Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Hawks Look For Revenge Against Charlotte

St. Joseph’s has earned the No. 5 seed in the Atlantic 10 tournament and the Hawks will open with a first round game at Hagan Arena Tuesday against No. 12 seeded Charlotte.

Hawks Look For Revenge Against Charlotte


St. Joseph’s has earned the No. 5 seed in the Atlantic 10 tournament and the Hawks will open with a first round game at Hagan Arena Tuesday against No. 12 seeded Charlotte.

And if the Hawks happen to win, then they would face No. 4 St. Bonaventure in a 2:30 p.m. quarterfinal Friday at Atlantic City.

St. Joseph’s wouldn’t need any motivation for either team.

Of course, coach Phil Martelli will only think about Charlotte.

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The Hawks are 0-2 this year against both teams.

Charlotte was the first visiting team to win this season at Hagan Arena, defeating the Hawks, 57-52.

In that game the 49ers shot 20 for 59 from the field and 13 of 22 from the foul line – and won.

St. Joseph’s was 2 for 21 from beyond the arc and committed 16 turnovers.

And on Wednesday, St. Joseph’s suffered arguably its most excruciating loss of the season in a 98-93 double overtime defeat at St. Bonaventure.

Again, the Hawks coaching staff won’t think one minute about St. Bonaventure. Right now Charlotte (13-16, 5-11) is foremost on the Hawks mind.

And St. Joseph’s probably doesn’t need any extra motivation against Charlotte. Advancing to the A-10 quarterfinals is motivation enough.

Still, this was one of the uglier losses of the season. The Hawks will treat Charlotte as they would Temple. Charlotte has proven it can win in Hagan Arena, something only two other schools (St. Louis and Richmond) can stake a claim to.

In fact, Charlotte has been able to accomplish something top seeded Temple wasn’t able to do in winning at Hagan Arena.

So needless to say, Charlotte will have the Hawks undivided attention.


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Marc Narducci has performed a variety of jobs at The Inquirer since beginning with the paper in 1983. A long-time high school sports reporter in South Jersey, Narducci has also served as a beat writer for the 76ers, a backup Eagles and Sixers writer and has covered all the professional and colleges in the Philadelphia area. Among his duties at The Inquirer over the years, Narducci has covered one Super Bowl, two World Series and three NBA all-star games. Most recently he has covered the Philadelphia Union soccer team and this season will be adding college basketball duties, paying specific attention to St. Joseph’s. A life-long Southern New Jersey resident, Narducci is a 1977 graduate of Paul VI High and 1981 graduate of Glassboro State College (now Rowan University). Email Marc at mnarducci@phillynews.com and follow him on Twitter.

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