BRONX, NY (02/08/03) - Saint Joseph's continued its hotshooting hand at newly-renovated Rose Hill Gym, hitting 9-of-17 first half three-pointers to break open the game early en route to an 82-64 win over the Fordham Rams. SJU, behind the strength of a career high 31 points from southpaw Delonte West, took a 48-22 halftime lead and fought off a sluggish second stanza to ups its record to 17-3 overall and 7-2 in Atlantic 10 Conference play. Fordham falls to 2-19, 1-9. Jameer Nelson, who was held to a season low five points, became just the fourth Hawk player to reach the 500 assist plateau. His milestone dish came on a pretty back pass to West for a slam, making the score 22-10 SJU with 11:36 remaining in the first. West, who hit 11-of-15 from the field, 4-of-5 from three-point range, tallied 20 of his points in the first half. The Hawks shot 18-of-31 in the period overall, and committed just four turnovers. SJU's defense, on the other hand, forced 14 Ram turnovers in the frame, leading to 17 points. The defense also held Fordham to 6-of-21 from the field (28.6%) and 1-of-8 from long range (12.5%). As pretty as the first hafl was, the second was as ugly. The Hawks connected on just six field goals (37.5%) in what turned out to be a parade to the charity stripe (21-30 in 2nd half). Fordham turned up its pressure in the frame, forcing eight turnovers while cutting the deficit to as little as 13, 71-58, with just under four minutes to play. The Hawks then made seven of their next eight from the line, including four-of-four from Tyrone Barley (12 points), to seal the win. Pat Carroll added 18 points, hitting four-of-six from three-point range. Nelso finished with seven assists, and now has 503 for his career. Over 400 Hawk fans filled Rose Hill, the strongest road showing of the year by the Crimson and Gray faithful. Michael Haynes and Anthonique Wilson led four double figure Ram scorers with 15 apiece. SJU next plays Temple at The Palestra on Thursday night (8:00 p.m./CSN/WPEN 950 AM). This is the last remaining SJU home game where tickets are available. Over 1,000 still remain for the A-10 battle which will feature a reunion of all former SJU players at halftime.