Feb. 24, 2006
PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's will close out the home schedule on Saturday when it hosts Richmond at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse at noon. SJU's senior players and managers will be honored in a pre-game ceremony.
The game will be televised by the A-10 TV Network, and seen locally on Comcast SportsNet. The game will also be broadcast on the Saint Joseph's Sports Network on SportsTalk 950 (WPEN-AM) with Tom McCarthy and Joe Lunardi calling the action.
Dwayne Lee, Dave Mallon, Chet Stachitas and Rob Sullivan are closing out their careers on Hawk Hill. Four-year players Lee, Mallon and Stachitas have been a part of an 89-33 record during their years on Hawk Hill. Also being honored are The Hawk mascot Andy Moral and managers Kate McCreight and Katelyn Zollo.
The Hawks have won two in a row and are now 12-12 and 6-7 on the year. Richmond is 11-15 and 4-9 in the league.
The Hawks close out the regular season on the road, visiting Xavier on Tuesday (on ESPN2) and meeting Duquesne for the only time this year on Saturday, March 4.
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SAINT JOSEPH'S NOTES: SENIOR SALUTE: Today's the final home game for seniors Dwayne Lee, Dave Mallon, Chet Stachitas and Rob Sullivan. Lee, Malln and Stachitas have been four-year performers while Sullivan earned a spot on the team as a walk-on his sophomore year. The four Hawks will be honored in a pre-game ceremony along with managers Kate McCreight and Katelyn Zollo and the Hawk mascot, Andy Moral. The seniors' career totals: Dwayne Lee - 120 games; 347 assists; 220 rebs.; 686 points Dave Mallon- 101 games; 235 rebs.; 292 points Chet Stachitas- 121 games; 180 assists; 228 rebs.; 1,000 points Rob Sullivan- 19 games; 5 points
NO PLACE LIKE HOME: Strangely enough, this is the first time all season that the Hawks are playing back-to-back games in Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse. SJU had just seven games here on campus, playing three "home" games at the Palestra. The Hawks are 3-3 this season in the Fieldhouse and will be looking to avoid a sub-.500 record on their homecourt, something which hasn't happened since 1997-98.
HOME LOSSES: The loss to GW was Saint Joseph's third at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse this season, and only the fifth loss on campus in the past four years. Entering this season, the Hawks owned a 30-2 record in the building since 2002-03, and that record is now 33-5. It marked the first time since the 1998-99 season that SJU has lost consecutive games in the Fieldhouse and the first time since 1999-00 that SJU has lost more than two games in the Fieldhouse.
CHARTING CHET: Chet Stachitas reached the 1000-point milestone vs. Fordham, but did it the hard way. Heading into the game, he needed just 6 points, but it took longer than expected. He took an elbow to the lip in the first half and played only six minutes before leaving the game to get five stitches. Stachitas returned at the start of the second half and wasted no time in getting the mark - he hit a 3-pointer at 18:31 and then made his next shot, a 3-pointer at 17:46 to reach the milestone. The senior didn't score the rest of the way, so his career total stands at 1,000 entering today's game. He became the 44th player in Hawk history to achieve the feat and is the fourth player to reach the milestone in four consecutive years, matching Pat Carroll (2005), Delonte West (2004), Jameer Nelson (2003).
SURE SHOTS: One thing consistent with this year's Hawks has been the free throw shooting. After leading the nation for two weeks, SJU remains second with 78.6 percent, just behind Gonzaga (78.9). The team's performance is a definite improvement from last year when SJU hovered around the 50 to 60 percent mark at the line. Chet Stachitas is now the team's leader at 81.9 percent, with four of five starters converting 75 percent or better, and three of them hitting better than 80 percent.
FOR THE DEFENSE: Phil Martelli has praised the Hawk defense and said it's been solid all season long. "The defensive effort has been outstanding and that's what this team has done all year, they've paid attention to the defensive game plan. And that enables us because we are limited on offense." In the win over Fordham, the Hawks held the Rams without a basket for a stretch of seven minutes in the first half to build up a 21-9 lead.
SNAP OUT OF IT: Against Fordham, Abdulai Jalloh broke out of a slump, posting a game-high 23 points, shooting 6-for-9 from the field, 9-for-10 from the foul line and making both 3-point attempts. In the previous four games, he was shooting just 14-for-49 (28.5%) from the field and 2-for-22 (9%) from 3-point range. In SJU's 12 wins, Jalloh has scored double figures in 11.