Jan. 18, 2005
PHILADELPHIA - The Saint Joseph's men's basketball team will look to keep its four-game winning streak intact when it visits Dayton on Wednesday, January 19, in a key Atlantic 10 matchup. Game time at UD Arena is 7 p.m., but the game will be televised in the Philadelphia area on a tape-delay basis by CN8 beginning at 8 p.m.
ABOUT THE HAWKS: The Hawks are off to a 4-0 start in Atlantic 10 play after Saturday's rout of La Salle. SJU is now 7-6 overall having won four consecutive games.
ABOUT THE FLYERS: Dayton won at Duquesne on the weekend, 71-60, to improve to 9-5 and 2-1 in the league.
TV/RADIO: The game will be broadcast live in Dayton on WHIO-TV, and on a tape-delay basis in Philadelphia on CN8, the Comcast Network, beginning at 8 p.m. The Saint Joseph's Sports Network will broadcast the game on WPEN Radio (950 AM) with the team of Tom McCarthy and Joe Lunardi. McCarthy is in his second year as play-by-play announcer and Lunardi is in his 15th as the Hawks' color analyst. The game can also be heard via streaming audio on the Saint Joseph's website at www.sjuhawks.com.
LAST TIME OUT: Pat Carroll scored 23 points on 6-for-10 shooting from 3-point range to lead Saint Joseph's past La Salle, 73-38, at The Palestra. It was SJU's fourth consecutive win and 10th straight in Big 5 play. The Hawks, who received 11 points and 13 rebounds from Dwayne Jones, led by as many as 36 points in the final minute. The SJU defense limited the A-10's top scorer Steven Smith to just nine points and forced the Explorers to shoot just 23.5 percent from the field and 7.1 percent from 3-point range. Dave Mallon and Chet Stachitas added nine points each, for the Hawks, which held a 26-14 halftime lead.
FLYING START: After suffering six early-season losses, the Hawks have turned things around and won four straight Atlantic 10 games. It's among the best starts in conference history for SJU, which set a league record last season with a 16-0 mark. In each of these years, the Hawks have captured or shared the regular season title. The following is the list of SJU's best A-10 starts, in which there have been at least three consecutive wins: Year A-10 Start A-10 Finish 2003-04 16-0 East division title 2001-02 6-0 East division title share 2000-01 5-0 Regular season title 2004-05 4-0 TBA 2002-03 4-0 East division title
SHUTTING THEM DOWN: SJU's defense has been a key to its resurgence. In the four-game winning streak, the Hawks have limited their opponents to an average of 48.0 ppg, with no team scoring more than 52 points. The Hawks have also shut down the opponent's leading scorer. Here's a rundown of the points scored by those players, with their scoring averages prior to that game in ( ). Bryant Dunston, Fordham: 9 points (14.5) Scott Hazelton, URI: 0 points - only 9 minutes w/ foul trouble (17.4) Rashaun Freeman, UMass: 6 points (14.8) Steven Smith, La Salle: 9 points (22.7)
DWAYNE'S WEEK: Dwayne Jones was named the Atlantic 10 Player of the Week for Jan. 15, earning the honor for the first time in his career. He was also cited as the Player of the Week in the Philadelphia Big 5 for averaging 14.5 points and 12.5 rebounds while shooting 53.3 percent from the field and 65 percent from the foul line in SJU's two wins. Jones is the first Hawk to earn the conference's weekly award this year - by this time last season, Jameer Nelson had earned it five times and Delonte West had won it once.
ALWAYS FIRST: SJU's upperclassmen have a strong claim, that they have never been out of first place in the Atlantic 10. It's basically true, as there has been only one day in the past four seasons (counting this one) - January 12, 2002 - that Saint Joseph's was not in first place in the Atlantic 10 East. The Hawks have won four straight Atlantic 10 division crowns and are hoping to become the only team other than UMass to win five consecutive, as the Minutemen did it from 1991 to 1996.
SJU STREAK: Saint Joseph's has won 21 straight Atlantic 10 games dating back to 2002-03, which is the third longest winning streak in league history. The top five A-10 winning streaks follow: 27 - Temple (1982-83, 1983-84, 1984-85) 25 - Temple (1987-88, 1988-89) 21- Saint Joseph's (2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05) 17- Massachusetts (1994-95, 1995-96) 17- Temple (1986-87)