Jan. 5, 2007
CHARLOTTE, NC - Saint Joseph's (8-5; 1-0) takes to the road to visit Charlotte (6-7; 0-1) in an Atlantic 10 matchup on Sunday, January 7, at 6 p.m. at Halton Arena.
The game will be broadcast on WNTP Radio (990 AM) with Tom McCarthy and Joe Lunardi calling the action and the pre-game show beginning at 6:30 p.m. It can also be heard via Hawks' All-Access on www.sjuhawks.com.
SJU is coming off an 89-41 win over Duquesne on Wednesday while Charlotte lost at Dayton, 66-63, on Thursday.
GAME NOTES: Second leading scorer Rob Ferguson suffered a sprained right ankle in practice on Friday and is questionable for the game. SJU has won two in a row and three of its last four games. The Hawks rank second in the Atlantic 10 in scoring defense, limiting the opponents to 59.6 points per game. Four SJU games will be televised in Philadelphia on Comcast SportsNet, with more outlets nationally, via the CSTV Network. The games are Jan. 13 vs. Rhode Island (2 pm); Jan. 21 vs. Xavier (Noon); Feb. 4 vs. Dayton (Noon); and Mar. 3 vs. UMass (4 pm). Phil Martelli owns the most Atlantic 10 wins among active coaches with 115. His winning percentage in conference games (.647) is the highest among active coaches who have been in the league for more than one season. He also owns the longest tenure at one school of any of the league's coaches. Phil Martelli needs five wins to surpass Hall of Famer Jack Ramsay on SJU's list for coaching victories. Ramsay totaled 234 in 11 years (234-72 from 1955 to 66) while Martelli's 12-year mark stands at 230-130.
SEASON-BESTS: The Hawks posted some of their best numbers of the season in the win over Duquesne. They were: most points (89); assists (28); blocks (10); largest winning margin since Jan. 24, 2004 (114-63 win at St. Bonaventure) best shooting percentages - FG (56.3%); 3-pt (37.6%); FT (100%) fewest turnovers (9) fewest points by an opponent in a game (41) and a half (12)
FERG'S FINEST: SJU's coaches told Rob Ferguson he needs to be more aggressive on offense, and he responded with the kind of game against Duquesne that has been expected of him. The junior made seven of his first eight shots to score 17 points in the first half alone, en route to tying his career-high with 22 points. He finished the game going 9-for-12 from the field and making 4-of-7 3-pointers. Ferguson also matched his career-high with eight rebounds and blocked a personal best three shots. He's now averaging 12.3 points and 5.2 rebounds, while shooting 47.4 percent from the field and 86.7 percent from the foul line.
HE'S BACK: Ahmad Nivins returned to the starting lineup vs. Hofstra after missing the Saint Mary's game with a sprained ankle. The sophomore responded with 14 points on 5-for-6 shooting and followed that with his first double-double of the year with 16 points and 11 rebounds in the win over Boston University. He earned All-Tournament honors at the Holiday Festival and is now averaging a team-high 15.9 points and 7.2 rebounds on the year.
GIVEN BY GOVENS: Freshman reserve guard Darrin Govens leads the Hawks in assists (3.5) and tops the A-10 in assist/turnover ratio with 2.5. Govens handed out a season-best seven assists against Duquesne and has totalled 17 in the past four games.
PAT'S PLAY: Pat Calathes has been one of the Hawks' more consistent scorers, tallying double figures in all but four games. The junior is second on the team in rebounding (6.2, 3.3) and assists, while scoring 11.6 ppg. He also ranks among the A-10 leaders in six different categories.