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#3 HAWKS USE THREE'S TO DEFEAT TEMPLE, 83-71
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  09/01/2004
PHILADELPHIA (1/31/04) - Jameer Nelson and Delonte West scored 21 points apiece as #3 Saint Joseph's connected for an Atlantic 10 and school-record 20 three-point field goals in an 83-71 win over conference and city rival Temple at the standing-room only Liacouras Center. The victory is the Hawks' 18th in a row as they remain one of two unbeaten teams in the nation. The Hawks connected on 20-of-36 three-pointers in the contest, making only four field goals from inside the arc. Nelson led the way with six while West and Pat Carroll (20 points) connected for five each. Chet Stachitas added four three-pointers, missing only one in the game. Saint Joseph's was in command the entire game, jumping out to an 18-8 lead by the 14-minute mark. Consecutive three-pointers by Carroll, Nelson and Stachitas gave the Hawks their biggest lead of the half, 33-11, with 9:47 remaining. The Hawks continued the hot shooting for the first part of the second half and took the game's largest margin, 72-43, on a three-pointer by Nelson with 8:44 to go. The Hawks would then commit a number of uncharacteristic turnovers, including three in a row, as Temple whittled away at the deficit. The Owls went on a 20-3 run, led by seven points from Mardy Collins, to pull within 75-61 with 2:18 to go. The Hawks' victory was never threatened, despite the fact that Temple closed to 80-71 with 40 seconds remaining. "The first 30 minutes were terrific, but we didn't play well down the stretch," said Hawks' coach Phil Martelli. "I never felt uncomfortable. I was more uncomfortable with the way we played instead of the score. We have to adjust that." Temple coach John Chaney was honored prior to the game for his 700th career win achieved last Wednesday. In a pre-game newspaper story, Chaney called the Hawks "a very special team". "For a man like John Chaney to say we have a special team - that I trust in and I believe in," said Martelli. "I am humbled by what he had to say about our team." David Hawkins scored 36 points for Temple with Collins adding 21. Nelson had seven assists but was plagued with six turnovers, West added six assists and John Bryant had a team-high seven rebounds. The Hawks have a quick turnaround before facing traditional rival Villanova on Monday, February 2, at The Pavilion. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. as part of the network's "Rivalry Week". Saint Joseph's fans are invited to watch the game on the big screen in Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse and should contact the SJU ticket office at 610-660-1712 for information.