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October 31, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Phil Martelli has won more basketball games at St. Joseph's than any other coach. On Thursday, St. Joe's demonstrated that it wants him to continue his winning ways there, signing him a multiyear contract extension. Terms of the deal were not released. "My successes are directly related to the quality of people who have played for me. To each of them, I am forever grateful," Martelli said. "Our players, staff, and administrators are wonderful people who care for the program and the university.
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January 24, 2011 | By Ray Parrillo, Inquirer Staff Writer
As the defeats pile up at St. Joseph's, so do the sleepless hours for coach Phil Martelli, which is why he was still awake well after the Hawks (5-14) went down to their sixth straight loss, this one by 73-61 to Penn on Saturday night in a Big Five game at the Palestra. As he mulled over ways to get his young team going, Martelli got a text message from one of his players, whom he declined to identify. "It said, 'Everything's going to be all right,' and [asked] whether or not I was OK," Martelli said Sunday.
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March 11, 2001 | By Ray Parrillo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It's around midnight after a home game, and St. Joseph's men's basketball coach Phil Martelli sits in his den in Drexel Hill, mostly oblivious to the images flashing on the television screen. The knots in his stomach have begun to untangle as he prepares to dig into a stack of newspapers and magazines while picking at the leftovers from the dinner he missed. "I'll be up in a couple minutes," he says to his wife of 24 years, Judy. But Judy Martelli knows better. She knows that as dawn approaches and she's about to rise and get their 14-year-old daughter, Elizabeth, ready for school, her husband will still be awake in the den, leafing through the sports section of the morning newspaper he picked off the doorstep the moment it arrived.
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May 10, 2005 | By Ray Parrillo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The basketball season will begin earlier than usual for St. Joseph's coach Phil Martelli, Villanova coach Jay Wright, and Drexel coach Bruiser Flint. USA Basketball yesterday announced that Martelli will coach the under-21 national team that will play in the World Championships from Aug. 5 to 14 in Argentina. Martelli will be assisted by Flint and Georgia coach Dennis Felton. The selections were made by a committee chaired by Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim. Although it has not been announced, Wright is expected today to be named coach of the U.S. team that will compete in the World University Games from Aug. 11 to 21 in Turkey.
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January 23, 1996 | By Ray Parrillo, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
No kidding, St. Joseph's coach Phil Martelli was saying, he has this way of picking up vibes from certain settings. Last night, the setting for Martelli's up-and-down Hawks was Rose Hill Gymnasium, built in 1912, the oldest gym in Division I basketball, and home of one of the clumsiest teams in the nation - the Fordham Rams. It seemed like as good a place as any for St. Joe's to pick up an easy Atlantic Ten Conference victory. Still, Martelli didn't like the setting. And afterward, his sweat-stained shirt and the look of supreme relief on his face indicated that he'd had the vibes just right.
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February 1, 1998 | By John Anderson, FOR THE INQUIRER
If playing against a St. Bonaventure team that had not lost at home in front of a sold-out crowd of 6,000 wasn't enough, the St. Joesph's Hawks took on the officiating crew as well. Three technical fouls in a span of 1 minute, 38 seconds late in the second half resulted in a 6-0 run that helped lift St. Bonaventure to a 70-56 win over the Hawks last night. Players and coaches from St. Joe's said that referee Leroy Hendricks swore at Hawks forward Duval Simmonds. Head coach Phil Martelli was assessed a technical, and moments later, assistant Monte Ross received a double-technical and was ejected with 2:36 left in the game.
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January 30, 2002 | By Ray Parrillo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
By the time St. Joseph's coach Phil Martelli nodded off to sleep yesterday morning, the sun had begun to rise. It wasn't about to shine on his troubled and disappointing Hawks. Like many St. Joe's followers, Martelli tossed and turned while trying to answer the question that's being asked around Hawk Hill: What's wrong with the basketball team that began the season ranked No. 10 but now must fight for its life to make it into the NCAA tournament? "As we face the stretch run, all I know is that this is the least confident that I've been about knowing what button to push," Martelli said yesterday.
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March 3, 1996 | By Ray Parrillo, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
St. Joseph's coach Phil Martelli walked into the Fieldhouse yesterday in a grumpy mood, the bizarre, controversial way in which his Hawks lost Wednesday in overtime to Massachusetts still gnawing at his gut. And it showed: He was tossed from the game against George Washington for scorching the ears of the officials with 11 minutes remaining in the first half and the Hawks in a deep hole. So there was St. Joe's, down 14 points against the 24th-ranked Colonials, without its head coach, with its captain, Mark Bass, still searching for his jump shot, and with assistant coach Geoff Arnold running the show for the first time in his career.
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June 14, 2016 | By Dick Jerardi, STAFF WRITER
A FEW MONTHS ago, Essence Bembry said how much she missed her younger son, away at college in North Carolina, wishing he was closer to their North Jersey home. When Adrian Potts was living in New Jersey or home from college, he would often spend time at Saint Joseph's, hanging with his brother, Hawks basketball star DeAndre' Bembry. Sunday, Essence and DeAndre' went to Charlotte, where sometime early Saturday, Adrian Potts was shot and killed at an apartment near the UNC-Charlotte campus.
SPORTS
February 1, 2011
Justin Crosgile, a 5-foot-11 sophomore guard, will take a leave of absence from St. Joseph's basketball team to concentrate on personal issues, coach Phil Martelli announced Monday. The leave is effective immediately. The length of the leave has yet to be determined, although it's possible he'll return before the end of the season. Crosgile, who is from Paterson, N.J., appeared in 19 of the Hawks' 21 games and averaged 4.8 points and 15.1 minutes per game. - Ray Parrillo
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June 14, 2016 | By Dick Jerardi, STAFF WRITER
A FEW MONTHS ago, Essence Bembry said how much she missed her younger son, away at college in North Carolina, wishing he was closer to their North Jersey home. When Adrian Potts was living in New Jersey or home from college, he would often spend time at Saint Joseph's, hanging with his brother, Hawks basketball star DeAndre' Bembry. Sunday, Essence and DeAndre' went to Charlotte, where sometime early Saturday, Adrian Potts was shot and killed at an apartment near the UNC-Charlotte campus.
