Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Notebook - 2/10

This is the Atlantic 10 Conference's Men's Basketball Notebook for play from February 3, 2008, through February 9, 2008. The week's awards go to Saint Joseph's Pat Calathes and Kevin Lisch of Saint Louis who share player of the week honors, and the Bonnies' Matt Morgan as the league's top rookie this week.


A-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Pat Calathes - Saint Joseph's
Senior, Guard/Forward, 6-10, 210 lbs.
Casselberry, Fla./Lake Howell HS

Calathes averaged 21.5 points and 9.5 rebounds while shooting 15-of-28 from the field in a pair of contests...scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the Hawks' 77-55 win over Villanova on Feb. 4...also blocked three shots...scored 23 points and pulled down ten boards on Feb. 6 as St. Joe's dropped a 102-88 decision at Duquesne...added five assists and three steals versus the Dukes...named the A-10 Player of the Week for the third time this season.

Kevin Lisch - Saint Louis
Junior, Guard, 6-2, 180 lbs.
Belleville, Ill./Althoff HS

Lisch scored a season-high 25 points, including 12 in the final minute, as Saint Louis was edged by Xavier on Feb. 7, 70-68...made 7-of-11 field goal attempts, including a career-best six three-pointers on nine attempts...added five assists and four rebounds and did not commit a turnover in 38 minutes of action...earns his second career A-10 Player of the Week award.

A-10 ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

Matt Morgan - St. Bonaventure
Freshman, Forward, 6-8, 210 lbs.
Landover, Md./St. Thomas Moore (Conn.) HS

Morgan earns his second A-10 Rookie of the Week honor in as many weeks after scoring 17 points and grabbing nine rebounds on Feb. 9 in St. Bonaventure's 87-83 loss to Charlotte...shot 8-of-9 from the field...has scored in double figures in four of his last five games.


NEWS FROM AROUND THE ATLANTIC 10

WEEKLY HONOR ROLL

  • Charlotte senior guard Leemire Goldwire scored a career-high 39 points on Feb. 9 at St. Bonaventure and averaged 23.5 points over two contests
  • Junior forward Charles Little averaged 14 points and seven boards in a pair of games for Dayton
  • Junior forward/center Shawn James of Duquesne averaged 15 points, nine rebounds and seven blocks in a pair of wins
  • GW junior forward Rob Diggs scored a career-high 29 points in the Colonials' 57-54 victory over Dayton on Feb. 9
  • Sophomore guard Rodney Green averaged 16 points and made 12-of-22 field goal attempts over two contests for La Salle
  • Massachusetts senior guard/forward Gary Forbes notched his fifth double-double with 26 points and 13 rebounds on Feb. 7 as the Minutemen edged Rhode Island, 78-76
  • Rhode Island senior guard Parfait Bitee scored 17 points and dished out eight assists versus Massachusetts on Feb. 7
  • Sophomore guard David Gonzalvez scored 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds in Richmond's 64-58 win over Temple
  • St. Bonaventure senior forward Michael Lee scored 21 points in the Bonnies' 87-83 setback to Charlotte on Feb. 9
  • Senior guard Chris Clark of Temple averaged 17.5 points and knocked down ten three-pointers in a pair of contests.

20-20 VISION

At 19-4 overall, Xavier takes on Saint Joseph's on Feb. 10 vying for its third consecutive 20-win season and 11th in the last 12 years. The Musketeers entered this season with 20 20-win seasons in its last 25 years, a record that was eighth best among all NCAA Division I schools for the period of 1983-2007. A win at Fordham on Feb. 10 would give Rhode Island (19-4) its first 20-win campaign since the 2003-2004 season.

SUPER SUBS

Joe Mbang came off the bench to score a game-high 21 points on Feb. 2 in Rhode Island's 82-70 victory over Dayton. Since the start of the 2006-07 season, Rhody is 8-2 (.900) when Mbang scores ten or more points. Meanwhile, sophomore forward Lamonte Ulmer is averaging eight points and 5.2 rebounds, the highest averages of any A-10 player who has started less than 25 percent of his team's games, and sophomore reserve Keith Cothran leads the A-10 in steals (1.96 spg.).

CLOSING IN

Charlotte head coach Bobby Lutz tied Jeff Mullins' (1986-96) program record of 182 career victories on Feb. 9 as the 49ers edged St. Bonaventure, 87-83. Lutz served as an assistant coach under Mullins in 1996 before taking over the program in 1999. Charlotte hosts Xavier on Feb. 13.

HEAD OF A CAUSE

UD's seventh annual "Flyer Feedback Auction" to benefit the charity "Secret Smiles" was held after its 69-64 win over Charlotte on Feb. 6. Head coach Brian Gregory's dedicated cause, "Secret Smiles," is a program that delivers beds and bedding to children of families who cannot provide for them. Since 2002, Secret Smiles of Dayton has assisted more than 600 families in living up to their slogan "Because Every Child Needs A Bed." The auction raised $18,000 on Feb. 6, raising its two-year total to $37,000.

