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#3 HAWKS MAKE HISTORY WITH 114-63 ROUT OF ST. BONAVENTURE
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  09/01/2004
ST. BONAVENTURE, NY (1/24/04) - Clicking at both ends of the floor, the third-ranked Saint Joseph's Hawks routed St. Bonaventure, 114-63, to secure their place in school history with the longest winning streak ever at 17 games. The 17-game streak breaks the mark of 16 consecutive victories held by Dr. Jack Ramsay's 1964-65 team. The nation's best backcourt led the way as Delonte West scored 21 points and Jameer Nelson had 19. The Hawks remain one of two undefeated teams in the nation with their 17-0 record and 6-0 mark in the Atlantic 10. The Hawks quieted the raucous sellout crowd of 6,116 at the Reilly Center in just a few minutes, jumping out to a 15-3 lead with a clinic-like display of ball movement and perimeter shooting. The Hawks held a commanding 25-16 edge in rebounding, many times allowing St. Bonaventure just one shot. By the 10-minute mark, the Hawks held a 27-7 lead and were cruising, 62-27, at halftime. SJU shot a blazing 66.7 percent from both the field (20-for-30) and 3-point range (12-for-18) in the first half, while holding the Bonnies to just 25 percent. Nelson was the second Hawk in a week to have a perfect shooting game, as he went 6-for-6 from the field, 4-for-4 from 3-point range and 3-for-3 from the foul line, for 19 points in the first half. West, who had gone 12-for-12 last week at Xavier, scored 16 points in the half and dished out seven assists. Saint Joseph's kept it up in the second half, hitting over 60 percent from both the field and three-point range, while the Bonnies improved slightly, converting 30.6 percent. For the game, the Hawks converted 66.1 percent of their field goal attempts and a blistering 65.4 percent of their three-point attempts. Junior Pat Carroll missed only one field goal attempt for the second consecutive game, finishing with 17 points with five three-pointers. Dwayne Jones had a team-high nine rebounds and John Bryant scored nine points, getting free for a number of dunks. Coach Phil Martelli cleared the bench early in the second half and 12 of the 13 Hawks who played got into the scoring column. It was Saint Joseph's highest point total ever in an Atlantic 10 game, and it was the largest winning margin in a conference road game since the Hawks defeated the Bonnies, 86-50, in 1999. The 114 points scored was the most for an SJU team since a 116-67 win over Wheeling Jesuit on November 26, 1991. The Hawks get a well-deserved break before visiting local rival Temple on Saturday, January 31.