Nov. 15, 2010
PHILADELPHIA - The Saint Joseph's men's basketball team (0-1) will go on the road for the first time this season when the Hawks visit Penn State (1-0) on Tuesday, November 16. Game time at the Bryce Jordan Center is 7:30 p.m.
The game is part of ESPN's "College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon", and will be seen on ESPN3.com with John Sanders and John Celestand calling the action.
The Saint Joseph's Sports Network broadcast of the game will be available on SJUHawks.com, with Matt Martucci and Joe Lunardi calling the action. The audio stream is available free of charge. Click here to listen.
GAME NOTES: The Hawks are coming off a 98-70 loss to Western Kentucky in the season opener. Carl Jones had 17 points, one shy of his career high, in the loss. 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. 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. These teams have not met since the 2007-08 season, when the Hawks scored a 79-67 win at The Palestra. Next up for the Hawks is three games in the Philly Hoop Group Classic, stretching from Nov. 20-26.
LAST TIME OUT: Saint Joseph's lost to Western Kentucky, 98-70, in the season opener at Hagan Arena. Starting three freshmen, the Hawks shot just 33.8 percent in the game while WKU hit 60.9 percent, including a blistering 72.4 percent in the second half. The game was tied 22-22 in the first half, but WKU built up a 48-38 lead by halftime and would lead by 20 points or more in the final 10 minutes. Carl Jones led SJU with 17 points while Langston Galloway had 13 in his debut and Idris Hilliard scored 12. It snapped a streak of five straight openers won by the Hawks.
FIRST-GAME JITTERS: The Hawks put a young lineup on the floor against a more experienced Western Kentucky team, and the result was SJU's first loss in an opener in six years. Phil Martelli said, "The best part is that you have to play your first game at some point and we now have that behind us. It's not in a fashion you want it to be in, but the older and physically stronger guys for them dominated the game. They played good basketball but we played skittish so now it's behind us and we have to get back to work."
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 saw action against Western Kentucky, with walk-on Taylor Trevisan being the only player not getting into the game.
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.
LOOKING AHEAD: The Hawks will return home on Saturday, November 20 to open play in the Philly Hoop Group Classic against Norfolk State. SJU will then travel to Fairfield on Nov. 23 and then face Rutgers in the Philly Hoop Group Classic doubleheader at the Palestra on Nov. 26.