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December 21, 2000 | by Dick Jerardi, Daily News Sports Writer
St. Joseph's will be without its leading scorer for tonight's game at Western Kentucky. There is a chance, however, that last season's second-leading scorer will be able to play his first game of this season. Marvin O'Connor made the trip to Bowling Green, Ky., yesterday, but will not play. Na'im Crenshaw did not make the trip, but could make it this afternoon. O'Connor, who took a blow to the head with 41/2 minutes left in Sunday's game at De Paul and could not continue, will have a neurological MRI done tomorrow.
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January 26, 2013 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Marvin O'Connor made three all-Big Five teams, won the 2001 Geasey Award as its player of the year, and earned three all-Atlantic Ten Conference nods. But perhaps an equally amazing part of his college career was that O'Connor saw both sides of the Big Five's most intense rivalry. The Simon Gratz graduate began at Villanova but left after one season and transferred to St. Joseph's. "Maybe coming out of high school, [Villanova] was a bit much for me," O'Connor said Friday at the Palestra, where he was part of the newest class of inductees into the Big Five Hall of Fame.
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December 22, 2000 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
St. Joseph's basketball coach Phil Martelli asked Bill Phillips to step up last night at E.A. Diddle Arena, and he did. Phillips scored a career-high 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds as the Hawks beat Western Kentucky, 74-68. The Hawks played without their leading scorer, Marvin O'Connor, who missed the game with a concussion, which he had suffered in Sunday's loss to DePaul. "In the shootaround I told Bill Phillips that I needed him to be more assertive and for Jameer [Nelson]
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January 23, 2013
IT ONLY seemed like Phil Jasner covered the 76ers forever. In fact, he once wrote about the Big 5. And he did it with the same passion he brought to the NBA. Friday, Jasner will be inducted into the Big 5 Hall of Fame at a Palestra luncheon. "It's an incredible honor, well-deserved," said Andy Jasner, Phil's son. "I don't like to use the term overdue, but it probably is, even though people remember him for his Sixers coverage and rightfully so because that's what he did for the last 30 years of his life.
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March 8, 2001 | By Ray Parrillo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Marvin O'Connor was not even allowed inside the Palestra for a game late last season against La Salle. Instead, he sat in his apartment, suffering from pangs of guilt and staring helplessly at the television while his St. Joseph's teammates went down against a heated city rival by three points. Two days earlier, against Fordham, O'Connor had been ejected for throwing a flagrant elbow at an opponent. The ejection carried an automatic one-game suspension, so O'Connor was left alone with his thoughts while the Hawks struggled without him. For a competitor as intense as O'Connor, it was pure torture.
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November 21, 1996 | by Ted Silary, Daily News Sports Writer
The students, teachers and friends were mostly long gone and the library at Simon Gratz High was nearly empty. After making public his decision to continue his education and basketball career at Villanova, Marvin O'Connor had to perform one more duty early yesterday afternoon. So, as O'Connor headed into the hallway, he held the hand of - and led the way for - a frail man who, though in good spirits and beaming with obvious pride, used a walker and moved along only in very short, very deliberate steps.
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July 23, 2002 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Marvin O'Connor, who spent his final three years at St. Joseph's after starting his college basketball career at Villanova, says that he considered leaving college a year early and declaring for the NBA draft. O'Connor, the Philadelphia-area player of the year in 1997 as a senior at Simon Gratz High, eventually decided to stay at St. Joe's for one more year. Staying the extra year didn't improve O'Connor's draft status. He wasn't selected in the two-round NBA draft last month.
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November 17, 2000 | By Ray Parrillo, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It's not true that coach Phil Martelli handed Jameer Nelson a basketball and the reins to his team the September day when the freshman point guard was on his way to his first class at St. Joseph's quaint Jesuit campus on City Avenue. Martelli didn't wait so long. He did that on the giddy day last year when Nelson informed Martelli he was taking his talents from Chester High to Hawk Hill. At last, or for the first time since the Rashid Bey era ended three seasons ago, the Hawks have someone who can give them symmetry where there often has been chaos.
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January 28, 2000 | By Ray Parrillo, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
There's something different about the kids who come from inner-city projects such as the Passyunk homes in South Philly, Bill Williams was saying. Something that separates them from those he calls the "neighborhood kids," so many of them distant, hardened, distrustful, damaged by the constricting environment that invites trouble. "It's really tough for those kids in the projects, really tough," Williams said. "But Marvin, he was different. Just a really good kid. So when we picked the players to travel to play basketball, we tried to choose the ones we didn't think would get in trouble, the smartest ones.
