Feb. 12, 2010
PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's (9-15; 3-7 A-10) will play the first of two games on the road when it visits Massachusetts (9-15; 3-7 A-10) on Sunday, February 14 at 4 p.m. The game will be televised nationally on CBS College Sports.
Tom McCarthy and Steve Wolf will call the action for CBS. The game can be heard on WNTP Radio (990 AM) with Matt Martucci and Joe Lunardi calling the action. Audio streaming will be available free of charge on SJUHawks.com, via Stretch Internet.
GAME NOTES: This is the first of two consecutive games on the road for the Hawks, as they'll visit Xavier on Wednesday. SJU is still looking for its first road win outside of Philadelphia. Garrett Williamson leads the A-10 in assists in conference games (4.4). Saint Joseph's leads the A-10 in steals in conference games with 8.1, while Darrin Govens ranks second and Garrett Williamson is tied for third. In the decade that just ended, the Hawks amassed a 201-103 record (counting this season to date) and made seven post-season appearances. Phil Martelli is in his 15th season as head coach and his 25th at the University. Martelli served as an assistant coach for 10 years on the staffs of Jim Boyle and John Griffin. He is the A-10's active leader in conference wins with 144. Saint Joseph's is celebrating the Centennial of SJU Basketball this year, as the inaugural season took place in 1909-10.
LAST TIME OUT: Saint Louis used a strong second half, shooting 50 percent from the field, to defeat Saint Joseph's, 56-52, at Hagan Arena. SJU was led by Garrett Williamson with 13 points and Todd O'Brien with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Idris Hilliard scored 10 points, all in the first half. With Saint Joseph's up at halftime, 32-26, Saint Louis opened the second half with a 9-0 run in the first five minutes to tie the score at 35-35. The Hawks would take their last lead, 39-38, on free throws by Williamson at 13:30 before Saint Louis went on to outscore the home team, 13-4, over the next seven minutes to take control, 51-43. Williamson pulled the Hawks within 53-48, but then neither team would score over the next 2:30, until O'Brien's short jumper at :34 cut the deficit to 53-50. Despite shooting 61.3 percent from the foul line on the season, Saint Louis made 3-of-4 free throws to up its lead to 56-50 with :21 seconds to go. The Hawks couldn't convert again offensively until Williamson hit a layup with :04 to provide the final margin. SLU's defense limited the Hawks to a season-low 20 points in the second half, as the home team made just 8-for-27 from the field. Saint Joseph's did outrebound Saint Louis, 41-30, marking only the second time this season, and first since November 23, that the Hawks won the battle of the boards.
NO LOVE LOST: The Hawks own a 2-2 record in games played on Valentine's Day under Phil Martelli. Last year, SJU lost to La Salle, 75-68, at The Palestra.
THE AVENGERS: Saint Joseph's will be looking to avenge a loss to UMass from two weeks ago, when the Minutemen scored an 87-80 win in Hagan Arena. The Hawks were successful in defeating St. Bonaventure in the second meeting (Feb. 7), after suffering a 68-65 win in Olean a few weeks prior.
BRIGHT SPOTS: There were two bright spots in the loss to Saint Louis. First, the Hawks outrebounded SLU, 41-30, marking only the second time this year that they have won the battle of the boards. Also, SJU outscored Saint Louis, 28-16, in the paint, which was one of the best inside efforts of the year. On the season, Saint Joseph's has been outscored in the paint by an average of 34.2 points to 26.5 points.
GOVENS' GOALS: Darrin Govens has upped his shooting percentage during the conference portion of the season. The senior is hitting 41.7 percent from the field, which is higher than his overall shooting percentage of 38.4. Against Richmond and St. Bonaventure Govens made 12-for-25 from the field and 7-for-15 from 3-point range. On the season, Govens is averaging a team-best 13.1 ppg overall, and 13.7 ppg in conference play.
MR. EVERYTHING: The Hawks have needed Garrett Williamson to be more of a scorer this year and he's done that, while also bringing all of the intangibles every game. The senior has quietly tallied double figures in all but seven games this season, is averaging 11.3 ppg and has scored 271 points, which is the highest single-season total for his career. He has also continued to do all the little things on the court to help the cause, and here's a look at a few of those games: Towson - 4 assists, 3 blocks, 40 minutes (for the first time) Dayton - game-saving block with :04 to play UMass - 16 pts, 10 asts, 3 blocks, 6 steals (3rd double-double) St. Bonaventure (#2) - 5 straight pts while down 46-41; 5-for-6 FT shooting in final 1:33
MORE ON GARRETT: Phil Martelli had high praise for Garrett Williamson after the Dayton win, saying, "Garrett is a winner. Unfortunately it doesn't bear out this year with our record, but Garrett Williamson plays winning basketball. It's the reason he has the most minutes, it's the reason his teammates voted him captain. I actually compared him the other day to Dmitri Domani on the A-10 cham pionship team in 1997. Dimitri just did everything that was necessary and that's what Garrett does," said Martelli.
HANDOUTS: Garrett Williamson led the way with 10 assists against UMass and leads the A-10 in assists in conference games with 4.4 per game. The senior had seven of the Hawks' 10 assists against Richmond.
TOUTING TODD: Todd O'Brien's numbers have been up-and-down this year, but the sophomore had his third double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds vs. Saint Louis. O'Brien has posted double figures in points six times and double-digit rebounds four times.
THE FURTHER THE BETTER: More than half of Darrin Govens' shots this season are 3-point field goal attempts. And out of the 107 field goals he has made, 51 of them are threes. For his career, the senior is shooting 38.3 percent from 3-point range, and 36.1 percent overall.
TURNING THE TIDE: After a dismal 9-for-19 effort from the foul line in the first half against St. Bonaventure, the Hawks turned it around to make 20-of-26 in the second half to aid the win. SJU was led by Garrett Williamson (8-for-10) and Idris Hilliard (10-for-12) in the second half.
LEADERS OF THE PACK: Seniors Darrin Govens and Garrett Williamson have led or shared the lead in scoring for the majority of games this year. Govens has done so 10 times, while Williamson has topped the team in seven games.
CENTENNIAL MOMENT: February 14, 1981 - Saint Joseph's earned a 61-58 win over Big 5 rival Temple at The Palestra.
LOOKING AHEAD: SJU plays its second straight on the road when it visits Xavier on Wednesday, February 17, and then returns to Philadelphia to host Temple at The Palestra on February 20.