Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  09/01/2004
PITTSBURGH, Pa. (1/10/04) - Jameer Nelson and Delonte West combined for 41 points to lead 9th-ranked Saint Joseph's to its 13th consecutive win, a 78-61 decision over Duquesne at the A.J. Palumbo Center. The Hawks are in the midst of their best start ever at 13-0, and are 3-0 in the Atlantic 10. Nelson scored 19 of his game-high 21 points in 18 minutes of the first half, while shooting 8-for-13 in the game. West scored 13 second-half points to finish with 20 on 6-for-12 shooting. The Hawks used a strong first half to put away the win. After jumping out to a quick 6-0 lead on consecutive tip-ins by Dave Mallon and Nelson, the Hawks would go up 18-12 at the 9:23 mark. After missing its first seven three-point attempts, SJU put on a display of long-distance shooting, hit the next eight of nine three's, and with 3:24 to play, owned a 36-18 lead. Nelson made three three-pointers in a span of 1:20 to key the Hawks. SJU's defense limited Duquesne to just 7-of-28 field goals in the first half as the Hawks held a 47-22 lead at intermission. Saint Joseph's held its biggest lead of the game, 45-73, with 6:27 to play, but with most of the starters on the bench, would only score five more points the rest of the way. Duquesne, which shot 57.7 percent in the second half, capitalized and ended the game with a 16-5 run, while going 6-for-8 from the foul line during that stretch. "They showed while they're a Top 10 team in the first half. We couldn't do anything to stop Nelson and West," said Dukes coach Danny Nee. "They exude confidence and play at a steady pace. The game is controlled through the hands of Nelson and West, and that's obvious." Chet Stachitas came off the bench to score 11 points with 3-of-3 three-pointers while Tyrone Barley had nine points and a season-high nine assists for the Hawks. Duquesne, which drops to 5-8 and 0-2 in the conference, was led by Elijah Palmer with 15 points and Bryant McAllister with 11. Jack Higgins came off the bench to notch 10 points and eight rebounds. The Hawks return home in this stretch of five of seven on the road to host Fordham on Tuesday, January 13 at the sold-out Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse. Game time is 7 p.m.