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January 26, 2013 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Marvin O'Connor made three all-Big Five teams, won the 2001 Geasey Award as its player of the year, and earned three all-Atlantic Ten Conference nods. But perhaps an equally amazing part of his college career was that O'Connor saw both sides of the Big Five's most intense rivalry. The Simon Gratz graduate began at Villanova but left after one season and transferred to St. Joseph's. "Maybe coming out of high school, [Villanova] was a bit much for me," O'Connor said Friday at the Palestra, where he was part of the newest class of inductees into the Big Five Hall of Fame.
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January 23, 2013
IT ONLY seemed like Phil Jasner covered the 76ers forever. In fact, he once wrote about the Big 5. And he did it with the same passion he brought to the NBA. Friday, Jasner will be inducted into the Big 5 Hall of Fame at a Palestra luncheon. "It's an incredible honor, well-deserved," said Andy Jasner, Phil's son. "I don't like to use the term overdue, but it probably is, even though people remember him for his Sixers coverage and rightfully so because that's what he did for the last 30 years of his life.
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July 23, 2002 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Marvin O'Connor, who spent his final three years at St. Joseph's after starting his college basketball career at Villanova, says that he considered leaving college a year early and declaring for the NBA draft. O'Connor, the Philadelphia-area player of the year in 1997 as a senior at Simon Gratz High, eventually decided to stay at St. Joe's for one more year. Staying the extra year didn't improve O'Connor's draft status. He wasn't selected in the two-round NBA draft last month.
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February 20, 2002 | By Ray Parrillo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A rematch with a team they embarrassed six weeks ago was dangerous enough. On top of that, the St. Joseph's Hawks were up against two other obstacles last night. One was the absence of their leading scorer, Marvin O'Connor, who spent much of yesterday in a hospital emergency room with food poisoning. The other was the lingering funk from last week's two tough road losses that seriously jeopardized the chance that their name would be called out on Selection Sunday. Yet, St. Joseph's managed to get by. Dominating the backboards throughout the game, the Hawks (16-9, 10-3 Atlantic Ten)
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February 7, 2002 | By Ray Parrillo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
This St. Joseph's victory wasn't accomplished with good shooting or precise passing, because there wasn't much of either. Playing desperate defense, La Salle simply wouldn't allow the Hawks enough room to breathe, let alone squeeze off decent shots or find open cutters. Instead, the Hawks slowly built the win by using a hammer and chisel. And by answering the Explorers' chest-to-chest defense with with some of its best guarding of the season. There was a hack-fest at the Palestra last night, and it resulted in a choppy game as well as a steady procession to the free-throw line.
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January 17, 2002 | By Ray Parrillo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When the flourishes come, when the St. Joseph's Hawks are meshing, their experience and talents blending the way coach Phil Martelli draws it up on the playboard, they are as entertaining as they are dangerous. Many times during this season of great expectations, the Hawks have provided glimpses of those flourishes. And many times, they have fizzled just when it seems their fans are pleading for more, as if someone is flickering the lights to signal the party's over. Last night, St. Joseph's went on one of those runs that lifted the fans at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse out of their seats.
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January 10, 2002 | By Ray Parrillo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
As the final seconds ticked off the clock last night at Keaney Gymnasium, Marvin O'Connor signaled a St. Joseph's victory by calmly placing the ball at center court, smack on the Ram's head that is Rhode Island's logo. And with that gesture, as he had been for most of the final 20 minutes of the Hawks' 87-71 Atlantic Ten Conference win over Rhode Island, O'Connor was right on target. With the Rams (4-9 overall, 0-2 A-10) threatening to shock St. Joe's (8-4, 2-0), holding a lead into the second half, the senior guard decided it was as good a time as any for one of his hallmark scoring flurries.
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May 15, 2001 | By Ray Parrillo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
For Marvin O'Connor, yesterday was like most other days during the off-season in college basketball. He was at St. Joseph's Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse, pumping iron in a cramped weight room before honing his game, the silence of the empty gym broken only by the thumping sound of the ball he was dribbling before he squeezed off one jump shot after another. "He works so hard, you'd think he was a first-year kid trying to make the team as a walk-on," St. Joseph's coach Phil Martelli said.
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March 8, 2001 | By Ray Parrillo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Marvin O'Connor was not even allowed inside the Palestra for a game late last season against La Salle. Instead, he sat in his apartment, suffering from pangs of guilt and staring helplessly at the television while his St. Joseph's teammates went down against a heated city rival by three points. Two days earlier, against Fordham, O'Connor had been ejected for throwing a flagrant elbow at an opponent. The ejection carried an automatic one-game suspension, so O'Connor was left alone with his thoughts while the Hawks struggled without him. For a competitor as intense as O'Connor, it was pure torture.
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