Nov. 19, 2010
PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's men's basketball will open play in the Philly Hoop Group Classic against Norfolk State (1-1) on Saturday, November 20 at Hagan Arena. Game time is 4 p.m.
Audio and video streaming of the game, with Matt Martucci calling the action will be available on SJUHawks.com. The audio stream is available free of charge. Click here to listen.
Audio and video streaming of the game will be available on SJUHawks.com. The audio stream, with Matt Martucci calling, the action is available free of charge. Click here to listen.A subscription to Hawks All-Access is necessary to view the game. Click here to subscribe.
The Hawks lost at Penn State on Tuesday, 66-57, in their first road game of the year. Idris Hilliard led four players in double figures with 13 points. This marks the first 0-2 start for SJU since the 1998-99 season. The Hawks have lost three in a row dating back to 2009-10, with the last win coming on March 6, 2010. Phil Martelli is in his 16th year as Saint Joseph's head coach, and his 26th year on Hawk Hill. The coach needs 11 wins to reach 300 for his career, and the 24th game he coaches this year will be his 400th. Idris Hilliard and Carl Jones have each scored double figures in four straight games dating back to last season. SJU is fielding its youngest team ever under Phil Martelli with two seniors, one junior, four sophomores and five freshmen. The opening day starting lineup included three freshmen, which is the most ever under Martelli. The Hawks continue play in the Philly Hoop Group Classic, visiting Fairfield on Tuesday, Nov. 23, before closing out the tournament on Nov. 26 against Rutgers at The Palestra.
LOOKING AHEAD: SJU continues play in the Philly Hoop Group Classic traveling to Fairfield on Nov. 23 and then facing Rutgers in the second game of the doubleheader at the Palestra on Nov. 26.
AST TIME OUT: Saint Joseph's fought back from a double-digit halftime deficit, closing to within six with five minutes remaining, but it wasn't enough as the Hawks fell to Penn State, 66-57, at the Bryce Jordan Center. Idris Hilliard led the way for SJU, scoring 13 points, while Langston Galloway added 11 points and nine rebounds. C.J. Aiken (12) and Carl Jones (10) were also in double figures. Neither team shot well from the floor, as Penn State was 20-of-55 (36.4%) from the field and the Hawks were 19-of-55 (34.5%) overall. With the score tied, 17-17, PSU closed the half on a 13-2 run to take a 30-19 advantage into the locker room. The teams essentially traded baskets in the second half, with neither squad scoring more than five points in a row. SJU managed to claw back within seven on a Todd O'Brien dunk with 5:39 to go, and Jones' 3-pointer with 5:01 to play cut the PSU margin to six at 51-45, but PSU converted 9-of-14 free throws over the last 3:41 to salt away the victory.
SWITCHING IT UP: The Hawks' starting lineup this year could change on a game-by-game basis. Justin Crosgile and Carl Jones were slated to start at Penn State but were late for the team bus and replaced by Charoy Bentley and Daryus Quarles. Here are SJU's lineups to date: WKU - Hilliard, Aiken, Quarles, Galloway, Jones Penn St.- Hilliard, Aiken, Quarles, Galloway, Bentley
LONG-RANGE STRUGGLES: SJU has struggled from 3-point range thus far, hitting only 20 percent with a low of 19% at Penn State. Langston Galloway is the Hawks' leader with four 3-pointers made.
BRIGHT SPOT: One bright spot in the Hawks' loss to Western Kentucky was the rebounding. Despite being outrebounded, 41-37, the Hawks had 19 offensive rebounds. Last year, the Hawks struggled on the boards and had a -7.7 rebounding margin while only averaging 9.6 offensive rebounds per game. Guard Langston Galloway was SJU's top rebounder against Western Kentucky with seven boards.
EVERYBODY INTO THE ACT: All 11 scholarship players have seen action in both games, with walk-on Taylor Trevisan being the only Hawk not playing any minutes thus far. With the revolving door, five players are averaging over 20 minutes per game with Idris Hilliard owning the highest average at 28.5 minutes.
LOCAL TEAM: Saint Joseph's is Philadelphia's representative in the Philly Hoop Group Classic. After today's opener against Norfolk State, the Hawks will travel to Fairfield on Tuesday (Nov. 23) before playing Rutgers at The Palestra on Nov. 26.
ON BOARD: Freshman Langston Galloway has led the Hawks in rebounding in both games and is averaging a team-high 8.0 on the season. The 6-2 guard had nine boards at Penn State to go along with 12 points scored.
FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH: The starting lineup in the opening game was the youngest under Phil Martelli. Freshmen C.J. Aiken, Langston Galloway and Daryus Quarles were starters against Western Kentucky, along with Carl Jones and Idris Hilliard.
YOUNG GUNS: Saint Joseph's is sporting one of its most youthful squads in school history, and the youngest under Phil Martelli, with a combined 11 years of college experience entering this season. The Hawks have just two seniors and one junior on the roster. At the start of the season the average age of the SJU squad was 19.8 years old.