March 5, 2013
PHILADELPHIA - The Saint Joseph's men's basketball team (16-11; 7-7 A-10) will close out the home portion of its regular-season schedule on Wednesday, March 6, when it hosts Rhode Island (8-19; 3-11) on "Senior Night". Game time at Hagan Arena is 7 p.m.
SJU's seniors - Carl Jones, Taylor Trevisan, and Christopher Coyne, along with managers Caroline Davis and Janelle Fritz - will be honored prior to the game. The ceremony will be carried on Hawks' All-Access beginning at 6:45 p.m.
The game will be broadcast on SportsRadio 610 WIP with Matt Martucci and Joe Lunardi calling the action. Audio streaming of the game will be available on SJUHawks.com free of charge. LISTEN LIVE
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Saint Joseph's defeated Fordham, 82-56, last Saturday as Carl Jones led all scorers with 24 points. Halil Kanacevic (12 pts) and Ronald Roberts (10) also netted double figures. The Hawks have won five games in a row at Hagan Arena. The last home loss was a 73-64 decision to St. Bonaventure on Jan. 23. Carl Jones continues to climb the all-time scoring list and now has 1,766 points to rank fourth in SJU history. With 206 three-pointers in his career, he ranks sixth on the all-time list (more on pg. 6). Langston Galloway surpassed the 1,300-point mark at Saint Louis and now has 1,313 points to rank 28th among the Hawks' all-time scoring leaders. C.J. Aiken is questionable for tonight with back and wrist injuries that sidelined him for the Fordham game. It is "Senior Night" and Carl Jones, Taylor Trevisan and Christopher Coyne will be honored prior to the game, along with managers Caroline Davis and Janelle Fritz.
BOUNCING BACK: Carl Jones rebounded from a two-point performance at Saint Louis to hit for 24 points in the win over Fordham. The senior made four of his first five three-point attempts en route to 17 first-half points. It was his first 20-plus point game since he had 21 points at VCU on Jan. 17. Jones' two-point effort at Saint Louis was his lowest point total of the year, with three points vs. Fairfield being the previous low.
INJURY REPORT: C.J. Aiken is questionable for tonight after missing the Fordham contest with back and wrist injuries. Aiken first sprained his left wrist in the Dayton game and re-aggravated it in the loss at Saint Louis on Feb. 27. He bruised his back on a fall, also at Saint Louis. It marked the first time in his career that he has missed a game.
POSTING UP: Ronald Roberts, Jr. had a big game at Saint Louis in a losing cause. The junior shot 8-for-10 from the field, hitting all five shots in the second half, en route to a season-high 25 points. Roberts also converted 9-for-11 from the foul line and grabbed seven rebounds. The 6-8 forward has been perhaps the most consistent Hawk this season and has put up career-best numbers in rebounds (221), rebounding average (8.5) and scoring average (11.7).
MODEL CITIZEN: Langston Galloway is one of 20 college basketball student-athletes to be named to the inaugural Allstate NABC Good Works Team® and Allstate WBCA Good Works Team®, as announced by The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and Allstate Insurance Company. The award recognizes a unique group of men's and women's college basketball student-athletes who have made outstanding contributions in the areas of volunteerism and civic involvement. Galloway and the other men's players will make a trip to the 2013 NCAA Final Four in Atlanta and participate in a community service project there. Over the years, Galloway has done community service, including collecting sneakers and shoes for the needy and working with his parents to raise donations for the Heroes Program, which helps high school students take college preparation courses.
SENIOR SALUTE: The Hawks will honor their seniors prior to tonight's game. Carl Jones has played in 121 games and is the fourth leading scorer in school history with 1,766 points. Taylor Trevisan made the squad as a walk-on in 2010-11 and has since earned a scholarship, while Christopher Coyne is a two-year walk-on with the team. Also being honored are senior managers Caroline Davis and Janelle Fritz. Davis is a sports marketing major from Wynnefield, Pa., while Fritz is a sports marketing major from Pottstown, Pa.
SWITCHING IT UP: The Hawks used another starting lineup, the fifth different one of the season, in the win over Fordham on March 2. Halil Kanacevic made his second consecutive start and Daryus Quarles made his second of the year as C.J. Aiken was sidelined with injuries.
HOT SHOOTING: SJU shot 62.1 percent from the field in the second half vs. Fordham, matching the highest shooting percentage for a half this year which was set in the second half at VCU.
IDES OF MARCH: Over the years, Saint Joseph's has shown that it can "get hot" in March and the Hawks are hoping that happens again this season. SJU owns a 13-10 record in March over the past six years (counting this season). In 2010-11, the Hawks finished the A-10 regular season with a 4-12 record, but made a run to the conference semifinals.
UNSUNG HEROES: Phil Martelli credited the Hawks' scout team with playing a big part in the win over Fordham. Those players are: Taylor Trevisan, Christopher Coyne, Eric Kindler, Isaiah Miles and Javon Baumann. "The credit goes to the guys that no one even knows their names - our scout team. They were great," said Martelli. "On Thursday we watched film and digested what happened to us Wednesday night (at Saint Louis). On Friday, we had a great, spirited practice and those guys set the tone. There are sometimes when it's too complicated for that group to get it in one day, but on Friday they were right on. That's their win, plain and simple as far as I see it."
CHANGING IT UP: Phil Martelli wanted to go with a bigger lineup at Saint Louis, so Halil Kanacevic made his first start since Dec. 11, replacing Chris Wilson. The junior foward had five points, six rebounds and four assists in 25 minutes of action.
IN GOOD COMPANY: Carl Jones became the ninth Hawk to score over 1,700 points in his career and is currently in fourth place on the all-time scoring list with 1,766 points. He needs 24 points to pass Ahmad Nivins and move into third place. The senior also now has 206 career three-pointers and is in seventh place on SJU's all-time list.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK: The Atlantic 10 Championship will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn from March 14 to 17. A total of 12 teams will make the trip to Brooklyn with the league's top four teams receiving first-round byes. The championship game is set for March 17 at 1 p.m. with the telecast on CBS.
LOOKING AHEAD: The Hawks close out the regular season at Charlotte on Saturday, March 9. Video streaming of the game will be available on Hawks' All-Access.