Martelli Earns 250th Win as Saint Joseph's Routs Penn, 82-42
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  01/19/2008

Jan. 19, 2008

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PHILADELPHIA - Pat Calathes scored a game-high 18 points and all 12 Hawks got in the scoring column as Saint Joseph's (10-5) rolled to an 82-42 win over Penn (5-11) in a Big 5 game at the sold-out Palestra. The victory was the 250th for SJU coach Phil Martelli in 13 seassons on Hawk Hill.

Ahmad Nivins added 15 points, all in the second half, while Rob Ferguson had 12 points. Garrett Williamson handed out a career-high nine assists and all 12 active players scored for the Hawks.

The Hawks hit eight of their first 12 shots, including five 3-pointers, while Penn only connected on 1-for-11 as SJU jumped out to a 21-3 lead. SJU's lead reached 32-7 with 5:26 left in the half, and a 3-pointer by Calathes with 15 seconds left made it 38-14 at the break.

A 15-5 run at the start of the second half gave Saint Joseph's a 53-19 advantage with 14:44 remaining. SJU finished the second half with 18 assists on 19 field goals.

"Overall, in the second half, we were very, very efficient in the way we moved the ball. Certainly getting everybody on the roster into the scoring column is a plus," said Martelli, who owns a record of 250-144. "It was Saturday night at the Palestra - what could be better for a college basketball player."

"Garrett Williamson has been our most consistent player all season. With Garrett, whatever role we give him, he's consistent," said Martelli.

The Hawks were without Tasheed Carr for the second consecutive game as he is still sidelined with a sprained ankle.

It was Saint Joseph's largest margin of victory since January 3, 2007 when it defeated Duquesne, 89-41.

The Hawks resume play in the Atlantic 10 on Wednesday evening, hosting UMass at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse at 6 p.m.

SJU students congratulate new Big 5 Hall of Famer Rap Curry '94.