9:00 PM ET, March 6, 2008
Michael J. Hagan '85 Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- There must be some magic -- no, not Magic -- whenever Saint Joseph's has Jameer Nelson on the bench.Four years after Nelson nearly led the Hawks to an almost-perfect regular season, he was back for one last incredible game in that old cramped and creaky gym the Hawks called home.Pat Calathes scored 17 points and Saint Joseph's closed Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse with one more upset win, beating Xavier (No. 11 ESPN/USA Today, No. 8 AP) 71-66 on Thursday night."It was an opportunity for them to create their own memories at the Fieldhouse," said coach Phil Martelli.With former Hawks stars, including Jack Ramsay and Nelson courtside, Saint Joseph's (18-10, 9-6 Atlantic 10) added to the history of its venerable arena. Playing the 401st and final regular-season game in their on-campus arena until the 2009-10 season, the Hawks marked the occasion by knocking off No. 8 Xavier, the highest-ranked opponent to lose at the Fieldhouse.Martelli did not participate in a pregame ceremony, though he could hear all the noise in his nearby office. He wondered how the Hawks, who have been inconsistent with their effort all season, would maintain the energy level in the gym. Turns out, he had nothing to worry about.
One Misfiring Musketeer
Xavier point guard Drew Lavender has been slowed by a sprained left ankle of late and it may be affecting his play. He recorded nine points on 3-for-7 shooting and four assists in the Musketeers' 71-66 loss Thursday at Saint Joseph's. As bad as Lavender's night was, it was actually an improvement from his performance in his last five games.
|First 24 Games||Last 6 Games|
|3-pt FG pct||42.6||28.6|
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||24-52 (.462)||24-49 (.490)|
|3P Made-Attempted||11-25 (.440)||6-13 (.462)|
|FT Made-Attempted||7-13 (.538)||17-20 (.850)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||20 (0/0)||16 (0/0)|