Men's Basketball Takes on #20 Notre Dame in Coaches vs. Cancer Classic
Nov. 15, 2012
PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's (1-0) will face #20/21 Notre Dame (2-0) in the 2012 Coaches vs. Cancer Classic on Friday, November 16, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The game will be televised nationally on truTV beginning at 9:30 p.m. BYU and Florida State will play in the evening's first game at 7 p.m.
The game will be broadcast on SportsRadio 610 WIP (AM) with with Matt Martucci and Joe Lunardi calling the action. Audio streaming of the game will be available on SJUHawks.com, free of charge thru Stretch Internet. Mobile devices can access the stream thru SJUHawks.com or by downloading the IRadioPhilly.com app.
It marks just the second time that the Hawks have played Notre Dame, with the only meeting coming in the 1992 Sugar Bowl Classic, which was won by the Irish, 68-65.
On Saturday, the Hawks will play in the consolation or championship game against either BYU or Florida State. Both games will also be televised on truTV.
Listed is the channel information for truTV nationally and in the Philadelphia market: Comcast (Philadelphia): 69; 841 (HD) Verizon: 183; 683 (HD) DIRECTV: 246; 246-1 (HD) Dish Network: 204; 9430 (HD) AT&T: 164; 1164 (HD)
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GAME NOTES: Team captain Langston Galloway led the way in the win over Yale, scoring a team-high 20 points on 6-for-9 shooting from the field.
This is only the second meeting between the teams and the first since 1992.
Saint Joseph's was chosen as the preseason favorite in the Atlantic 10, earning 11 first-place votes from the conference's head coaches and media.
The Hawks received 30 votes in the AP Poll and two votes in the USA Today Poll for Nov. 12.
Saint Joseph's returns all five starters, and its entire squad, from last season's 20-14 team which earned a bid to the NIT.
AST TIME OUT: Langston Galloway scored a game-high 20 points and Ronald Roberts and Halil Kanaceviceach notched double-doubles as Saint Joseph's defeated Yale, 61-35, in the 2012 Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at Hagan Arena. Kanacevic had 11 points and 11 rebounds while Roberts had 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Hawks. Galloway shot 6-for-9 from the field en route to the 16th 20-point game of his career. He also went 6-for-9 from the foul line, which was the Hawks' best effort, despite a dismal 16-for-30 performance by the team. The Hawks' defense, which limited Yale to just 25 percent shooting in both halves, held the Bulldogs to 35 points, which was the lowest point total for an SJU opponent during the shot clock era (1985-86 season). SJU led from the start and took its biggest lead, 59-32, with over two minutes to play.
JONES' STATUS: Senior guard Carl Joneswill not participate in the first three games due to violation of the University's community standards, beginning with the exhibition game against Wheeling Jesuit on November 8. The University will have no further comment on Jones' status. He will miss the Notre Dame game but then be available for the Coaches vs. Cancer game on Saturday.
INJURY REPORT: Sophomore Evan Maschmeyeris sidelined indefinitely with a fracture in his right hand suffered in practice the week of Nov. 5.
A GOOD CAUSE: Phil Martelliis the chair of the National Coaches vs. Cancer Council and is the co-chair of the Philadelphia chapter of Coaches vs. Cancer, which is one of the top fundraising groups in the country. In October, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Cancer Society's Southeast Region.
IT'S ALL IN THE "D": Phil Martellipraised the Hawks' team defense in the win over Yale, as SJU limited the Bulldogs to just 25 percent shooting and 35 points scored in the game. It was the was the lowest point total for an SJU opponent during the shot clock era (1985-86 season).
SEEING DOUBLE: Halil Kanacevicand Ronald Roberts started off the season on a high note by each recording double-doubles. Kanacevic, who had 11 points and 11 rebounds, has eight double-doubles in his career, while Roberts, with 10 points and 12 rebounds, now has four career double-doubles.
THEY'RE BACK: The Hawks return all five starters, plus A-10 Sixth Man of the Year Ronald Roberts, Jr., from last year's squad which posted a 20-14 record, for the seventh 20-win season under Phil Martelli. That squad also earned an NIT bid, for the 10th postseason appearance during his tenure.
PRESEASON PICK: Saint Joseph's has been tabbed as the preseason favorite in the Atlantic 10, marking the first time that has occurred since 2004-05. In that season, the Hawks were picked to the win the East Division, as they also were in 2003-04. Last season, SJU was predicted to finish seventh and ended up with a fifth-place finish.
TAKING NOTICE: Saint Joseph's has received votes in both national preseason polls - with 30 in AP and two in USA Today for the week of Nov. 12. The Hawks received votes in the early part of last season, but the last time SJU was ranked was the 2003-04 season.
DEAN OF COACHES: Phil Martelliis the longest tenured head coach in the Atlantic 10, entering his 18th season at Saint Joseph's. He is the Hawks' all-time leader in career victories with his 321-223 record, having eclipsed the previous school record of 309 wins in 2011-12.
NEW START: Ronald Roberts, last year's A-10 Sixth Man of the Year, won't get to defend his title because he's now in the starting lineup. Roberts has provided a huge impact off the bench for the Hawks in the past two years, and will now get his chance to do that from the opening tip-off. The junior made 12 starts at the end of his freshman year and came off the bench in all 34 games last season, averaging 10.9 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. In the season opener vs. Yale he recorded the fifth double-double of his career with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
CALLING ON CHRIS: Sophomore Chris Wilsonhas opened the season as the Hawks' starting point guard due to Carl Jones' absence. Wilson made one start last season, and averaged 2.7 assists in 33 contests.
HAWKS VS. THE POLLS: Saint Joseph's played three ranked teams last season, winning two games. The Hawks defeated #22 Temple and #19 Creighton, but lost on the road to #24 Harvard.
A HOMECOMING: These games in Brooklyn are a homecoming for two Hawks - senior Christopher Coyne and junior Halil Kanacevic. Coyne, who hails from Brooklyn and Xavier High School, and his family had a summer house in Breezy Point damaged by the fires during Superstorm Sandy. Although Kanacevic is from Staten Island, his house is just minutes from Brooklyn. Ronald Roberts also has local ties as he is from nearby Bayonne, N.J.
OOKING AHEAD: Saint Joseph's returns home to host Harvard on Nov. 20 and American on Nov. 28, teams which the Hawks lost to last season. The Harvard game will be televised live on NBC Sports Network beginning at 8 p.m.