Philadelphia basketball fans are still talking about St. Joseph’s 77-55 Big 5 win against Villanova at the Palestra on Monday Night, and in particular the performance of former Aces star Garrett Williamson ‘06. Williamson’s perimeter defense keyed a 20-1 run at the end of the first half to propel the Hawks to victory. Williamson’s defensive grit and intensity was captured by Inquirer photographer Ron Cortes in an image that graced the front page of the paper’s sports section. Williamson had just taken a perfect charge against Villanova’s Corey Fisher.
The following coverage appeared in Tuesday’s Philadelphia Inquirer:
St. Joe's got 20 points apiece from seniors Pat Calathes and Rob Ferguson and one of the great box-score lines in Big Five history from a guy [Williamson] who didn't even attempt a shot in romping over the Wildcats, 77-55, for the Hawks' sixth straight victory before a mostly scarlet-clad sellout crowd of 8,722.
A major contributor for the Hawks was sophomore guard Garrett Williamson and his pressure defense on the perimeter, particularly against Scottie Reynolds, the Wildcats' leading scorer. Williamson did not take a shot from the field in 29 minutes but had the following line: four rebounds, five assists, four blocked shots and two steals. Reynolds finished with 12 points on 3-of-12 shooting.
"He made a significant impact on the game without taking a shot," Martelli said.
Read the entire article by Joe Juliano: http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/colleges/st_josephs/20080205_Hawks_Prey_on_Cats.html
Somewhere during that ferocious first half, Williamson came out to guard Villanova's talented freshman guard, Corey Fisher. The delight in Williamson's eyes was visible from press row, his smile from way back in the tiny section of bleachers filled with Villanova fans. He clapped his hands, practically begging Fisher to get by him. The more experienced Scottie Reynolds, a sophomore with Big East and NCAA tournament games on his resume, struggled with the pressure, too.
Read the entire article by Phil Sheridan:
For coverage in the Philadelphia Daily News and another great pic of Williamson, visit: