Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  09/01/2004
PHILADELPHIA (12/22/03) - The Saint Joseph's men's basketball team climbed to 10th in both national polls, Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today, for this week. It is the highest in-season ranking for the Hawks since the 1965-66 team was fifth in the Associated Press Poll of March 8, 1966. The 2000-01 squad was 10th, but that ranking came in the preseason. The Hawks are 8-0 after a 59-57 win over California in the Pete Newell Challenge this past weekend in Oakland. Player of the Year candidate Jameer Nelson hit the game-winning shot with under five seconds to play to give SJU the victory. Saint Joseph's eight-game winning streak equals the best start since the 1964-65 squad opened the year with eight victories. It is the longest in-season winning streak since the 2000-01 team rattled off 10 consecutive wins. The Hawks take a short break for Christmas and return to Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse for the first time in four games, hosting Pacific on Saturday, December 27. SJU will be looking to avenge a road loss to Pacific last season which ended the Hawks' seven-game winning streak. Game time is 4 p.m.