PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The men’s basketball team of St. Joseph’s University will be at home on Saturday, hosting George Washington in Atlantic 10 action.

The Hawks are coming off a 75-63 loss to Duquesne on Wednesday which dropped them to 5-9 on the season.

Hawks head coach Phil Martelli thinks he knows what went wrong.

“We had slippage in both our care of the ball and our attention to detail, scouting report-wise, and we come out with a home loss in the league,” he told KYW Newsradio on Friday.

So now, the Hawks will focus on George Washington, a Colonials team that beat La Salle this week by five points. Martelli says they are a tough match-up.

“They play a frenetic style,” he said. “They play a number of guys — 9 or 10 guys will get in, usually by the first media time-out. They chase the ball, and are very, very aggressive in their defensive posture.”

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Martelli says the biggest challenge facing his team right now is meeting the sense of urgency needed to compete in the Atlantic 10:

“This is our fifteenth game — this is halfway through the season — and we are sitting (four) games under .500. We have to address that, and we have to address that starting Saturday afternoon with GW.”

George Washington is 8-6 heading into this game.

Reported by Matt Leon, KYW Newsradio 1060.

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