Feb. 27, 2007
CINCINNATI, OH - Saint Joseph's (17-11; 9-5 A-10) travels to Xavier (21-7; 13-1) for a key Atlantic 10 matchup on Wednesday evening in the Cintas Center. Game time is 7 p.m.
There will be free audio streaming for Wednesday's game on www.sjuhawks.com with Tom McCarthy and Joe Lunardi calling the action.
The contest will not be televised in Philadelphia, but only on Fox Sports Ohio and can be picked up via Direct TV packages. It can also be watched through the All-Access Pay-per-View section of sjuhawks.com for $9.95. Click here for Pay Per View.
GAME NOTES: The Hawks saw their four-game winning streak, and five-game A-10 winning streak, come to an end at Richmond on Saturday night. Pat Calathes was named the Big 5 Player of the Week for the first time in his career after averaging 23.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 5.5 assists last week. He shot 58.1 percent from the field. This is the ninth time in Phil Martelli's 12 seasons that SJU has won at least 17 games. Darrin Govens missed the Richmond game after spraining his left ankle late in the Temple contest but is probable for tonight. The Hawks have a two-game regular season winning streak here in the Cintas Center. Pat Calathes is averaging 16.6 points and 8.5 rebounds in the month of February as the Hawks have gone 5-3. Calathes is shooting 47.9% from the field and 87.9% from the foul line. Ahmad Nivins ranks second in the Atlantic 10 in field goal percentage with his mark of 62.7. MAJOR LETDOWN: After reeling off five straight conference wins, and coming off a big win over city rival Temple, the Hawks suffered a letdown at Richmond and allowed the Spiders to dominate them offensively. UR came into the game scoring an A-10 low 59.2 ppg but scored its second highest total (78) of the year against the Hawks. Richmond shot 61.7% in the game, the highest percentage allowed by SJU this year. Offensively, the Hawks got no bench scoring in the game, and had only four players combining for the 68 points.
MAN IN THE MIDDLE: Ahmad Nivins dominated offensively against the much smaller Richmond team, scoring 27 points on 10-for-11 shooting. The sophomore made nine of his first 10 shots in the game and grabbed nine rebounds. It was Nivins' seventh 20-plus point game of the season, upping his scoring average to 16.2 ppg.
DOWN THE HOMESTRETCH: This is the time of year when Phil Martelli's teams are generally at their best, exemplified by some strong runs into the postseason. In fact, counting the last six games of the regular season in the past four years, Martelli's teams are a combined 20-4 (23-5 counting this season). In both 2005-06 and 2004-05, the squads won five of the last six regular-season contests. In 2003-04, they were unbeaten, and in 2002-03, the Hawks went 4-2. Last year, Saint Joseph's was 10-11 in 2005-06 and despite losing at Temple on Feb. 14, won five in a row to enter the A-10 Tournament with a 15-12 record. SJU increased its winning streak to eight consecutive to reach the conference championship game. The Hawks are currently 3-1 in this year's "final six".
DARRIN'S STATUS: Darrin Govens is probable for tonight's game after missing the Richmond game with a sprained his left ankle suffered with 1:56 to play in the Temple win. The freshman did not practice on Monday night, but was expected to on Tuesday. Govens missed three games earlier this season with a fractured right hand (fourth metacarpal). He had surgery on Nov. 17 and was cleared by the doctor just hours before the BU game on Nov. 27. If he cannot play against Richmond, Jawan Carter will move back into the starting five.
PAT ON THE BACK: Pat Calathes continued his strong play with a career-best effort against Temple. Calathes' line was: 27 points; 7 assists; 7 rebounds; and 10-for-15 field goals. He reached new career-highs in points, field goals made and tied his assist mark. His performance prompted Temple head coach Fran Dunphy to say, "Calathes was unbelievable. His line is fantastic. He's getting to be as good a player as there is in the area... He's been great. He buried us in the first part of the second half." He followed that with 20 points at Richmond in a losing cause, giving him six 20-plus point games this season. For his efforts, he was named the Big 5 Player of the Week, averaging 23.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 5.5 assists.
MAKING HIS START: Darrin Govens made four consecutive starts before his injury, replacing Jawan Carter, and responded with four straight double-figure games. Govens had 15 points on 5-for-10 shooting against La Salle, scored 16 with a career-best 4-of-7 3-pointers vs. GW, and scored 12 at St. Bonaventure. As a starter, Govens is averaging 13.5 points and is shooting 50 percent (19-for-38) from the field, and 47.6 percent (10-for-21) from 3-point range. He missed the Richmond game because of the sprained ankle suffered against Temple.