March 29, 2006
- Saint Joseph's finished 2005-06 with a 19-14 record, its second consecutive appearance in the Atlantic 10 championship game, and its sixth straight postseason bid. The Hawks' year was characterized by a resilient group which fought through mid-season struggles to play their best basketball down the stretch, and put them in the mix again for the conference title and a postseason run.
SAINT JOSEPH'S BASKETBALL 2005-06 SEASON NOTES
HAWKS IN THE POSTSEASON: With the berth in the NIT, Saint Joseph's made its sixth straight appearance in postseason play and the eighth in Phil Martelli's 11 years. These six trips have consisted of three berths in the NCAA and three in the NIT. It was the 14th NIT appearance in Saint Joseph's history and the 32nd overall post-season bid.
AT THE LINE: Saint Joseph's is the nation's leader in free throw percentage (79.9) (in the rankings of March 27) and closed out the season with a 18-for-19 effort in the NIT loss to Hofstra. SJU's season mark (79.9) set the school record for highest percentage in a season. Abdulai Jalloh finished second in the league and 50th in the NCAA rankings with a mark of 84 percent.
MAKING THEIR MARK: The 2006 senior class of Dwayne Lee, Dave Mallon, Chet Stachitas is tied for second place on the list for wins by a four-year class, matching the mark of 96 victories by John Bryant and Pat Carroll (2001-05). The record is 98, held by Jameer Nelson and Tyrone Barley (2000-04). Lee, Mallon and Stachitas were part of a 96-35 record during their four years on Hawk Hill.
SETTING THE STANDARD: Chet Stachitas set the school record for career games played with 130, breaking the mark of 125 previously held by Jameer Nelson. Stachitas played in all but one during his four years, missing one to attend a funeral. The 131 games played during that four-year period is the most in school history.
PHIL IN THE POSTSEASON: Phil Martelli has won the most games of any SJU coach in the postseason, with a 17-8 record. Martelli has taken his Hawk teams to a postseason tournament eight times in 11 seasons. Included in that resume are two appearances in the NIT Finals, a trip to the NCAA Elite Eight (2004) and a berth in the NCAA Sweet 16 (1997).
RACKING THEM UP: In the last six years, Saint Joseph's has compiled a 141-54 record (72.3 winning pct.), which is an average of 23.5 victories per season.
MAKING IT HAPPEN: Although Phil Martelli gives alot of credit to the SJU seniors for the late-season run, the coach has again proven that he's one of the best in the business. The Hawks were lingering in 11th place in the Atlantic 10 after the Feb. 14 loss to Temple, and owned a 10-12 overall record, but put together a five-game streak to end the regular season, ascended to fifth place, reached the championship game and had eight straight wins before the season-ending loss.. It's similar to last season when Martelli worked his magic and earned A-10 Coach of the Year honors for the second straight season. The Hawks started out 3-6 on the year, and then went 21-6 from January on to post a 24-12 record, and reach the championship games of both the Atlantic 10 Tournament and NIT. o "This was the least-talented Hawks team during the six-season run. Which didn't stop them from playing with the passion and intelligence that have become the hallmarks of St. Joe's basketball under Martellli and his coaching staff. They always devise a way to give their teams a chance.... Ultimately, it is a chance many programs don't get because they are never in the fight. One way or another, the Hawks are always in the fight."- Phila. Daily News (March 13, 2006)
A-10 HONOREES: Chet Stachitas and Abdulai Jalloh earned Atlantic 10 All-Conference 2nd Team honors, while Ahmad Nivins was named to the All-Rookie Team. Stachitas, who earns All-Conference honors for the first time in his career, was also named to the All-Academic Team for the second straight season. Nivins is the Hawks' first All-Rookie selection since 2000-01, when Jameer Nelson earned mention. It gives SJU a run of seven consecutive years in which it has had at least one All-Conference selection.
