Feb. 23, 2006
PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's senior Chet Stachitas became the 44th player in Hawk history to reach 1,000 points in his career, when he scored six points in SJU's 64-58 win over Fordham on Feb. 22.
Heading into the game with Fordham, Stachitas needed just 6 points to hit the milestone. Stachitas reached the mark, but it took longer than expected. He took an elbow to the face in the first half and played only six minutes before leaving the game to get five stitches in his upper lip. Stachitas returned at the start of the second half and wasted no time in getting the mark - he hit a 3-pointer at 18:31 and then made his next shot, a 3-pointer at 17:46 to reach the milestone. The senior didn't score the rest of the way, so his career total stands at 1,000 heading into the final home game of the year on Saturday against Richmond.
"We have never had a guy in my 21 years at St. Joe's that has gotten as much out of the Saint Joseph's experience as Chet has," said Hawk coach Phil Martelli. He's an orientation leader, he's the president of the student-athlete advisory committee, he was Mr. SJU in a vote of the students, he's an Academic All-American. He should be the Scholar-Athlete in the Atlantic 10 this year"
"He has squeezed everything out of this experience. And to think about the players he played with to get 1,000 points is a really significant accomplishment. He didn't play much as a freshman, wasn't a main option as a sophomore and then last year he played second fiddle to a guy (Pat Carroll) who had as good a year as you could have. So it's really a terrific achievement," commented the coach.
It marks the fourth consecutive year that the Hawks have had a player reach the milestone. Stachitas follows Jameer Nelson (2003), Delonte West (2004) and Pat Carroll (2005).
The Hawks close out the regular season at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse on Saturday, when they host Richmond at noon. It's "Senior Day" where SJU seniors Stachitas, Dwayne Lee, Dave Mallon and Rob Sullivan will be honored prior to the game.