Feb. 23, 2008
KINGSTON, R.I. - Saint Joseph's (16-8; 7-4 A-10) will look to bounce back from its loss to La Salle with a key matchup vs. Rhode Island (20-6; 6-6) on Sunday afternoon at the Ryan Center. Tip-off is 4 p.m.
The game will be televised in Philadelphia on Comcast SportsNet with Tom McCarthy and Steve Lappas calling the action. It will also be on WNTP Radio (990 AM) with the broadcast team of Ken Krsolovic and Joe Lunardi. Audio streaming of the game is available free of charge on www.sjuhawks.com as provided by Stretch Internet. Hawks' All-Access subscribers can watch the game free of charge while non-subscribers can view it on wwww.sjuhawks.com as a Pay-per-View event for $9.95.
GAME NOTES: After winning 11 of 12 games, the Hawks have now lost three of their last four. Pat Calathes tops the Hawks in scoring (18.6 ppg) and rebounding (8.0) and is third in assists (2.3). He ranks sixth in the A-10 in scoring and is fourth in rebounding, but is third in the league in scoring in conference games (19.1 ppg). The Hawks head into the final stretch of the regular season with home games in three of the last five games. Included in this stretch is second meetings with Temple and Xavier. The Hawks were 41st in the RPI (collegerpi.com) as of Feb. 17.
NOT GOOD ENOUGH: You would assume that 63 percent shooting would be good enough to win a game. But that wasn't the case in the one-point loss to La Salle. The Hawks put up 50 points in the first half, hitting 20 of 30 from the field (66.7%) and followed that by making 14 of 24 shots in the second half (58.3%). The first half was tied as the best shooting percentage in a half this year, while the overall percentage was a season-high.
THE SHOOTER: Darrin Govens hit for a career-high 26 points in the loss to La Salle. Govens made 7-of-9 shots in the second half, scoring 19 points. It marked the second 20-plus point game of the season for Govens and third of his career.
WHERE'S THE D?: Saint Joseph's defense was a key to its six-game winning streak a few weeks ago. But you could point to defense as a factor in the team's losses, particularly the last three (90-point effort by La Salle) Here are some supporting numbers: Wins Losses Opponents' FG Pct. .409 .490 Opponents 3-pt FG Pct. .334 .465 Opponents' Scoring Avg. 62.4 80.1
CAMPAIGNING FOR PAT: Pat Calathes has put himself in the conversation for Atlantic 10 Player of the Year. The senior is doing it all for the Hawks this year, topping the team with career-best numbers in scoring (18.6) and rebounding (8.0), He ranks seventh in the conference in scoring and is fourth in rebounding, while ranking third in the A-10 in scoring in league games with his 19.7 average. He has led the Hawks in scoring 14 games and in rebounding 16 times, while posting eight double-doubles and tallying 20 or more points 11 times this year. Calathes has been the Player of the Week in the A-10 three times this season and in the Big 5 four times.
FERG'S FINEST: Rob Ferguson has been "in the zone" lately with his shooting as the senior has converted 61.9 percent (26-42) from the field in the last four games. He's also hit 60 percent (12-20) of his 3-point attempts, while averaging 14.2 points during this stretch. The senior has posted double figures in 11 of the last 16 games and can make a case of being one of the most improved players in the A-10 with a career-best 11.7 points per game this season. Over the last 10 games, Ferguson is averaging 13.3 points.
AN ELITE CLUB: Ahmad Nivins became the latest member of SJU's 1,000-point club, when he scored his seventh point vs. St. Bonaventure, becoming the 47th Hawk to reach the plateau. Rob Ferguson hit the mark on January 16 and Pat Calathes reached 1,000 on February 2. It's only the second time in school history that the Hawks had three players reach the milestone during the same season. The first time occurred in 2001-02 when Na'im Crenshaw, Bill Phillips and Damian Reid achieved the feat. That season, the Hawks had four 1,000 point scorers in their lineup as Marvin O'Connor had already reached the mark in his junior season.
LOOKING AHEAD: SJU starts a slate of three straight home games on Thursday, when Saint Louis visits for a nationally-televised game (ESPN2). Then the Hawks host Temple at the Palestra on March 2.