PHILADELPHIA (12/09/02) -- Whenever the Saint Joseph's men's basketball team needs a basket, they know exactly who to turn to. Down 9-2 early in the first half, he found his way through the lane for a layup. Late in the first half, his free throw gave the Hawks their first lead at 25-24. And most importantly, Jameer Nelson's two-minute spurt in the second half kicked off a 21-3 run that helped Saint Joseph's (6-0) break away from visiting Delaware, 77-59, at the Fieldhouse. The Chester native finished the game with 24 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. After extending their halftime lead to ten points at the 15:03 mark, SJU saw the Blue Hens (2-2) cut the deficit to just five at 44-39. It was then when the All-American candidate took over. He canned a three and then a fade-away jumper from the foul line twenty seconds apart. After a freshman Dwayne Jones steal, he fed sophomore Pat Carroll (18 points) for a three and then nailed another fade-away, this time from the baseline. At the 13:06 mark, it was 44-39 SJU. After the Jameer Nelson show, it was 54-39 Hawks, before Phil Martelli took his point guard out. "This thing is driven by Jameer Nelson, but it's not Jameer solo," Martelli said. With Nelson on the bench, things didn't change. Carroll hit another three, one of five on the night. Jones followed with a tip-in and freshman Chet Stachitas hit a baseline jumper to extend the lead to 19 points. A junior Tyrone Barley steal and layup was followed by a Stachitas drive and bucket, giving St. Joe's their largest lead of the game at 65-42 with 7:26 left. Saint Joseph's, wearing their new black uniforms for the first time in history, continued their strong defensive showing by holding UDel to 32% shooting from the field. The Hawks received strong showings offensively from Nelson (9-17 FG) and Carroll (6-8 FG, 5-6 3P FG). Bryant came off the bench to score three points and block three shots, one one a baseline three that was sent three rows into the Fieldhouse crowd. Jones had a game-high 11boards in 19 minutes and Barley scored seven points off the bench. Saint Joseph's 6-0 start is their best since the 1980-81 season. Mike Slattery led Delaware with 18 points on 7-of-14 shooting, while Mike Ames added 14. SJU now takes 12-days off from game action to prepare for final examinations. They next step onto the court at the Palestra on December 21 at 4:30 when they take on DePaul. Daily News | Inquirer
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