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CARROLL IN THE ZONE IN 76-72 WIN OVER THE BONNIES
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  09/01/2004
PHILADELPHIA (02/22/03) - In Pat Carroll's ideal world, every opponent would play zone defense. St. Bonaventure featured a 1-2-2 alignment, among others, and the sophomore southpaw buried three straight trifectas late in the second half to break open a close contest and give the Hawks a 76-72 win. Carroll ended with a career-high 27 points on 7-for-13 three-point shooting and junior Jameer Nelson added 25 to move Saint Joseph's to 19-4 overall and 9-3 in the Atlantic 10. Just a week removed from scoring a career-high 24 points against Temple's fabled matchup zone, Carroll returned to what great shooters call "the zone." Down 60-59 with 5:52 to go, Carroll drained three consecutive three-balls from the corner. The final one sent the Fieldhouse sellout crowd into a frenzy and forced the Bonnies (12-13, 6-6 A-10) to call a timeout. A Nelson jumper gave SJU a 70-64 lead with three minutes to go, but a Mike Gansey three snapped a four minute SBU drought to cut it to 70-67. "This team has an ability to recognize that Pat had it, and they found him," head coach Phil Martelli said. "We were making plays up on the fly [for him]." Junior Tyrone Barley (career high 15 points) and Nelson connected on two free throws each to stretch the lead to 74-67, but a Marques Green long trey-ball gave the Hawk faithful a scare with ten seconds to go, but it was too little, too late for the Bonnies. The trio of Carroll, Nelson and Barley combined for 67 of the 76 points, making up for an injured Delonte West. He is day-to-day with what has been deemed a stress reaction in his right lower leg. The first half was back and forth with Nelson scoring 21 points to keep the Crimson and Gray in the ballgame. Ahmad Smith, despite averaging just 5.9 ppg, scored 14 points in the half to lead the visitors. St. Bonaventure ended the half with a 42-38 lead as two technical free throws from Green with :20 to go. After a timeout, SJU sent out six players, which didn't go over to well with the officiating crew. "They must have changed that rule this year, only allowing five guys on the court," Martelli said, dripping with sarcasm. "I drew up a play for five and I looked up and there were six guys on the court." Saint Joseph's kicked off the second half on a 8-0 run to take the lead. It held the lead until a Maurice Young three gave SBU a 60-59 lead at the 5:52 mark. It was then Carroll's time to shine. SJU managed to outrebound the Bonnies, 36-29, led by Nelson's nine. Freshman Dwayne Jones garnered eight while Carroll collected seven. The Hawks also shot a season best 85.7% from the charity stripe, including a perfect 6-for-6 down the stretch. Green scored 18 points and added eight assists for SBU, who shot just 35% in the second half as a team. The 5-7 native of Norristown also led the team with six boards. Saint Joseph's returns to action on Monday night at the Palestra in its final Big Five matchup, against La Salle. Tip-off is set for 8:00 p.m. SJU is looking for its first perfect, round-robin Big Five season since 1980.