Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Radar Ronald Doing 60 for SJU

Saint Joseph's Ronald Roberts Jr. couldn't miss (almost) Wednesday.

Radar Ronald Doing 60 for SJU

By shooting 10-for-11 against Dayton Wednesday, Saint Joseph's sophomore forward Ronald Roberts Jr. raised his shooting percentage for the season to 61.6% (93-for-151).

Seven more made field goals will make him eligible to join the list (below) of the 19 times a City 6 player has shot 60 percent or better from the floor (below). 

Notable: Villanova's 1981-82 team is the only City 6 team to have two players shoot over 60% ... A pair of players on different teams reached the plateau in three different seasons (1987-88, 2000-01, 2001-02) ... Temple has never had a player shoot 60%. Their record is held by Tim Perry (58.5% in 1987-88) ... Penn's Matt White was the first to reach 60% in a season (1978-79) ... Villanova's Bradley is the only City 6 player to lead the national in FG percentage. West Chester's Joe Senser did it twice (69.9% in 1976-77, 68.5% the next season) when that school was playing Division I.

Player School Season FGM    FGA    Pct.
Michael Bradley Villanova     2000-01     254  367  69.21   
Ugonna Onyekwe      Penn 2001-02  220  339  64.90 
Ahmad Nivins SJU 2007-08 165 255 64.71
Craig Conlin La Salle 1987-88 144 223 64.57
Jonathan Raab Drexel 1990-91 193 301 64.12
Ed Pinckney Villanova 1981-82 169 264 64.02
Gary Massey Villanova 1987-88 108 170 63.53
Matt White  Penn  1978-79  157  248  63.31 
Ahmad Nivins SJU 2006-07 176 279 63.08
Jason Lawson Villanova 1995-96 128 206 62.14
Damian Reid SJU 2000-01 110 179 61.45
Damian Reid SJU 2001-02 103 168 61.31
Ahmad Nivins SJU 2008-09 205 335 61.19
Bruce Lefkowitz  Penn  1986-87  183 302  60.60 
Ed Pinckney Villanova 1983-84 162 268 60.45
Jason Lawson Villanova 1996-97 139 230 60.43
Dwayne McClain Villanova 1981-82 138 229 60.26
Paul Romanczuk  Penn 1998-99  113  188  60.11 
Ed Pinckney  Villanova  1984-85  177  295  60.00 
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