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Men's Basketball Set to Host St. John's in NIT First Round on Tuesday
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  03/18/2013

March 18, 2013

PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's (18-13) will host St. John's (16-15) in the 2013 NIT First Round on Tuesday, March 19 at Hagan Arena. Game time is 7 p.m.

Season ticket holders should reserve their seats by contacting the Hawk Ticket Office at tickets@sju.edu by 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19. Tickets will be available for pick-up at will call. Additional individual game tickets are available and may be purchased by emailing tickets@sju.edu. Ticket prices are $30 and $20.

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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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Game Notes • This is the Hawks' second consecutive postseason bid and the 11th under head coach Phil Martelli. It is the 16th NIT appearance for Saint Joseph's, which owns an overall record of 16-15 in the postseason tournament. Martelli owns the most postseason victories in school history with 17 wins. • Last year the Hawks lost to Northern Iowa in the NIT First Round, 67-65, here in Hagan Arena. • Langston Galloway is tied for third on the Hawks' list for career three-point field goals with 231, matching Marvin O'Connor's total from 1999 to 2002. • Tonight's winner advances to meet the (8) Norfolk State at (1) Virginia winner in the Second Round, to be held from March 21-25, at the site of the higher seeded team.

LAST TIME IN THE NIT: Northern Iowa hit two free throws with 1.3 seconds remaining to notch a 67-65 win over Saint Joseph's in the first round of the 2012 NIT. With SJU trailing 61-55 at 2:34, Carl Jones hit a three and sank two free throws to bring the Hawks back to within 61-60. After NIU upped it to 63-60, C.J. Aiken hit a three to tie the game at :49. Down 65-63, SJU tied it on a dunk by Ronald Roberts at :07, but that set the stage for the game-winning free throws. Jones finished the game with 24 points while Aiken had 16. Halil Kanacevic had nine points and 12 rebounds for the Hawks.

THE SERIES: You have to go back over 30 years to find the last time these two schools played each other, which was on Jan. 14, 1980 - a 72-55 St. John's win at Carneseca Arena. St. John's has won the past seven meetings, with Saint Joseph's last win (76-65) coming on Feb. 21, 1973 at The Palestra. The last time the teams played on SJU's campus was on Jan. 28, 1979, which was a 47-40 St. John's win.

FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING: Surprisingly, this will be the first time ever that the two teams will meet in postseason play.

SJU IN THE NIT: This is the Hawks' second consecutive postseason bid and the 11th under head coach Phil Martelli. It is the 16th NIT appearance for Saint Joseph's, which owns an overall record of 16-15 in the postseason tournament. Saint Joseph's has reached the tournament's final two times - in 1995 and 2005.

PHIL AND THE POSTSEASON: Saint Joseph's has earned its 11th post-season bid in Phil Martelli's 18 years, which is the most ever by a Hawk coach. Martelli has now guided SJU to five NCAA berths and six in the NIT. During Martelli's tenure, the Hawks have reached the NCAA Elite Eight in 2004 and the Sweet 16 in 1997, while advancing to the NIT Championship game twice (1996, 2005). He owns 17 post-season victories, the most of any SJU coach, including Hall of Famer Dr. Jack Ramsay, who has 12 wins.

HAWKS AGAINST THE FIELDS: Saint Joseph's faced 15 teams this year which earned postseason bids - three of them are in the NIT and 10 are in the NCAA Tournament. The Hawks went 0-3 vs. the NIT teams (Florida State, UMass, Charlotte) and 4-7 in games against squads which made the NCAA Tournament.

BACKCOURT DUO: Carl Jones and Langston Galloway combined for 54 points in the 82-79 loss to #25 VCU in the A-10 Quarterfinals. Jones scored 29 points and Galloway had 25. It marked only the second time this season that the players each posted 20-plus points in the same game, with other time coming in the win over Iona in December.

BOUNCING BACK: Carl Jones rebounded from a string of subpar shooting games to record 29 points in the loss to VCU. He shot 8-for-16 from the field, 3-for-5 from three-point range and 10-for-13 from the foul line. Entering that game, Jones had gone 1-for-15 from three-point range in the previous three games and 6-for-27 from the field. He scored 11 points vs. Xavier, but eight points were from the foul line (8-for-8).

ON THE LINE: Saint Joseph's turned in its best performance of the year from the foul line in the Xavier win on March 14, hitting 16-of-19 (84.2 %). The Hawks had only converted 80 percent in one other game this season, the win over Drexel on Dec. 31, when they shot 83.3 percent. Conversely, they had one of their worst efforts the next night in the A-10 Tournament vs. VCU, when they shot 66.7 percent from the line, with an 8-for-15 effort in the first half.

HOMETOWN HERO: Halil Kanacevic, from nearby Staten Island, had a solid game against Xavier in Brooklyn with 11 points, seven rebounds and six assists despite fouling out with 2:04 to play. The 36 minutes played by the junior were the most since Dec. 11 at Villanova. After Xavier went on a 10-run to take a 41-33 lead, Kanacevic keyed the Hawks' 12-0 run with seven points, including a three-pointer that gave SJU a 45-44 lead.

MONEY IN THE BANK: Langston Galloway's free throw percentage has dipped slightly this season to 74.6 (from 78.5 in 2011-12), but the junior was on target against Xavier, making all four attempts, including the game-winning shots with 1.4 seconds to play.

JONES AND THE LIST: Carl Jones is now the third leading scorer in Saint Joseph's history with 1,824 career points. He surpassed Ahmad Nivins (1,789) when he scored 11 points against Xavier on March 14.

ALL-LEAGUE GUY: Ronald Roberts is the Hawks' lone All-Conference performer this season, earning Third Team honors. It marks his first All-League selection although he was the Sixth Man of the Year in 2012. Roberts has been one of the most consistent Hawks this season and has put up career-best numbers in scoring average (11.2), rebounds (260), rebounding average (8.4), free throw percentage (66.4) and minutes played (30.7).

LOOKING AHEAD: If the Hawks win, they would meet the winner of the (#8 seed) Norfolk State at (#1 seed) Virginia game in the Second Round, from March 21-25. The game would be played at the higher seed. played (30.7).