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HAWK HOOP HYSTERIA A BIG HIT ONCE AGAIN
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  09/01/2004
PHILADELPHIA (11/10/01) ? For the first time since 1965-1966, the St. Joseph's University men's basketball team enters a season nationally ranked. To kick off this season of stratospheric expectations for the high-flying Hawks, the team embraced that storied past and tradition with Hawk Hoop Hysteria II on Saturday, Nov. 10 at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse. Beginning at 6:15 p.m. with an alumni game featuring several former Hawks, the night continued with an introduction of the more than 50 former players, coaches and managers who returned for the special night. To cap off the festivities, the 2001-2002 team put on an intrasquad scrimmage of three 10-minute periods, offering the crowd a sneak peek at the talented squad that hopes to outdo last year's 26-7 record, Atlantic 10-regular season championship and NCAA tournament second round trip. The alumni game was a crowd-pleasing 25-minute contest in which the Red team prevailed over the Black team, 71-48. Stars for the Red team included Bernard Blunt, who reminded everyone of the talent he brought to Hawk Hill during his four years in the early '90s, as he chipped in a team-leading 19 points, seven boards and three assists. Former backcourt mate Mark Bass also had a big game, with 14 points and three assists, while their former coach John Griffin showed some skills of his own, dishing out a team-leading five assists and collecting nine points, including two treys on three attempts.Tony Costner, a member of the 1981 Elite Eight team, also electrified the crowd with a powerful dunk. For the Black team, 1999 graduate Mike Mazzio led with 15 points, while former teammate Nemanja Petrovic chipped in 11 points and hauled in a team-high seven boards. Richard Stewart, a 1991 grad, helped out with 10 points, three rebounds and two assists. Following the game, Comcast SportsNet's Al Meltzer introduced all of the SJU basketball alumni who attended, as they formed a line around the court. Returning Hawks ranged from 1944 graduate Jack McEnroe to 2001 graduate Lionel Ngounou, and included legendary SJU coaches Jack McKinney and Jim Boyle. The 2001-2002 team then took the court. In the intrasquad scrimmage, the Red team featured Jeff Miller, Bill Phillips, Alexandre Sazanov, Tyrone Barley, Delonte West and Dwayne Jones, while the White team included Pat Carroll, John Bryant, Damian Reid, Jameer Nelson, Na'im Crenshaw, Mike Farrelly, Phil Martelli Jr. and Jamal Nichols. Pre-season All-America shooting guard Marvin O'Connor sat out the scrimmage with a mild ankle sprain. The Red team won the scrimmage 65-61, as the fans got to see an exciting, crowd-pleasing game featuring a spectacular 27-point performance from Crenshaw, an impressive season debut from sophomore guard-forward Miller, and the coming-out party of heralded freshman West. Crenshaw shot 7-11 from 3-point range in the contest, and was the beneficiary of many of Nelson's six assists. Nelson also put up 18 points and grabbed seven boards in the losing effort. For the red team, West displayed a dazzling array of offensive moves, a nice shooting touch and excellent body control and improvisational ability on several slashes to the hoop. He collected a team-leading 16 points on 8-10 shooting from the field, as well as six boards. Miller shot 6-13 en route to a 14 point night, and also dished out three assists, while returning third team all-conference power forward Bill Phillips also had a stellar night for the victorious Red team, scoring 16 points, hauling in a team-high nine rebounds and dishing out four assists. By Brian W. Ferrie '98, Hawk Hoop Club Contributing Writer