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HAWK MEN CHILL FORDHAM, 79-46
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  09/01/2004
PHILADELPHIA (01/22/03) - After Wednesday's game at the Fieldhouse, it was hard to tell which number was lower -- the arctic temperatures that have invaded the Delaware Valley or the shooting percentage of the Fordham Rams. Saint Joseph's held the Bronx visitors to 25% shooting on its way to a 79-46 Atlantic 10 victory, their largest margin of victory since November 17, 2000. That night, the Hawks defeated Western Carolina, 103-53. Coming off a disappointing 58-57 loss at Rhode Island on Sunday, SJU (13-2, 5-1 A-10) came out uninspired and fell behind Fordham, 12-3. Junior Pat Carroll hit a three at the 19:06 mark before the Rams (2-14, 1-4) went on a 12-0 run, including three trey balls. But St. Joe's would go on to outscore the Rams, 35-10, for the next 14:38. Junior Jameer Nelson, playing with a case of the flu, sparked the initial 17-3 run with a three pointer and three assists. Despite playing only 27 minutes, he dished a season high nine assists against no turnovers. Saint Joseph's would then go on runs of 10-0 and 12-0 to close the half with a 38-22 lead. "The depth certainly was a factor in the first half. We had 11 assists on 13 field goals, that's good basketball," Martelli said. Sophomore Delonte West had more field goals (six) than the Rams (five) in the first, as he ended the half with 17 points. Fordham shot just 22% from the floor and were held to just one field goal in the final 12:02 of the half. The Hawks put the game away to begin the second stanza, going on a 14-4 run before the first media timeout. Carroll started the half just as he had the game with a three from the corner off a Nelson feed. The sharpshooter scored nine points in the run and finished the game with 16 points in just 15 minutes, breaking a three-game shooting slump. Saint Joseph's coasted the rest of the way, sending Fordham home with yet another loss in the City of Brotherly Love. The Rams are 0-19 in Philadelphia since joining the Atlantic 10 seven years ago. "We had not prepared well for the Rhode Island game and therefore we lost," Martelli said. "This game, our preparation was extraordinary." West led the team with 19 points and freshman Chet Stachitas came off the bench to score a career-high ten points and six rebounds. Nelson added nine to go along with his nine assists and freshman guard Dwayne Lee reached career highs in minutes (17), assists (four) and points (three). The win marked the largest conference victory since February 22, 1997, when the Hawks defeated St. Bonaventure, 86-50. Michael Haynes led Fordham with ten points and seven rebounds. Saint Joseph's returns to action on Saturday, January 25, when they take on Penn at the Palestra in a critical Big Five contest. The consensus preseason pick in the city, the Quakers are 2-0 in Big Five play. Tip-off is set for 8:00 p.m. and will be broadcast live on CN8. Inquirer Story | Daily News Story