GOOD AS GOLD

Leemire Goldwire scored a career and A-10 season-high 39 points in Charlotte's 87-83 win at St. Bonaventure on Feb. 9. Goldwire leads the league with four 30-point outings and has ten 20-point efforts on the year. In addition, Goldwire has connected on 175 three-pointers in 50 games played, good for sixth nationally and just ahead of Rhode Island's Jimmy Baron, who has drained 172 three-pointers in a span of 54 games.

BLOCK PARTY

Duquesne junior forward/center Shawn James recorded the first triple-double in program history with 17 points, 11 rebounds and ten blocks on Feb. 6 in the Dukes' 102-88 win versus Saint Joseph's. It marked Duquesne's first victory over the Hawks since Jan. 17, 1998, snapping a ten-game losing streak in the series. Duquesne has amassed a single-season record 167 blocks this season, eclipsing its previous record of 166, set during the 1979-80 campaign.

WELL-ROUNDED

Rhode Island senior forward Will Daniels is one of just six players nationally to average 18.0 points and 6.5 rebounds per game, shoot 49 percent from the floor and amass at least 25 assists, 25 steals and 24 blocks. The others: Michael Beasley (Kansas State), Jason Thompson (Rider), Richard Hendrix (Alabama), Kyle Hines (UNC-Greensboro) and Marqus Blakely (Vermont).

BALANCING ACT

Senior Josh Duncan scored 15 points to lead five players in double figures on Feb. 7 as Xavier edged Saint Louis, 70-68. The Musketeers are 16-0 on the year when four or more players reach double digits. Duncan is six points shy of joining teammates Stanley Burrell and Drew Lavender in the program's 1,000-point club. In addition, junior swingman C.J. Anderson, who played two seasons at Manhattan, scored topped the 1,000-point milestone at Saint Louis.

YOUNG GUNS

Richmond received just 12 of its 64 points from its three upperclassmen on the roster in the Spiders' 64-58 win over Temple on Feb. 6. Richmond's top five scorers are underclassmen, led by sophomore forward Dan Geriot (13.7 ppg.).

OUCH

Duquesne F/C Kieron Achara has undergone three root canals over the past several weeks as a direct result of being in the right place at the wrong time on the basketball court. The graduate student had to undergo a pair of root canals the day before scoring 18 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in an 83-67 win over St. Bonaventure on Jan. 23. In the Dukes' 102-88 win versus St. Joe's on Feb. 6, an errant Pat Calathes elbow knocked out one of Achara's front teeth early in the second half. He had his third root canal on Feb. 7 before scoring 21 points in the Dukes' 101-84 win at La Salle on Feb. 9.

WINNING WAYS

Duquesne turned aside La Salle on Feb. 9, 101-84, to improve to 15-7 on the year. The Dukes are one win shy of securing their first winning season since 1993-94.

MORE THAN SCORING

Saint Joseph's Garrett Williamson did not attempt a shot in the Hawks' 77-55 win over Villanova on Feb. 4 but still made a great impact off the bench. The sophomore guard recorded five assists, four rebounds, a career-high four blocks and two steals in 29 minutes, while holding 2007 Big East Rookie of the Year Scottie Reynolds to 12 points.

HALFWAY HOME

Rhode Island improved to 15-1 on the year when leading at the half after turning aside Dayton on Feb. 2, 82-70. The Rams' lone setback when leading after 20 minutes was a 76-72 loss at Boston College on Nov. 21 when URI held a five-point advantage at halftime.

ABOVE AND BEYOND

Temple's Chris Clark has established a new career high in scoring in each of his last three games. The senior guard scored 18 points on 6-of-12 shooting from beyond the arc on Feb. 6 in the Owls' 64-58 loss at Richmond. Clark is averaging 6.5 ppg. and has knocked down 31 three-pointers, good for second on the team.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Dayton senior guard Brian Roberts was among ten men's basketball players who been named finalists for the 2007-08 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, it was announced on Feb. 8. Roberts is also on the short list for the Los Angeles Athletic Club's John R. Wooden Award, the Atlanta Tipoff Club's Naismith Trophy and the Basketball Hall of Fame's Bob Cousy Award. Only Roberts and Virginia's Sean Singletary appear on all four lists.

    Note: Duquesne's Kieron Achara and URI's Will Daniels were also nominated for the Lowe award.

    Two Atlantic 10 women's basketball players are finalists for 2007-08 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award: La Salle's Carlene Hightower and George Washington's Sarah-Jo Lawrence. And Princeton's Meagan Cowher, the oldest daughter of former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher, is also one of the 10 finalists.

