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#10 HAWKS IMPROVE STREAK TO 10 WITH 75-54 WIN AT DELAWARE
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  09/01/2004
NEWARK, DEL. (12/30/03) - Jameer Nelson had a game-high 20 points and sophomore Dwayne Jones had his first career double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds as 10th-ranked Saint Joseph's used a strong second half to run away from Delaware, 75-54, for its 10th consecutive win. The 10-0 start is the Hawks' best since 1964-65, but is one win short of the best in school history, an 11-0 start achieved by the 1914-15 squad. The Hawks played two completely different halves in the game. In the first half, SJU shot a season-low 28 percent from the field (7-for-25) and made only 1-of-5 three-point attempts to hold a slim 29-25 edge at halftime. The second half saw the Hawks shoot 61.5 percent from the field and 57.1 percent from beyond the arc while limiting Delaware to 29 points. SJU came out blazing after halftime, going on an 8-2 run in the first two minutes to take a 37-27 lead. With five minutes elapsed, the Hawks owned a 48-30 lead as Nelson and Delonte West each scored seven points. After a conventional three-point play by Jones gave SJU a 54-36 lead with 11:48 remaining, the Hawks would outscore the home team, 19-8, over the next 10 minutes to put the game away with a 70-47 lead. The first half featured poor shooting by both teams, with Delaware scoring a season-low 25 points and Saint Joseph's scoring only one point more than its previous low (28 vs. California). Despite the low-scoring effort in the half, the Hawks led the entire game. Nelson scored 16 points in the second half, while West shot 4-for-5 in that half to finish the game with 18 points in addition to six assists. Jones, who led the team with six points and seven rebounds by halftime, achieved a new career-high in scoring, while also blocking two shots. Saint Joseph's rings in the New Year with the Atlantic 10 opener on Saturday, January 3 against George Washington at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse. Tip-off is at noon while the contest will be seen on the Atlantic 10 Television Network, and regionally on Comcast Sportsnet.