Sunday, August 30, 2015

Martelli Analyzes NIT Loss

We didn’t get to attend the Hawks’ 67-65 NIT los to Northern Iowa because of an assignment to cover Drexel at the same time.

Martelli Analyzes NIT Loss


We didn’t get to attend the Hawks’ 67-65 NIT los to Northern Iowa because of an assignment to cover Drexel at the same time.

However, Joe Juliano provided us with some comments from coach Phil Martelli, whose team was again hurt on the offensive glass.

Remember the 98-93 double overtime loss at St. Bonaventure when the Hawks when the winners had a 20-4 offensive rebounding edge.

This time it wasn’t as pronounced, but Northern Iowa owned a 14-7 edge.

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“Again, it’s a numbers game – 14 offensive rebounds, they (Northern Iowa) came in averaging eight, 13 for 22 from the foul line (St. Joe's),” Martell said. “Those numbers in the post-season are going to get you.”

Actually, free throw shooting has been a season-long problem for the Hawks. As a team they shot just 69.2 percent.

Martelli said that loose ball recovery was a key in their 71-68 loss to eventual champion St. Bonaventure and it once again hurt the Hawks in the NIT loss.

“It’s sad to say that the loose-ball recovery … I don’t know, we’ll look at it and we’ll see how many field goals they had after we knocked the ball and they got it back. So it wasn’t enough,” Martelli said. “I didn’t do enough for them in terms of really getting them to really embrace the post-season, so … we’ll go from there.”

After consecutive 11-win seasons, finishing 20-14, winning one Atlantic-10 Tournament game and earning an NIT bid showed progress.

Now the bar will be raised considerably next season. With the entire team back, St. Joseph’s will be expected to earn an NCAA bid. Anything less, will be disappointing.





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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 and follow him on Twitter.

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