CHARTING CHET: Chet Stachitas reached the 1000-point milestone vs. Fordham , but did it the hard way. Heading into the game, he needed just 6 points, but it took longer than expected. He took an elbow to the lip in the first half and played only six minutes before leaving the game to get five stitches. Stachitas returned at the start of the second half and wasted no time in getting the mark - he hit a 3-pointer at 18:31 and then made his next shot, a 3-pointer at 17:46 to reach the milestone. The senior didn't score the rest of the way, so his total stood at 1,000 until he had 11 vs. Richmond. He became the 44th player in Hawk history to achieve the feat and the fourth to reach the milestone in consecutive years, matching Pat Carroll ('05), Delonte West ('04) and Jameer Nelson ('03). He finished his career with 1,122 points, to rank 32nd on the all-time list. o Phil Martelli said: "We have never had a guy in my 21 years at St. Joe's that has gotten as much out of the Saint Joseph's experience as Chet has. He's an orientation leader, he's the president of the student-athlete advisory committee, he was Mr. SJU in a vote of the students, he's an Academic All-American. He has squeezed everything out of this experience. And to think about the players he played with to get 1,000 points is a really significant accomplishment. He didn't play much as a freshman, wasn't a main option as a sophomore and then last year he played second fiddle to a guy (Pat Carroll) who had as good a year as you could have. So it's really a terrific achievement."
WHERE THEY STAND: SJU had a number of performances this year which rank among the best in school history. The list is as follows: o Chet Stachitas: -22nd on all-time scoring list (1,122 points) - school record for career games played (130) - tied for 8th in single season 3-point field goals (75) - tied for 9th in career 3-point field goals (171)
o Dwayne Lee - 20th in single season assists (141)
o Abdulai Jalloh - tied for 2nd in career free throw percentage (.831) - 6th in single season free throw percentage (.840)
o Team - school record for highest free throw percentage in a season (.799)
IRON MAN: Dwayne Lee was forced to carry a heavy load as the Hawks' point guard this year. He averaged a team-high 37.4 minutes per game, was called on to play all 40 minutes 11 times and saw 39 minutes of action in five games. In fact, out of 1,305 possible minutes in 33 games, Lee played 1,233 minutes, or 94.4 percent.
A.J. FOR M.I.P.: Leading scorer Abdulai Jalloh made his case as one of most improved players in the A-10 and his play earned him All-Conference 2nd Team honors. He went from a reserve player averaging 4.3 ppg in 2004-05, to a starter scoring a team-best 15.0 ppg. Jalloh scored in double figures 20 times, and had the highest output for the Hawks this season with 30 points vs. Ohio State. The comparison of his two seasons: 2004-05 2005-06 Scoring avg. 4.3 15.0 Rebounding avg. 2.8 5.5 Minutes per game 14.3 30.2 FG pct. .327 .375 3-pt FG pct. .341 .342 FT pct. .807 .840
FERG'S DOUBLE FIGURES: Phil Martelli often said that he expects Rob Ferguson to be a double-figure scorer, and the sophomore did just that, finishing the year with a 10.8 average. Ferguson was one of the most consistent Hawks, shooting 50.2 percent from the field and 39.8 percent from 3-point range. He notched double figures in 19 games, including the final eight in a row. Ferguson also had a "perfect game" to his credit -- he went 7-for-7 from the field at Duquesne (March 4).
IN THE MIDDLE: Freshman Ahmad Nivins showed tremendous promise this season as one of the Hawks' most athletic players and a solid defensive presence. He began the year in the starting lineup, but ended up coming off the bench in the final 17. Nivins was second on the team in rebounding with 5.0 boards and topped the squad with 1.3 blocks per game. He missed three late-season games with a sprained ankle.
STANDING PAT: The emergence of Pat Calathes down the stretch became a huge plus for the Hawks. In the last seven games, Calathes averaged 10.7 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists, well above his season averages of 4.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists. Included in that span were four double-figure scoring games, and a career-high effort of 17 points in two games, including the season finale vs. Hofstra. During that seven-game stretch, Calathes also shot 48.2 percent (27-56) from the field and made 15 of 16 free throws.
LOOKING AHEAD: Saint Joseph's will welcome another strong recruiting class in the fall of 2006. Jawan Carter (6-0, G, Chester, PA/Tatnall School-Del.) was named the Gatorade State Player of the Year in Delaware, set the state scoring record (2,464 points) and led Tatnall to its first-ever state championship. Darrin Govens (6-1, G, Chester, PA/Chester H.S.) was the Delaware County Player of the Year and led Chester to its fifth consecutive Pennsylvania Class 4A title. Rockwell Moody (6-9, F, Arlington, VA/Bishop O'Connell H.S.) helped his team win its third straight Virginia Independent Schools State title. Derrick "D.J." Rivera (6-2, G, Philadelphia, PA/Neumann-Goretti H.S.), an All-City 1st Team selection, hit the game-winning shot as Neumann-Goretti won the Philadelphia Catholic League title.
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