Jan. 27, 2006
PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's will take on Penn on Saturday evening, January 28, in a Big 5 contest at the Palestra at 7 p.m. The game is part of the weekend tribute to the Big 5's 50th anniversary. Many of the former players and coaches who shaped the tradition of Philadelphia basketball will be on hand, following the Big 5 celebration gala on Friday evening.
The game will be televised locally on CN8, the Comcast Network, and can also be heard via the Saint Joseph's Sports Network on SportsTalk 950 (WPEN), with Phil Denne and Joe Lunardi calling the action.
Saint Joseph's is coming off a 54-39 victory at Saint Louis and has won two in a row to improve to 8-8 (3-4 A-10) on the year. The Hawks are 2-0 in the Big 5. Penn defeated La Salle on Wednesday evening for the 300th victory of Coach Fran Dunphy's career. The Quakers are 10-5 overall and own a 1-2 record in City Series play.
SAINT JOSEPH'S NOTES:
TALE OF TWO HALVES: The Hawks have had trouble stringing together a solid 40 minutes in recent games. In the first half against La Salle, SJU missed 18 shots, missed all eight of its 3-point attempts, and scored just 16 points. Saint Joseph's turned it around after the break, fighting back from an 11-point halftime deficit, with 50 percent shooting. That second-half total by the team was the second highest all season - SJU scored 53 in the 102-94 loss at Gonzaga. SJU came out strong at Saint Louis, hitting its first seven shots en route to a 34-19 lead at the half. The Hawks only scored 20 points in the second half, and committed 11 turnovers, but were not challenged because Saint Louis continued to struggle. The following is the half-by-half point totals: Point totals Game 1st half 2nd half GW 23 46 Charlotte 31 19 La Salle 16 50 Saint Louis 34 20
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
CITY RIVALRY: Saint Joseph's is 2-0 in the Big 5, in the 50th anniversary of the most traditional and unique arrangements in college basketball. The Hawks have wins over Temple and La Salle thus far this season. SJU, which won the City Series crown outright in both 2004 and 2003, went 2-2 in `04-05. SJU has won a total of 19 Big 5 titles (9 outright/10 shared), which is second all-time to Temple's 22 titles (5 outright/17 shared). SJU has won the most outright titles of any school. A loss to Penn on Jan. 25, 2005 snapped a 10-game Big 5 winning streak.
KEY TO THE CITY: SJU owns an 18-3 record against city teams over the last four seasons (counting this year). This mark counts all games against Philadelphia teams (Drexel included). The Hawks went 3-3 last season and are 3-0 in 2005-06 with wins over Drexel, Temple and La Salle.
PALESTRA PLAY: 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. SJU has compiled a 312-147 record (.679) at The Palestra, with more wins than the program's victory total at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse (301-73). The Hawks are playing at the famed building six times this season, with three of them counted as home games. SJU is 2-1 with wins over Drexel, Temple and La Salle, and a loss to Ohio State.
DOWN SIDE: If there could be a down side to a win, one of the numbers that gained Phil Martelli's attention at Saint Louis, was the team's 16 turnovers. SJU had just eight assists in the game, with only one in the second half. Dwayne Lee tied a career-high with seven turnovers on the evening.