January 24th team report

The Sports Xchange provides Hawk Hill Hardwood with a look back at Saturday night's Penn game, as well as a preview of the Dayton and Temple games. Today's article features several quotes from head coach Phil Martelli.

GETTING INSIDE

Martelli: 'We've lost our way'

Saint Joseph's came out of December with 10 wins in 14 games, and though the last game of the old year was a loss, it was to a ranked Harvard team on the road.

In other words, things looked pretty good.

But since beginning January and Atlantic 10 play with an overtime win at Duquesne, the Hawks had struggled. They go into their Jan. 25 game against Dayton having lost consecutive games for the first time this season.

"We've lost our way," said coach Phil Martelli, whose team fell to Penn on Jan. 21, extending its losing streak to three games. "We've lost our way coaching. We've lost our way in practice."

Martelli said he doesn't have a single answer to the Hawks' problems.

"If it's not foul shooting, it might be rebounding," he said. "If it's not rebounding, it could be turnovers. It sounds odd, but our mojo is just a beat off."

The Hawks have both built and lost early leads and fallen behind early and overcome big deficits. They were down 23 late to Penn before losing just 84-80.

"We've shown some of the signs of youth, I think," Martelli said, "some of the signs and the scars where two seasons in a row we lost 20 games."

NOTES, QUOTES

Galloway bounces back with 32-point game

--Sophomore G Langston Galloway had his second 30-point game in his last four outings when he scored 32 in the Jan. 21 loss to Penn. He was 10-for-14 from the field and 6-for-9 on 3-pointers.

The problem with Galloway has been consistency.

He started A-10 play with 19 points in St. Joe's win over Duquesne on Jan. 4, but he managed only six in a loss to Charlotte in his next outing.

That was followed by a 30-point outburst in the win over Fordham, which was followed by a meager eight points against Massachusetts and 14 against Xavier, both losses.

Then came the outburst against Penn.

"It's my fault when he gets eight. It's my fault when he gets six," coach Phil Martelli said. "We have to do a better job of screening and giving him some more floor to work with, some more options, so he doesn't always have to come to the ball, but that we can get him when he sprints the baseline or crosses the floor in a right-to-left or left-to-right type of movement."

--Junior G Carl Jones came back from an ankle injury that kept him out of Saint Joseph's midweek loss at Xavier, and he played 36 minutes against Penn.

The Hawks' leading scorer for the season (17.2 ppg through Jan. 21), he scored 16 points but was only 5-for-15 from the field.

--St. Joe's held its first five A-10 opponents to just 39.6 percent shooting, which led the league through Jan. 21.

BY THE NUMBERS: 7.6 -- Thanks to F C.J. Aiken, the Hawks were averaging 7.6 blocked shots a game through their first five league games. Aiken was accounting for more than half that by himself (4.4).

QUOTE TO NOTE: "His limp was a little bit more noticeable (Monday) than it was Friday and Saturday last week. Some of it could be psychological." -- Coach Phil Martelli, on injured G Carl Jones.

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

THIS WEEK'S GAMES

--vs. Dayton, Jan. 25 KEY MATCHUPS: The Flyers are soaring after beating Xavier to take the early lead in the conference race. C Matt Kavanaugh has given them a big lift lately, and they are getting solid play out of PG Kevin Dillard.

--at Temple, Jan. 28 KEY MATCHUPS: Temple has registered a couple of big nonconference wins (Duke and Maryland) in January but has been inconsistent in Atlantic 10 play. The Owls' three-guard combo of Ramone Moore, Juan Fernandez and Khalif Wyatt is as solid as there is in the A-10, and Temple is getting back C Micheal Eric from a knee injury to bolster the low-post game.

FUTURES MARKET: Freshman G Chris Wilson had 11 points against Penn, a season high, after going scoreless in the previous game, a loss to Xavier in his first career start. He is about the only option for backcourt relief for starters Carl Jones and Langston Galloway, so his 4-of-5 shooting was a good sign.

PLAYER NOTES

--Sophomore F C.J. Aiken blocked four shots against Penn, giving him 85 blocks for the season through Jan. 21. He scored 13 points, stretching his string of double-digit scoring efforts to four in a row.

--Sophomore F Ronald Roberts was held to just three points in the loss to Penn. He had been in double figures off the bench his previous two games.

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