April 21, 2006
PHILADELPHIA - Senior Chet Stachitas (Ponte Vedra Beach, FL) earned the John P. Hilferty Memorial Award, given to the Most Valuable Player of the Saint Joseph's basketball team at the 51st annual Men's Basketball Awards Banquet held at the Hilton Philadelphia on Friday evening.
Sophomores Rob Ferguson (Ft. Myers, FL) and Abdulai Jalloh (District Hts., MD) were co-recipients of the Robert F. O'Neill Award as the team's Most Improved Player. Senior Dwayne Lee (Jersey City, NJ) earned the William F. Maher Memorial Award given to the player who exhibits loyalty.
Seniors Dave Mallon and Rob Sullivan (Philadelphia, PA) were co-recipients of the William J. Bennett Memorial Award given for dedication and service to SJU basketball. Sophomore Pete Kathopoulis (Upper Darby, PA) earned the George Senesky Memorial Academic Award for outstanding academic achievement while freshman Alvin Mofunanya (Englewood, NJ) received the Daniel J. Cummins, Jr. Award for spirit.
Stachitas, a selection to both the Atlantic 10 All-Conference 2nd Team and the Big 5 2nd Team, was the Hawks' second leading scorer with 13.3 points per game. He topped the team in 3-point percentage (40.5) and converted 80.5 percent from the foul line as the Hawks led the nation in free throw percentage (79.9). The senior scored double figures 24 times and earned a spot on the Atlantic 10 All-Championship Team as the Hawks reached the title game.
Stachitas, who closed out his career with 1,122 points to rank 22nd on the Hawks' all-time list, also holds the SJU record for games played in a career with 130. He excelled in the classroom as well, earning Academic All-District and Atlantic 10 Academic honors for consecutive years.
Ferguson and Jalloh both established themselves as key players for the Hawks, with career-best numbers for each. Ferguson averaged 10.8 points and 4.4 rebounds while posting the highest field goal percentage (50.4) of the starters. He scored double figures in 19 games, had a game-winning shot to his credit (vs. Temple) and had a "perfect" game, making all seven shots against Duquesne. Jalloh was the team's top scorer and rebounder with 15.0 points and 5.5 rebounds. The guard led the nation's best free throw shooting squad by hitting 84 percent from the line. He registered double figures 20 times and had the highest output for the Hawks this season with 30 points vs. Ohio State.
Lee directed the squad from the point and averaged double figures for the first time in his career (10.8 ppg). He averaged a team-high 37.4 minutes per game and played 94 percent of the possible minutes this season. Lee also topped the team in assists with 4.3 per game.
Mallon perservered through an injury plagued career and became one of the team's leaders and top defenders in the post. He averaged 4.1 points and 3.3 rebounds while being part of the four-year senior class that won 96 games, tied as the second best number in history. Sullivan earned a spot on the squad as a walk-on in 2003 and made great contributions to the team although seeing limited playing time.
The Patrick D. O'Pake Memorial Award for the team's "Unsung Hero" was shared by Andrew Moral, the Hawk mascot, and fellow team managers Kate McCreight and Katelyn Zollo. The Michael J. Conway Memorial Award for a person who has given back to the University was presented to Tess Boyle, wife of former coach and player Jim Boyle, who passed away in December 2005. The Emory Ross Sixth Man Award was presented to a group of Saint Joseph's students - Dave Bouchard, Greg Burns, Chris Callanan, Brendan Prunty and Tom Rafferty - who originated "General Lee's Army", a fan club for Hawk senior Dwayne Lee.