Originally created 03/27/04

Hawks' stars have support



EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - There's a lot more to Saint Joseph's than Jameer Nelson and Delonte West.

Whether its Tyrone Barley playing sticky defense or Chet Stachitas and Pat Carroll knocking down clutch shots, the Hawks are no two-man team.

"This is not about two superstars. This is a team and every one of these guys contributes," Hawks coach Phil Martelli said Friday.

The Hawks (30-1) will likely go as far as Nelson and West take them, but the brilliant backcourt has received plenty of help along the way to today's East Rutherford Regional final against Oklahoma State (30-3).

The other Hawks don't mind keeping a low profile.

"I'm a role player and I'm comfortable with that," Stachitas said. "I'm not going to be a double-digit scorer every game, but I know I can get out there and make one hustle play. If I make one hustle play or Tyrone makes one hustle play, then the team is better for it."

Stachitas had only one basket in the Hawks' 84-80 regional semifinal win over Wake Forest on Thursday night, but it was crucial.

Nelson drove and missed a layup, but Stachitas - a 3-point specialist who comes off the bench - came off the left wing for a tip-in and a four-point lead with 33 seconds left.

"If you make one play when you're in there, then you've contributed," Stachitas said.

Barley turned himself into the team's top defender thanks to his practice battles with Nelson.

He knows the secrets to slowing down his All-American teammate - and he's not giving them up.

"I know all the things he likes to do, like the little things, but I'll tell you after we win it all," said Barley, breaking into a wide smile.

Carroll and Barley played larger roles in sending the Hawks into the regional finals for the first time since 1981.

Carroll sank five 3-pointers and scored 17 points, making the Demon Deacons pay for keying on Nelson and West.

Carroll is often on the receiving end of a kick-out pass when Nelson or West go to the hoop.

"Most of my offense is predicated from these guys," said Carroll, whose brother Matt played at Notre Dame.

Barley might be the Hawks' sixth man, but a four-guard lineup often gets him more playing time than frontcourt starters John Bryant and Dwayne Jones. With both of the big men battling foul trouble, Barley was needed even more, playing 34 minutes against Wake Forest.

He limited Chris Paul to 12 points after the ACC freshman of the year averaged 25.5 points in his first two NCAA games.