Feb. 17, 2008
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PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's (16-7; 7-3) will host La Salle (10-13; 4-5) on Monday evening at the Palestra in an 8 p.m. The game, which counts in both the Atlantic 10 and Big 5 standings, will be televised locally on Comcast SportsNet.
Tickets are still available for the game thru the SJU Ticket Office - 610-660-1712.
The game can also be heard on WNTP (990 AM) with the SJU broadcast crew of Ken Krsolovic and Joe Lunardi.
Comcast SportsNet will televise the game live with Tom McCarthy and John Griffin calling the action. Hawks' All-Access annual subscribers can watch the game on www.sjuhawks.com free of charge while others can access it thru pay-per-view at a charge of $9.95.
GAME NOTES: Pat Calathes tops the Hawks in scoring (18.4 ppg) and rebounding (8.1) 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). Tonight is not only an Atlantic 10 game, but also a Big 5 contest. The Hawks are 2-0 in the Big 5 with a game remaining against Temple on March 2. After being on the road for four games in the past three weeks, the Hawks head into the final stretch of the regular season with home games in four of the last six. SJU has won seven of its last nine games, snapping the two-game losing streak on Feb. 13 vs. St. Bonaventure. The Hawks were 41st in the RPI (collegerpi.com) as of Feb. 10.
LAST TIME OUT: Saint Joseph's got back on the winning track with the 81-56 win over St. Bonaventure. The Hawks only trailed for 40 seconds at the start and held a 41-36 lead at halftime, while shooting 55.6 percent. Ahmad Nivins led the way with 10 of his 18 points in the first half, including his 1,000th career point. SJU started the second half with an 11-0 run to build a double-digit lead they would not relinquish. The final margin of 25 points was the Hawks' largest of the game. Pat Calathes added 15 points while Rob Ferguson had 12. Tasheed Carr posted 11 points and seven assists.
FERG'S FINEST: Rob Ferguson has been "in the zone" lately with his shooting as the senior has converted 65.7 percent (23-35) from the field in the last four games. He's also hit 70.6 percent (12-17) of his 3-point attempts, while averaging 16.2 points during this stretch. The senior has posted double figures in 11 of the last 14 games and can make a case of being one of the most improved players in the A-10 with a career-best 12.0 points per game this season. Over the last 11 games, Ferguson is averaging 14.0 points.
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 (18.3) 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 19.1 average. Calathes also ranks third on the Hawks in assists and second in blocks and is among the league's top 10 in a total of seven statistical categories. He has led the Hawks in scoring 14 games and in rebounding 15 times, while posting eight double-doubles and tallying 20 or more points 10 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.
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.
WELL-DESERVED REST: After going through a stretch in which they played four games in eight days and five in 11, the Hawks are now in the midst of a span of three games in 12 days. SJU hasn't done well this year when the schedule is tight. Earlier in the season, the Hawks had four games in eight days and lost the fourth one to Holy Cross. The pattern held true the previous week as the Hawks won three and lost the fourth at Duquesne.
CHAIRMEN OF THE BOARDS: Pat Calathes and Ahmad Nivins have now both surpassed 500 rebounds in their careers. Calathes is 32nd on the Hawks' all-time list with 558 and Nivins is 35th with 523. They become the 24th and 25th players in SJU history to record over 1,000 points and grab over 500 rebounds.
PAT ON THE BACK: Phil Martelli has said repeatedly that Pat Calathes is "doing more by doing less" this season and feels that Calathes is more efficient this year. The senior is scoring a career-best 18.3 points per game and has limited his turnovers to 2.2 per game, down from his 3.0 average last year.
LOOKING AHEAD: The Hawks get a needed break and don't play again until Sunday, February 24, when they visit Rhode Island for a key A-10 battle. Then a slate of three straight home games begins when SJU hosts Saint Louis on Feb. 28 at the Fieldhouse.