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March 20, 2016 | By Mike Jensen, SPORTS COLUMNIST
SPOKANE, Wash. - Isaiah Miles saw the replays that kept running on the big video screens inside Spokane Arena, as game officials looked at the same sequence on a monitor at the scorer's table. His thought: Let's start the celebration. "I knew . . . His fingertips were still on it," the St. Joseph's Hawks senior said later. His own catch-and-shoot three-pointer, the one Miles will look back to his whole life, was going to stand up as a game-winner over Cincinnati, 78-76, for the first St. Joe's NCAA victory in a dozen years.
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March 20, 2016 | By Dick Jerardi, STAFF WRITER
SPOKANE, Wash. -  The final shot that counted was a year in the   making. Isaiah Miles made a decision last spring that his senior year was going to be better, much better, than the three that preceded it. "Isaiah took a lot of shots since last spring to see that last one go in," Saint Joseph's coach Phil Martelli said. That last one stopped the game clock with 7 seconds remaining in an absolutely classic NCAA first round game between St. Joe's and Cincinnati. Nothing was certain even after regulation ended because Cincinnati's Octavius Ellis threw down a dunk right at the final buzzer, a shot that if ruled good would have sent the game careening into overtime.
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March 20, 2016 | Dick Jerardi, STAFF WRITER
SPOKANE, Wash. - While the St. Joseph's team and head coach Phil Martelli were on the bus home from Brooklyn last Sunday night after winning the Atlantic Ten championship, the Hawks assistants were getting assigned opponents to scout. Dave Duda was given Cincinnati, Mark Bass took Oregon. Bass and Geoff Arnold were driving home separately when Arnold texted Martelli and the coach told him to forget the team Oregon would be playing in the 1-16 game Friday. "Why don't you just help Mark," was the text from Martelli.
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March 19, 2016 | By Mike Jensen, Columnist
SPOKANE, Wash. - The St Joseph's Hawks practiced Thursday afternoon in "Bigfoot Country," at Spokane Community College. (There's an actual stuffed rendering of Bigfoot out in the lobby.) An administrator wanted to put up Do Not Disturb signs outside the gym. "Don't bother," Hawks coach Phil Martelli told her, knowing there would be more noise going out the door than coming in. Preparing for Friday night's NCAA West Regional first-round matchup with Cincinnati, loud basketball talk filled the little gym, even during stretching.
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March 17, 2016 | By Dick Jerardi, Staff Writer
PHIL MARTELLI spoke with Gonzaga coach Mark Few Monday night to set up a practice time in Spokane, Wash. "Congrats, one of the great turnarounds of the year, other than the kid with the Afro you must have a whole new team," Few said to the Saint Joseph's coach. The last time Few saw St. Joe's in person, the Hawks were in the same Gonzaga gym where they will be practicing on Thursday to get ready for Friday night's NCAA first-round game with Cincinnati at downtown Spokane Arena. It was Nov. 19, 2014.
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March 17, 2016 | By Mike Jensen, Columnist
Before the season, St. Joseph's announced it was extending Phil Martelli's contract. Not a surprising bit of news. The interesting part: The school declined to say for how long. Athletic director Don DiJulia still won't say for how long. It could have been for a day or a decade. (Guessing about three years seems smarter than a day or a decade.) The point is that St. Joe's believed it needed to extend Martelli and announce it. That's partly a smart way to handle business, to let recruits relax about whether the coach recruiting them also would be coaching them.
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March 16, 2016 | By Mike Jensen, Columnist
NEW YORK - Some scribbled notes from the opening minutes of Sunday's Atlantic Ten championship game: Brown pull-up . . . Brown drive & dunk . . . Brown drives. That was from the first four minutes as St. Joseph's got in front of Virginia Commonwealth and stayed there at the Barclays Center. Hawks senior Aaron Brown exemplified what he later articulated, the need to get in the first punch. Asked about Brown and his game, St. Joe's teammate Isaiah Miles said postgame: "Oh, man, aggressive.
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March 16, 2016 | By Dick Jerardi, Staff Writer
WHATEVER HAPPENS in the hours just before the NCAA selections are made often gets lost in the national obsession that is our rush to decipher the brackets. What Saint Joseph's did over the weekend in Brooklyn was a reminder of how wonderful basketball can be when played in perfect harmony and could very well be instructive on how the Hawks might play this Friday night in Spokane, Wash., against Cincinnati. Sunday's Atlantic 10 championship game win over VCU was about as aesthetically pleasing a performance as you are likely to see. When St. Joe's coach Phil Martelli was asked if he could remember any of his teams playing better, he first consulted with director of basketball operations Rob Sullivan and said that the only thing that came close was his 2003-04 team's 114-63 win at St. Bonaventure.
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March 16, 2016 | By Mike Kern, Staff Writer
PHIL MARTELLI calls them the bluebloods. You know, the royalty of the college basketball universe: North Carolina, Kentucky, Duke, Kansas, Michigan State. The usual suspects. None of them has won 91 of its last 104 games, as Villanova has, even if the only numbers many folks get hung up on are 2-2, which is 'Nova's record in the NCAA Tournament the past two seasons, first as a No. 2 seed and then a No. 1. Martelli doesn't happen to be one of those people. He views things differently, because of the way the Wildcats are getting it done.
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