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CARROLL, WEST DIAL IN FROM LONG DISTANCE TO LEAD HAWKS OVER TEMPLE, 78-59
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  09/01/2004
PHILADELPHIA (02/13/03) - If there's one weakness to Temple's fabled matchup-zone, it's the tendency to allow plenty of open three-point looks. #25 Saint Joseph's exploited that this evening as sophomores Delonte West and Pat Carroll combined for 56 points, 36 coming from behind the arc, as the Hawks (18-3, 8-2 A-10) downed the Owls, 78-59, inside the hallowed halls of The Palestra. West continued his torrid play, scoring a career-high 32 points on 13-of-19 shooting, including four trifectas. The reigning Big Five Player of the Week has averaged 29.3 ppg in his last three contests, all Hawk wins. Carroll, the nation's leading three-point shooter, was no slouch either, pouring in a career-high 24 points all from behind the arc (8-15). But head coach Phil Martelli was more impressed with the duo's rebounding, as Carroll had a game-high nine boards and West added seven. Junior Jameer Nelson took just four shots (four points), but dished 12 assists, tying a career high. It was the first time all season that the All-American candidate had scored in single-digits for back-to-back games. Down at half (35-34) for just the second time this season, Martelli sensed a bit of doubt at halftime. That doubt may have grown a bit early in the second half with two Hawk turnovers on their first two possessions and an Alex Wesby (20 points) three gave the Cherry and White (7-13, 5-5) a 38-34 lead. "For the first time all year, I saw little threads of doubt," Martelli said. After regaining the lead at 43-42 on a West steal and Nelson lay-up, it was all Hawks. A 13-2 run was kicked off with a West jumper and Carroll three, but certainly was highlighted by a Nelson-off-the-glass pass to West who slammed home the alley-oop. Carroll finished the run with another trifecta, as TU head coach John Chaney was forced to call a 30-second timeout down 56-45. But it wouldn't get any better for the veteran mentor. Defensively, senior Alexandre Sazonov keyed the run causing havoc in the paint and ended with six blocks on the evening. For the next five minutes, SJU would outscore the Owls 16-3 to take its largest lead of the night at 72-48. Before shooting one of its last four from the field, Saint Joseph's was a torrid 15-for-20 (75%) for the half. It ended at 67% for the half and 56% for the game. Both coaches emptied their benches and the Hawks came away with just their fourth season sweep of Temple in the last 20 years. "The response in the second half was something that you're looking for as a coach," Martelli quipped about the Hawks' 44-24 margin in the second stanza. Martelli moved into a tie for fourth place with Jack McKinney on the SJU all-time wins list with 144. Nelson, with his 12 assists, moved into third place on the all-time assists list with 515. Chaney called SJU a "top 10 team," to which Martelli answered "What, in Philadelphia?" Despite the season sweep, Martelli remained true to his thinking that the Atlantic 10 always goes through Temple. St. Joe's has little time to prepare for its next contest, a key Atlantic 10 matchup at Dayton on Saturday afternoon. The game will be telecast on ESPN2 at 3:00 p.m.