Charlie Brown Jr. leads St. Joe's to upset of Duquesne in Atlantic 10 Tournament

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Charlie Brown Jr. leads St. Joe's to upset of Duquesne in Atlantic 10 Tournament

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NEW YORK — Charlie Brown Jr. scored 28 points as 10th seeded Saint Joseph's upset 7th seeded Duquesne 92-86 in the third of four second round Atlantic 10 Tournament games Thursday.

Jared Bynum had 16 and Chris Clover added 15 for Saint Joseph's (14-18), who will meet second-seeded Davidson in a quarterfinal game Friday. The teams split the regular season series as both teams won at home.

Eric Williams Jr. led the Dukes (19-13) with 23 points. Lamar Norman Jr. added 18, and Marcus Weathers finished with 17.

The game was played at a high pace from the opening tipoff, as both teams looked to attack the rim. Saint Joseph's finished the game having shot 48 percent from the field (29 for 61) and 38 percent from 3 (11 for 29), while Duquesne made 47 percent of its shots (31 for 66), including 9 for 24 (38 percent) from 3.

Saint Joseph's used a 9-0 run over a 1:39 span late in the second half to turn a 75-74 lead into an 84-74 advantage. A Williams Jr. layup and free throw with 47 seconds left would bring Duquesne within five, 89-84, but Brown made two free throws, and Bynum would add another to put the game out of reach.

Phil Martelli accepts assistant coaching position at Michigan

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Phil Martelli accepts assistant coaching position at Michigan

Phil Martelli will be joining Juwan Howard's staff as an assistant coach at the University of Michigan.

The 64-year-old Martelli was head coach at Saint Joseph's for 24 years before being fired on March 19. He was named the AP Coach of the Year in 2004 after leading St. Joe's to an undefeated regular season and an appearance in the Elite Eight. St. Joe's had a 444-328 record during Martelli's tenure.

Martelli became an iconic fixture of the Big Five, and of the basketball scene in Philadelphia. He left an enduring legacy off the court as well, including through his work with Coaches vs. Cancer. 

At the time of his firing, Martelli issued a statement acknowledging the "pain and the numbness" he felt after being let go. 

Billy Lange left his job as an assistant with the Sixers in March to take Martelli's old role. 

This will be Martelli's first assistant job since 1995 when he took over as head coach at St. Joe's after 10 seasons as an assistant. 

Howard, a member of Michigan's "Fab Five," was introduced Thursday at an emotional press conference. He played 19 NBA seasons before transitioning to coaching.

Phil Martelli out as St. Joe's head coach after 24 years

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Phil Martelli out as St. Joe's head coach after 24 years

It's the end of an era on Hawk Hill. After 24 seasons, Phil Martelli is out as the men's basketball coach at St. Joseph's University. 

The Hawks finished the 2018-19 season with a 14-19 record, losing in the Atlantic 10 Tournament quarterfinals last Friday in Brooklyn.

"Following a comprehensive review of the men's basketball program, I have decided to make a change in the leadership of the program. The decision was not an easy one, but I believe it is the right one - for both the men's basketball program and the institution as a whole," St. Joseph's athletics director Jill Bodensteiner said in a statement Tuesday morning.

Martelli took over as St. Joseph's head coach in 1995. He compiled a 444-328 record in 24 seasons and won six A-10 regular season championships, three A-10 Tournament titles and guided the Hawks to seven NCAA Tournament appearances. He is the winningest coach at a school known for producing coaching legends such as Jack Ramsey and Jim Lynam. However the St. Joseph's program slipped in recent years. Following a 28-win season in 2016, the Hawks had a 41-55 record over the last three years. 

Martelli led St. Joseph's on a tremendous five-year run from 2000-05, winning five straight A-10 regular season championships and appearing in three NCAA Tournaments over that span.  The 2004 season was the high point. Led by national player of the year Jameer Nelson, the Hawks completed a perfect 27-0 regular season and advanced to the Elite Eight before losing to Oklahoma State in the final seconds. Martelli was named the national coach of the year following that 2004 season. But the Hawks have won just one NCAA Tournament game since 2004.

"Basketball is an important strategic asset for the University," said Bodensteiner in her statement. "We have a storied history, and we move forward with the desire and intent to build upon that history, develop a sustained and consistent culture of excellence, and compete for NCAA tournament appearances and conference championships every year." Martelli's dismissal comes during a changing of the guard across the Big 5. Temple's Fran Dunphy will step down at the end of this season following 30 years as a head coach at Temple and Penn. Ashley Howard just completed his first season at La Salle.