March 7, 2011
PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's will travel to George Washington (17-13; 10-6) on Tuesday, March 8 to open play in the 2011 Atlantic 10 Tournament. Game time is 7 p.m. at the Smith Center. The contest will be televised nationally on CBS College Sports and can be heard on WNTP Radio (990 AM).
SJU fans can purchase tickets by emailing email@example.com. The fan bus has since been cancelled.
The Hawks (9-21; 4-12) earned the 12th seed in the tournament by way of a 71-70 win over Charlotte in the regular-season finale. GW is the fifth seed in the tournament. The winner will advance to the A-10 Quarterfinals at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on Friday at 2:30 p.m.
GAME NOTES: After scoring its first conference win of the year on Feb. 5, the Hawks have won four of their last eight games, including the 71-70 victory on Saturday that earned the spot in tonight's opening round game. Langston Galloway was chosen to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team, becoming the 14th Hawk to earn the honor, and the first since 2006-07. Freshman Langston Galloway was named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week and the Big 5 Co-Player of the Week as he scored a career-high 27 points and hit the game-winning free throw to lead the Hawks to the win over Charlotte. It was his fifth A-10 honor this season, tying T.J. McConnell of Duquesne for the league high this season. Leading scorer Carl Jones has scored double figures in 26 of 29 games this year, with nine games of 20-plus points. He missed the UMass game on Feb. 5 with a sprained ankle. C.J. Aiken ranks third in the nation in blocked shots and is the highest ranked freshman. He leads the Atlantic 10 with 3.6 per game and 3.9 in conference games only. Phil Martelli recorded his 150th Atlantic 10 win at Charlotte. He owns the most conference wins among active coaches with 150. The winner of tonight's game will face fourth-seeded Duquesne in the A-10 Quarterfinals on Friday at 2:30 p.m. at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall.
LAST TIME OUT: Langston Galloway tied his career-high with 27 points and hit a free throw with 4.1 seconds to play to lift Saint Joseph's to a 71-70 win over Charlotte in the regular-season finale at Halton Arena to earn the final spot in the A-10 Tournament. The Hawks shot a blistering 11-for-19 from 3-point range in the victory. Galloway was 8-for-11 from the field and a career-best 6-for-7 from 3-point range while Carl Jones scored 19 points and Idris Hilliard added 10 points. With SJU leading, 70-67, Charlotte's Derrio Green connected on a baseline three pointer with 10.3 seconds to go to knot the game at 70-70. On SJU's possession, Galloway drove to the hoop and was fouled with 4.1 seconds remaining. He made the first to provide the winning point, and although missed the second, Charlotte could only get off a desperation shot from beyond halfcourt. When the score was tied for the sixth time in the second half, 64-64, Galloway hit the shot of the game. He made a 3-pointer from near the Hawks' bench, was knocked to the ground, and made the ensuing free throw to give the Hawks a 68-64 lead with 1:20 remaining. Charlotte cut it to 69-67 on free throws but Jones built SJU's lead back up to 70-67 with a free throw at :32, thus setting the stage for the final seconds. Both teams were playing to extend their season in a win or go home scenario. The squads traded leads and were tied twice in the first half. Charlotte held a 33-28 lead on a layup with 2:37 to go, but SJU closed out the half with seven straight points, ending with a three-pointer by Galloway at the buzzer to give the Hawks a 35-33 halftime lead.
BACKS TO THE WALL: For the second year in a row, the Hawks clinched the final A-10 berth on the last day of the season. SJU defeated Charlotte to earn another game while last year, the Hawks beat city rival La Salle, 74-59, in Hagan Arena to earn the 12th seed in the conference tournament. Last year, Saint Joseph's fell at Rhode Island in the opening round to end the season.
TOURNAMENT FIXTURE: The Hawks qualified for their 29th consecutive Atlantic 10 Tournament, and have played in every one since joining the league in 1981-82.
TOURNEY TALES: Saint Joseph's has posted a 30-26 all-time record in the Atlantic 10 Tournament. The Hawks have reached the championship game five times (1986, 1997, 2005, 2006, 2008).
FOR OPENERS: SJU owns a 10-3 all-time record in Atlantic 10 First Round games, but lost to Rhode Island in last year's opening round.
THE IDES OF MARCH: SJU has traditionally put on some strong runs in the month of March. In the past five seasons, counting this one, the Hawks have compiled a 24-15 record. Saint Joseph's is 1-1 in March thus far this year, but has won four of its last eight games.
