Nov. 22, 2010
PHILADELPHIA - The Saint Joseph's men's basketball team (1-2) will continue play in the Philly Hoop Group Classic at Fairfield (1-2) on Tuesday, November 23 at the Arena at Harbor Yards. The game will be carried on WNTP Radio (990 AM) with the pre-game show beginning at 7 p.m.
The Saint Joseph's Sports Network broadcast of the game will also 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: Saint Joseph's snapped its two-game losing streak with the 70-65 win over Norfolk State on Saturday at Hagan Arena. Phil Martelli is in his 16th year as Saint Joseph's head coach, and his 26th year on Hawk Hill. The coach needs 10 wins to reach 300 for his career, and the 24th game he coaches this year will be his 400th. Leading scorer Carl Jones has each scored double figures in five 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. Tonight's game is also part of the nationwide Jesuit Basketball Spotlight project, using Jesuit basketball to raise awareness of Jesuit education. Both Saint Joseph's and Fairfield are Jesuit schools. The Hawks close out play in the Philly Hoop Group Classic on Nov. 26 against Rutgers at The Palestra. For tickets, call 888-SJU-HAWK or The Palestra box office at 215-898-6151.
LAST TIME OUT: Daryus Quarles had 17 points and Carl Jones scored 16 to lead Saint Joseph's over Norfolk State, 70-65, in the opening game of the Philly Hoop Group Classic for the Hawks' first victory. Quarles made 4-of-5 3-pointers, with a number of key baskets, for the first double-figure game of his career. Jones made 8-of-8 free throws in the final minute and was 11-for-12 in the game. The Hawks trailed in the early going but took their first lead of the game, 20-19, on a jumper by Quarles. Norfolk State regained the lead quickly, 21-19, but the Hawks would score the next five points. A jumper by Langston Galloway gave the Hawks a 28-24 halftime lead. With SJU holding a 31-24 lead, Norfolk State went on a 7-0 run to knot the score at 31. After a 33-33 tie Quarles made a free throw and hit another three-pointer to push the Hawks' lead to 37-33. Norfolk State would force one more tie, 41-41, but Todd O'Brien's layup would push the Hawks ahead again and with 5:18 to play, Quarles hit another three to give SJU a 53-46 cushion. The Spartans closed to within two points one more time, 55-53, but Jones answered for the Hawks with a jumper at 2:43 before starting his trips to the foul line.
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. SJU went back to the opening-day lineup for the Norfolk St. game. Here are SJU's starters to date: WKU - Hilliard, Aiken, Quarles, Galloway, Jones Penn St.- Hilliard, Aiken, Quarles, Galloway, Bentley Norfolk St. - Hilliard, Aiken, Quarles, Galloway, Jones
WAITING GAME: It took a little longer than usual for the Hawks to get their first win, with it coming in the third game of the season. SJU hadn't gone 0-2 to start the season since 1998-99.
ROAD WOES: Saint Joseph's struggled on the road last season, winning only one game outside of Philadelphia, at George Washington on March 3, 2010. With the recent loss at Penn State, the Hawks are 0-1 this year. SJU will now be away from Hagan Arena for five straight games, although Friday's game is at the Hawks' "home away from home", The Palestra.
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.
JONES-IN': Carl Jones has recorded double-figures in all three games and has a streak of five games dating back to last year. The sophomore is the Hawks' top free-throw shooter, converting 87.5 percent, which included an 11-for-12 effort in the win over Norfolk State. Jones made 8-for-8 from the line in the final 1:03 to preserve the win.
LONG-RANGE THREAT: Despite the Hawks' struggles behind the arc, Daryus Quarles showed that he could be one of SJU's long-range threats this year. The freshman converted 2-of-3 in the first half, including a 3-pointer that gave the Hawks the lead. He finished with a team-high 17 points while hitting 4-of-5 3-pointers.
EVERYBODY INTO THE ACT: Phil Martelli has used at least 10 of the 11 scholarship players in each game. With the revolving door, five players are averaging over 20 minutes per game with Idris Hilliard owning the highest average at 31.0 minutes.
LOCAL TEAM: Saint Joseph's is Philadelphia's representative in the Philly Hoop Group Classic. After tonight's game the Hawks will close out play in the tourney on Friday vs. Rutgers at The Palestra.
ON BOARD: Freshman Langston Galloway has led the Hawks in rebounding in all three games and is averaging a team-high 7.3 on the season. The 6-2 guard had nine boards at Penn State to go along with 12 points scored.
FAMILIAR FACES: Looming ahead for Phil Martelli on Friday is a game against his son Jimmy, who is an assistant coach at Rutgers, and former assistant Mike Rice, who is now the Scarlet Knights' head coach. The elder Martelli has never faced one of his sons' teams in a regular-season game. Oldest son Phil, Jr., is currently an assistant coach at Niagara.
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. In one sequence during the Norfolk State game, all five freshmen were on the court at the same time.
LOOKING AHEAD: SJU closes out play in the Philly Hoop Group Classic facing Rutgers in the second game of the doubleheader at the Palestra on Nov. 26. The Hawks then face a tough stretch the following week with three road games in five days, at Drexel, Villanova and Princeton.