Archive: January, 2012
It’s been the recent story of St. Joseph’s, follow up a big win with a disappointing loss. After beating first place team Dayton at home on Wednesday, the Hawks lost 78-60 at Temple in a game they trailed by 28 points with under four minutes remaining.
So this is no revelation, that for St. Joseph’s to be a competitive team, the Hawks have to pick it up on the road.
St. Joseph’s is 13-9 overall, 3-4 in the A-10 and 2-7 on the road. The road wins have been opening night at Western Kentucky and an overtime victory at Duquesne, a team with an almost identical record (12-9, 3-4 A-10).
It’s not too dramatic to suggest that St. Joseph’s saved its basketball season with Wednesday’s 77-63 win over Dayton at Hagan Arena.
The Hawks had been reeling, having lost three in a row and five of seven and they had to take on a team that entered the evening as the first place team in the Atlantic-10.
Sophomore Ronald Roberts was sensational with a career-high 27 points. He scored the final 15 for the Hawks.
Saint Joseph's forward C.J. Aiken talks about the Hawks' win over Dayton and looks ahead to the upcoming game at Temple.
(Video by Marc Narducci/The Philadephia Inquirer)
Entering a game against a first place team, St. Joseph’s coach Phil Martelli had been talking about how his team has lost its way lately.
And who could argue?
The Hawks had dropped three in a row, five of seven, and didn’t have that bounce in the step that characterized their play for the first month of the season.
Don’t tell Dayton coach Archie Miller that St. Joseph’s is struggling. The Hawks have lost three in a row and five of seven and host Dayton on Wednesday at Hagan Arena.
Meanwhile Dayton is 14-5 overall, and leads the Atlantic-10 with a 4-1 record following Saturday’s 87-72 win over Xavier.
“You can tell they have a lot of young talent and they are a lot better than a year ago,” Miller said earlir this week on a conference call.
It’s a long season and there is still plenty of basketball left so St. Joseph’s hopes that the team didn’t peak in December.
Since a 74-58 win at Hagan Arena over Villanova on Dec. 17, the Hawks haven’t been the same team.
This point was brought home following Saturday’s 84-80 loss to Penn before a revved up Palestra crowd.
Phil Martelli isn’t buying the excuse that his team may be tired. St. Joseph’s hasn’t really been the same team since a 74-58 victory over Villanova on Dec. 17.
Since then, the Hawks are 5-3, but 3-3 in the last six games.
With a short rotation, Martelli was asked if the minutes were starting to take a toll on the players.
There was no outward celebrating, just the usual acknowledgement of yet another win and the urging to move on to the next game.
Yet Wednesday’s 80-62 win over Fordham carried some significance for St. Joseph’s in that it already surpassed the victory total of each of the previous two years.
The Hawks were 11-20 in 2009-2010 and 11-22 last season.