Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  09/01/2004
PHILADELPHIA (1/3/04) - National Player of the Year candidate Jameer Nelson scored a season-high 29 points and Dwayne Jones had a career-high 23 points to go along with 10 rebounds as 10th-ranked Saint Joseph's defeated George Washington, 90-81, in the Atlantic 10 opener before a sold-out crowd at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse. The Hawks' 11-0 record is their best start ever and the 11-game winning streak is the tied as the fourth longest in school history. Jones notched his second consecutive double-double, and shot 8-for-10 from the field, and Delonte West scored 18 points on 7-for-10 shooting. Nelson added eight rebounds and three assists in the victory. The Hawks converted a season-best 64.0 percent from the field in the game, including a 17-for-23 (73.9%) effort in the second half. Holding a 46-42 lead at halftime, the Hawks came out strong, hitting six shots in a row and seven of their first eight. Jones scored eight of the Hawks' first 13 points of the second half, to expand the lead to 61-51. Saint Joseph's eventually increased its lead to 12 points (67-55), but GW went on an 11-4 run led by five points from Carl Elliott to close to within 71-66 with 10:04 remaining. Saint Joseph's responded with a 10-4 run to take an 82-70 lead with 5:13 to go and secure the history-making win. The Hawks put on one of their best displays of perimeter shooting in the first half. Nelson made his first four shots and West hit his first three as SJU converted 12 of its first 18 shots. The play for both teams switched then to the inside and Jones dominated, scoring 10 first-half points. GW had a balanced attack led by Carl Elliott with 18 points and Pops Mensah-Bonsu with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Omar Williams scored 14 and Mike Hall added 12 for the Colonials, who even their record to 6-6 (0-1 A10). Saint Joseph's, the three-time defending Atlantic 10 East regular season champions, is now 1-0 in the conference. The Hawks next visit Richmond on Tuesday evening, January 6.