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NELSON, WEST LEAD #12 HAWKS OVER DREXEL, 92-70, FOR SEVENTH STRAIGHT WIN
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  09/01/2004
PHILADELPHIA (12/14/03) - The Saint Joseph's backcourt of Jameer Nelson and Delonte West combined for 44 points to lead the 12th-ranked Hawks to a 92-70 win over local rival Drexel at The Palestra. The Hawks remain unbeaten with a 7-0 record, while posting their highest point total and largest scoring margin of the season. Drexel drops to 2-4 on the year. Nelson and West put up numbers to stake their claim as the best backcourt in the country. Nelson tied his season-high with 24 points, while handing out seven assists and posting three steals. West, the Atlantic 10 Player of the Week, scored 20 to mark his second straight game with 20-plus points, while adding six assists and four steals. Sophomore Chet Stachitas came off the bench to hit a career-high 14 points, going a perfect 5-for-5 from the field, with four of those from 3-point range. Pat Carroll and reserve Tyrone Barley added 10 points apiece. Saint Joseph's used a barrage of three-pointers in the game, hitting a season-high 13. Both teams shot extremely well, with SJU converting 55.6 percent from the field and Drexel hitting 52.7 percent. The Hawks went on a 19-2 run in the first half as Stachitas hit four 3-pointers in a three-and-a-half minute span to take a 36-15 lead by the nine-minute mark. Nelson also chipped in with a three-pointer and a conventional three-point play during the spurt. The Hawks took a 48-34 lead into the lockerroom at the half. Drexel came within 10 points early in the second half, but after a Nelson three-pointer, Drexel's Sean Brooks' answered with a three-point play to cut the deficit to 55-45. The Hawks used consecutive three-pointers from West and Barley, and a layup by Barley to put the game away with a 63-45 lead at 15:18. The Dragons came with 70-59 five minutes later, but the Hawks scored seven straight points, capped by a three-pointer from West. Forward Sean Brooks went 9-for-11 to lead Drexel with 22 points and Tim Whitworth scored 14 points. Phil Goss and Kenell Sanchez added 14 and 10 points respectively. Saint Joseph's 7-0 start matches that of last year's squad, which posted the same record before suffering its first loss on Dec. 28 to Pacific. That 7-0 mark was the best since the 1964-65 team went 10-0 to open the season. The Hawks travel west to take on California in the Pete Newell Challenge at The Arena in Oakland, CA, on Saturday, Dec. 20. The game is the second in a doubleheader with Stanford against Gonzaga in the opener. The Hawks are slated for an 8 p.m. Pacific time tipoff (11 p.m. EST), for the contest which will be televised nationally by College Sports Television and regionally by Comcast SportsNet.