the same number at UMass on Jan. 9, 2008. Aiken had also notched seven at Villanova and seven vs. Rhode Island. The school record for blocks in a game is 12 by all-time leader Rodney Blake against Cleveland State on Dec. 2, 1987. Phil Martelli said, "C.J. has become more of a presence defensively. When you can walk out as a freshman with nine blocks that's something. But we have to get more than face-up jumpers. We have to get some baskets when he outruns people. It's a bright future but we just need it to be today. We can't wait for it to be a year from now."
BLOCK PARTY: Led by C.J. Aiken, the Hawks top the Atlantic 10 in blocks per game, with 5.7 overall and 7.0 in league games. Aiken ranked fourth in the NCAA stats while Saint Joseph's was 21st at the start of the week. 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: Carl Jones and C.J. Aiken combined to score 29 of the Hawks' 37 points in the first half against Rhode Island on Wednesday night. Aiken shot 5-for-6 from the field and scored 12 points. Jones scored 17 points and had the Hawks' final seven points of the half as SJU took the halftime lead. He finished the game with 25 points.
LEAGUE LEADERS: Two of the Hawks' freshmen find themselves leading the Atlantic 10 in two categories. Langston Galloway tops the A-10 in free throw percentage in overall (94.9) and conference games (1.000). C.J. Aiken ranks first in blocked shots overall (3.8) and A-10 games (5.2) . IN FINE COMPANY: With his 11.8 scoring average, Langston Galloway is the Hawks' highest scoring freshman since Jameer Nelson averaged 12.5 ppg in 2000-01. Galloway is also the only frosh since Nelson to average double figures. The SJU scoring record for a freshman is 18.8 points per game by Bernard Blunt in 1990-91.
JONES-IN': Carl "Tay" Jones has recorded double-figures in 17 of 18 games and has scored 20-plus points seven 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 17.8 scoring average, while ranking sixth in the A-10. He is also averaging the most field goal attempts on the squad, taking 13.3 shots per game.
DOUBLED UP: Freshman Ronald Roberts recorded the Hawks' first double-double of the season against Duquesne when he had career-highs of 13 points and 10 rebounds in 26 minutes off the bench. Roberts also blocked a personal best three shots while going 5-for-7 from the foul line. The freshman had four points, three rebounds and three blocks during a 13-1 run that saw the Hawks pull within 11 points.
HOME AWAY FROM HOME: With the formation of the Philadelphia Big 5 in 1955, SJU began utilizing The Palestra as a home venue. Since that year, the Hawks have played at least one home game in the historic arena every season. The facility served as SJU's homecourt in 2008-09 with 13 games due to the expansion and renovation project at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse, which is now Hagan Arena. Saint Joseph's has compiled a 331-158 record (.676) at The Palestra which surpasses the program's victory total at on campus at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse and Hagan Arena combined (328).
BEY AND THE BIG 5: Former SJU standout Rashid Bey was inducted into the Big 5 Hall of Fame on Friday. Bey, who starred for the Hawks from 1994 to 1998, was the first player in SJU history, and now one of two, to earn the Big 5 MVP award in back-to-back seasons (1997, 1998). As a junior, the 5-11 guard helped the Hawks win the 1997 Atlantic 10 Championship, while being named the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament. He averaged 15.0 points and 4.6 assists and earned Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team honors. Bey was also named to the NCAA All-West Region team as Saint Joseph's advanced to the 1997 NCAA Sweet 16. In his senior season, Bey averaged 16.9 points and 4.8 assists and was an All-A-10 Second Team selection. He finished his career with 1,316 points and 509 assists and was inducted into the Saint Joseph's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2005.
LOOKING AHEAD: Saint Joseph's is in the midst of a string of three consecutive games at The Palestra. The Hawks will take on La Salle on Wednesday and Temple on Jan. 29, in an 11 a.m. ESPNU broadcast.