Jan. 24, 2005
PHILADELPHIA - The Saint Joseph's men's basketball team takes on Pennsylvania at The Palestra on Tuesday evening, January 25, in a Big 5 matchup. Game time is 8 p.m. for the contest which will be televised locally by CN8. Tickets are still available for the game and can be purchased through the SJU ticket office by calling 610-660-1712. The game can also be heard on the Saint Joseph's Sports Network on WPEN-Radio (950 AM).
ABOUT THE HAWKS: The Hawks rebounded from a loss at Dayton with a convincing 73-54 win at Massachusetts on Saturday. SJU has won five of its last six games and enters today's City Series game with a 1-0 mark in the Big 5.
ABOUT THE QUAKERS: Pennsylvania is 6-7 after last week's 85-63 win at Lafayette. This is the Big 5 finale for the Quakers, who are 1-2 in City Series play.
TV/RADIO: The game will be televised on CN8, The Comcast Network, with Scott Graham and Rob Kennedy calling the action. The Saint Joseph's Sports Network will broadcast the game on WPEN Radio (950 AM) with the team of Tom McCarthy and Joe Lunardi. McCarthy is in his second year as play-by-play announcer and Lunardi is in his 15th as the Hawks' color analyst. The game can also be heard via streaming audio on the Saint Joseph's website at www.sjuhawks.com.
NEXT GAME: Sat., Jan. 29 vs. Xavier, Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse, 2 p.m., ESPN2
LAST TIME OUT: Pat Carroll scored 19 points, including five 3-pointers, to lead Saint Joseph's over Massachusetts, 73-54, Carroll scored 13 as SJU took a 36-25 first half lead and never looked back. The Hawks built the lead to as much as 20 points in the second half, and UMass never came closer than 13. Rob Ferguson scored a career-high 14 points while Dwayne Lee tied his career-high with 13 and Dwayne Jones scored 11 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. UMass' leading scorer Rashaun Freeman, who averaged 26.5 points in the previous two games was held to four points on 2-of-7 shooting. After game's the first basket, Carroll hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give Saint Joseph's the lead for the rest of the game. UMass closed to within one point at 23-22 with 5:02 left in the half, but the Hawks then made nine of the next 10 points to stretch their margin to 32-23. Ferguson came on strong in the second half, scoring 12 points in that half, while shooting 5-for-6 in the game. SJU shot 50 percdent from the field, 50 percent from 3-point range and a season-best 78.9 percent from the foul line.
SHUTTING THEM DOWN: SJU's defense has been a key to its resurgence. In the last six games (5-1 record), the Hawks have limited their opponents to an average of 50.7 ppg, with no team scoring more than 58 points. The Hawks have also shut down the opponents' leading scorers, limiting all of them to single digits in scoring. Here's a rundown of the points scored by those players, with their scoring averages prior to that game in ( ). Bryant Dunston, Fordham: 9 points (14.5) Scott Hazelton, URI: 0 points - only 9 minutes w/ foul trouble (17.4) Rashaun Freeman, UMass: 6 points (14.8) Steven Smith, La Salle: 9 points (22.7) Monty Scott, Dayton: 9 points (11.9) Rashaun Freeman, UMass: 4 points (15.7)
BALANCED ATTACK: The win at UMass was one of the most balanced scoring efforts of the year for the Hawks, with four players in double figures.
KEY TO THE CITY: The Hawks are looking to defend their Big 5 City Series title, having won the last two outright crowns. SJU has won a total of 19 Big 5 titles (9 outright/10 shared), which is second all-time to Temple's 22 titles (5 outright/17 shared), although SJU has won the most outright titles of any school. The Hawks also own a 10-game Big 5 winning streak and have not lost a Big 5 game since an 82-72 loss to Temple on Feb. 2, 2002. SJU was defeated by Drexel earlier this year (Dec. 4), but the game does not count in the City Series standings.