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SAINT JOSEPH'S MOVES UP TO #3 IN BOTH POLLS
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  09/01/2004
PHILADELPHIA (1/19/04) - The unbeaten Saint Joseph's Hawks have moved up to number three in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Top 25 for the week of January 19. It marks the highest ranking for the SJU program in the AP poll since the same week 38 years ago - the rankings of January 18, 1966. The 15-0 Hawks, now one of three unbeaten teams in the nation, are ranked only behind Duke (14-1) and Stanford (14-0). Saint Joseph's scored a big road win at Xavier on Saturday in front of a sold-out crowd to remain undefeated. Junior Delonte West had a perfect game, shooting 12-for-12 from the field and 6-for-6 from the foul line to score a career-high 33 points. Jameer Nelson, the leading candidate for National Player of the Year honors, scored 28 points on 11-for-18 shooting. Nelson and West showed why they should be considered the best backcourt in the country and actually had a hand in every SJU basket, as the two combined for seven assists in addition to the 23 field goals they scored. West gained a host of honors for his effort as he was named the National Player of the Week by both The Sporting News and ESPN.com, and was chosen the Player of the Week in both the Atlantic 10 and the Big 5. The Hawks host UMass on Wednesday, Jan. 21 at the sold-out Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse. Game time is 7 p.m.