MODEL OF CONSISTENCY

Senior guard/forward Gary Forbes of Massachusetts has scored in double figures in 26 consecutive games and has 14 performances of 20 or more points this season, tops in the Conference. Forbes leads the Conference in scoring at 20.6 ppg.

TRIFECTA

La Salle senior guard Darnell Harris was a perfect 7-for-7 from beyond the arc on Jan. 30 as La Salle turned aside St. Bonaventure, 84-61. The A-10 single-game record for most three-pointers without a miss is seven, set by former Temple standout Pepe Sanchez against URI on Feb. 16, 1997.

PICTURE-PERFECT

George Washington junior forward Rob Diggs scored 20 points on a perfect 10-for-10 from the field in the Colonials' 61-59 loss to Saint Joseph's on Jan. 30. The A-10 record for most field goals in a game without a miss is 12, set by former St. Joe's standout Delonte West at Xavier on Jan. 17, 2004.

ELITE COMPANY

Temple junior Dionte Christmas ranks second in the league in scoring with an average of 20.1 ppg., just behind UMass senior Gary Forbes (20.6 ppg.). Christmas is vying to become just the fourth player in A-10 history and first since George Washington's SirValiant Brown (2000, 2001) to lead the A-10 in scoring in successive years. The two other players to hold that distinction are John Battle of Rutgers (1984, 1985) and St. Bonaventure's Earl Belcher (1980, 1981).

ROAD DOGS

Saint Joseph's 61-59 win at George Washington on Jan. 30 marked the Hawks' league-leading eighth road victory of the season. SJU boasts a record of 8-4 on the road this season, up from 5-8 a year ago.

50'S STYLE

Saint Louis is 9-2 on the year when holding its opponents to under 60 points.

RAISING ITS LEVEL

The Atlantic 10 boasts four teams ranked in the top 25 of the collegerpi.com rankings thru games of Feb. 9 and five in the top 50. Xavier comes in at No. 14, followed by Dayton (15th), Massachusetts (21st), Rhode Island (24th) and Saint Joseph's (42nd). The A-10 is ranked seventh among the 31 Division I conferences. In addition, the Atlantic 10 boasts a record of 121-66 (.647) in non-conference action this season which, if maintained for the remainder of the season, would be the fourth-highest winning percentage since the formation of the league in 1976-77 and highest since the 1993-94 campaign (69-35 - .663). A-10 teams were 104-85 (.550) in non-conference matchups a year ago.


Year     Record   Win%
1992-93   79-32   .712
1991-92   96-36   .679
1993-94   69-35   .663
2007-08  121-66   .647
1997-98   90-58   .608


A-10 Players of the Week

Nov. 5-10         Kieron Achara, Duquesne
Nov. 11-17        Will Daniels, Rhode Island 
                  Gary Forbes, Massachusetts
Nov. 18-24        Will Daniels, Rhode Island
Nov. 25 - Dec. 1  Michael Lee, St. Bonaventure
                  Joe Mbang, Rhode Island
Dec. 2-8          Leemire Goldwire, Charlotte
                  Drew Lavender, Xavier
Dec. 9-15         Gary Forbes, Massachusetts
Dec. 16-22        Dionte Christmas, Temple
                  Will Daniels, Rhode Island
Dec. 23-29        Brian Roberts, Dayton
Dec. 30 - Jan. 5  Pat Calathes, Saint Joseph's
Jan. 6-12         Leemire Goldwire, Charlotte
                  Brian Roberts, Dayton
Jan. 13-19        Ricky Harris, Massachusetts
Jan. 20-26        Pat Calathes, Saint Joseph's
                  Dionte Christmas, Temple
Jan. 27-Feb. 2    Rob Diggs, George Washington
Feb. 3-9          Pat Calathes, Saint Joseph's
                  Kevin Lisch, Saint Louis

A-10 Rookies of the Week

Nov. 5-10         Chris Wright, Dayton
Nov. 11-17        Damian Saunders, Duquesne
Nov. 18-24        Chris Wright, Dayton
Nov. 25 - Dec. 1  An'Juan Wilderness, Charlotte
Dec. 2-8          Chris Wright, Dayton
Dec. 9-15         Chris Wright, Dayton
Dec. 16-22        Damian Saunders, Duquesne
Dec. 23-29        Damian Saunders, Duquesne
                  Jerrell Williams, La Salle
Dec. 30 - Jan. 5  Kevin Smith, Richmond
                  Jerrell Williams, La Salle
Jan.6-12          Charles Dewhurst, Charlotte
Jan. 13-19        Kevin Anderson, Richmond
                  Paul Eckerle, Saint Louis
Jan. 20-26        Jerrell Williams, La Salle
Jan. 27-Feb. 2    Kevin Anderson, Richmond
                  Matt Morgan, St. Bonaventure
Feb. 3-9          Matt Morgan, St. Bonaventure 


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