A simple, coordinated first step to build awareness of the Jesuit mission by using the strength of Jesuit basketball.
The Jesuit Basketball Spotlight pilot project is a nationwide effort to identify basketball games between Jesuit schools during the upcoming 2009-2010 season, and, through those games, bring greater positive awareness to Jesuit education and mission. This project was developed by the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) in response to member institutions wanting to spread the word of Jesuit higher education through the more than 90 basketball games in which Jesuit institutions play each other (men and women) this 2009-2010 year.
Over the last few years, many interested parties have sought a way to take better advantage of Jesuit basketball to create unified awareness, heighten media attention and celebrate our common Jesuit mission. The Jesuit Basketball Spotlight games allow Jesuit institutions to do this through targeted messaging; media, television and radio announcements; and other marketing communications initiatives during game operations.
BC cools at finish, falls to St. Joseph’s - The Boston Globe
ST. THOMAS, US Virgin Islands - Tied with Saint Joseph’s with two minutes remaining, Boston College hit a poorly timed cold snap and lost to the Hawks, 84-80, in the opening round of the Paradise Jam tournament.
Garrett Williamson pulled Saint Joseph’s (3-0) even at 76 with a layup with 2:03 remaining. BC missed its next four shots, including a Biko Paris 3-pointer and short-range attempt by Corey Raji, and Williamson converted on the other end with a foul-inducing layup, the 3-point play giving the Hawks a 79-76 lead with 38 seconds left.
The Eagles (2-1) answered on a layup by Reggie Jackson before Williamson restored the 3-point cushion with a pair of free throws with 12 seconds to play. Williamson scored 10 points in the final two minutes to finish with 18 overall.
With BC trailing, 82-80, in the final seconds, Jackson couldn’t get a layup to fall, and Williamson clinched it with two more foul shots.
Hey Coach Skinner - will you ever take responsibility for your team's "terrible defense"? Another milestone in BC basketball's record of underachievement and boneheaded losses. St. Joe's coach is outstanding and has owned Skinner over the years.
St. Joe's surprises Boston College Philadelphia Inquirer
ST. THOMAS, Virgin Islands - St. Joseph's basketball coach Phil Martelli had a lot to celebrate on the opening day of the Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Not only was it his 33d wedding anniversary, his Hawks had just knocked off Atlantic Coast Conference power Boston College for the fourth consecutive time, 84-80.
"Today's my 33d wedding anniversary, and the last time we played on it we lost by, like, 100 points to Duke," Martelli said last night. "I'm happy for the players that they're going to experience the winners' bracket."
Martelli knew coming in that the matchup would be a battle from beginning to end, and it was. There were eight lead changes in the game, seven in the second half.
The final lead change of the night came with just 38 seconds to go when Garrett Williamson hit a breakaway layup, was fouled, and made the free throw to put St. Joseph's up, 79-76.
Williamson then hit 5 of 6 free throws down the stretch to help the Hawks improve to 3-0. They will face Purdue, a 74-63 winner over South Dakota State, tomorrow at 8:30 p.m.
Williamson scored a team-high 18 points and shot 10 of 13 from the free-throw line. Darrin Govens and Carl Jones added 16 points apiece for the Hawks.
Boston College's Joe Trapani scored a game-high 20 points, 14 in the first half. The Eagles' Reggie Jackson had the game's lone double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds to go with a game-high four assists.
"The biggest thing that I talked to these guys about coming in is my respect for [Boston College coach] Al Skinner and his type of play," Martelli said. "I told these guys, 'When you play Boston College, you have to fistfight and play tough.' "
Up next #7 Purdue -- 8:30 PM Sunday.
Purdue-Saint Joseph's Preview - CBSSports.com
Purdue coach Matt Painter wasn't satisfied with his team's play in its opening-round game of the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam, but he was still pleased to come away with a victory.
Painter hopes for a better effort from the seventh-ranked Boilermakers in the second round of the tournament Sunday night against Saint Joseph's, which is trying to open a season with four consecutive victories for the first time in six years.
With all five starters returning from a year ago, Purdue (2-0) is expected to contend for a Big Ten title and make a run in the NCAA tournament. It didn't look much like a top 10 team, though, as it came out flat in Friday's opening-round 74-63 win over South Dakota State.
The Boilermakers, who made only 2 of 14 shots from 3-point range, led just 39-37 at the half before pulling away late to avoid the upset.
"Any time you have close games, and any time somebody can outplay you and out-tough you, and you still win, those are good games," Painter said. "We have to be patient and play a lot smarter."
Painter would probably like to see floor leader Robbie Hummel play with a bit more composure.
While E'Twaun Moore led the Boilermakers with 22 points against the Jackrabbits, Hummel scored 14 in only 23 minutes because of foul trouble.
Hummel wasn't the only Purdue player overaggressive on the defensive end. The Boilermakers committed unnecessary fouls and South Dakota State took advantage by making 13 of 15 free throw attempts in the first half.
"The key was the flow of the game, and I thought they were tougher than us and quicker than us," Painter said. "We talked at halftime about staying tight with them and carrying out our assignments."
While Purdue appeared to lack intensity at times in its opening-round victory, Saint Joseph's (3-0) played with poise down the stretch in beating Boston College 84-80 on Friday.
Garrett Williamson scored 10 of his 18 points in the final two minutes for the Hawks, while Darrin Govens and Carl Jones each scored 16.
Williamson's layup with 1:57 left tied the game, and his three-point play with 38 seconds left gave St. Joseph's a 79-76 lead. He then made 5 of 6 free throws in the game's final 27 seconds.
"I was proud of the fight we had and we had it all through the lineup. I'm happy for the players that they're going to experience the winners' bracket," coach Phil Martelli told the school's official Web site.
The Hawks' defense again keyed the team to victory.
Saint Joseph's held the Eagles to 35.6 percent shooting and have limited their first three opponents to 37.0 percent from the field.
The Hawks, who haven't opened a season with four consecutive victories since the 2003-04 team won its first 27, will face Purdue for the second time in school history.
Saint Joseph's won the previous meeting 85-74 on Dec. 30, 1971.
The winner of this game will face either No. 10 Tennessee or DePaul in the championship game Monday night.