ROOKIE ACCOLADES: Langston Galloway has been named to the 2011 Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team, in a vote of the league's 14 coaches. He becomes the 14th Hawk to earn All-Rookie honors and the first since 2006-07 (Jawan Carter). Galloway earned the league's Rookie of the Week honors five times, which tied Duquesne's T.J. McConnell for the league's high this season. He ranks second on the Hawks in scoring with his 12.8 average. He also leads Saint Joseph's in rebounding (5.4), free throw percentage (88.2), steals (1.7) and assist/turnover ratio (2.4) and is the conference's leader in free throw percentage in overall games. Galloway scored double figures in 18 games this season and had eight games of 20-plus points. He notched a career-high 27 points twice in the last three games, which were both SJU victories.
LANGSTON'S LINE: Langston Galloway tied his career-high with 27 points to lead the Hawks to the win over Charlotte and was named the A-10 Rookie of the Week for the fifth time this year, and the fourth time in the past five weeks. He was also chosen the Big 5 Co-Player of the Week. The freshman shot 8-for-11 from the field against the 49ers and made 6-of-7 three-pointers, while hitting the game-winning free throw with 4.1 seconds to go.
REPEAT PERFORMANCE: In the win over Charlotte, the Hawks registered a few of the exact same numbers as in the victory over St. Bonaventure just three games ago. In both contests, the Hawks made 11 three-point field goals, hitting 6-for-10 shots in the first half. The team also had just 23 rebounds while Langston Galloway had 27 points on eight field goals.
DYNAMIC DUO: The backcourt combination of Carl Jones and Langston Galloway has accounted for 46 percent of the Hawks' scoring this year (833 points) and has made 60 percent of SJU's three-point field goals. Together, the pair has taken 41 percent of SJU's field goal attempts and 49 percent of the Hawks' three-point attempts. The players combined for 47 of the Hawks' 79 points in the win over St. Bonaventure, shooting 12-for-20 from the field and 7-for-10 from three-point range. At Charlotte, the duo totalled 46 of SJU's 71 points, while hitting 8-of-13 three pointers.
MAKING THEIR MARK: There are a few individual statistical efforts that may rank among the top in Hawk history. Here's a list of the numbers and where they currently rank: Langston Galloway: 2nd in season FT Pct. (88.2)/ record is 89.2 C.J. Aiken: tied for 3rd in season blocks (109)/ record is 121 - Set freshman record for blocks in a season (109) - 2nd in season block average (3.6)/ record is 3.8 Idris Hilliard: ranks 10th in career FG Pct. (50.5) Team: needs five blocks to tie the record for blocks in a season (166) - Could set record for block average in a season (5.7)
MARTELLI MILESTONES: Head coach Phil Martelli needs two wins to achieve 300 victories for his career. At Charlotte, he notched his 150th Atlantic 10 victory. He coached his 500th career game and 250th Atlantic 10 contest at Fordham on Feb. 13. Martelli has now coached the second most games in school history (506). Bill Ferguson, who was the Hawks' mentor from 1928 to 1953, coached 517 games, and holds the school record for victories with 309.
JONES-IN': Carl "Tay" Jones has recorded double-figures in 26 of 29 games and has scored 20-plus points 10 times, including a career-best 29 points vs. Minnesota. He had a 13-game scoring streak, which dated back to last year, come to an end at Holy Cross. Jones leads the Hawks with his 17.0 scoring average and ranks sixth the A-10 in overall scoring and fifth with 16.6 ppg in league games. He averages the most field goal attempts on the squad, taking 12.3 shots per game. Jones missed the win over UMass on Feb. 5 due to a sprained ankle, but returned to score 15 points in the win at Fordham. After scoring just eight points at UMass, Jones had 20 in the win over St. Bonaventure, as he made 10-for-13 from the foul line, and 19 at Charlotte with a 10-for-15 effort from the line.
AROUND THE BLOCK: C.J. Aiken's remarkable total of 109 blocked shots this season has already set the Hawks' freshman record for blocks in a season, eclipsing the mark of 95 set by all-time leader Rodney Blake in 1984-85. It is tied as the third best single-season total in school history behind Blake's record of 121 set in 1985-86. Aiken is now tied for seventh all-time in career blocks.
AT THE LINE: If Langston Galloway can better his current free throw percentage of 88.2 percent slightly by the end of the season, he will set the single-season record for free throw percentage. Delonte West owns the mark, hitting 89.2 percent in 2003-04.
TAKING CARE OF THE BALL: The Hawks have limited the turnovers as of late. SJU has averaged 7.8 in the past eight games, which includes just six against Charlotte and seven vs. #23 Temple. On the year, Saint Joseph's is averaging 10.9 turnovers and forcing about the same number, 10.8, to own the 14th lowest turnover number in the nation.