Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  09/01/2004
NORFOLK, VA (11/29/03) - The #13 Saint Joseph's men's basketball team escaped with a narrow 75-72 decision over Old Dominion on Saturday night at the Ted Constant Convocation Center. All-American Jameer Nelson scored a game-high 24 points and hit a 38-footer as the shot clock ran out with just nine seconds left in regulation to help the Hawks hang on for the win. SJU improves to 3-0, while ODU falls to 0-2. The Monarchs started the game with a 6-0 run before a Nelson layup gave the Hawks their first score of the night 2:30 into the game. ODU held a 8-2 advantage before St. Joe's went on a 28-6 run to grab a 16-point lead, 30-14, with 7:02 left in the first half. The Monarchs, however, came up with a 13-1 run to cut the Hawks' lead to four, 31-27, with just over four minutes left in the half. SJU, though withstood the run and the Hawks held a 10-point (39-29) lead at the half. A Jameer Nelson free throw put St. Joseph's up by 11 points, 40-29, just 45 seconds into the second half before ODU went on a quick 10-0 run to cut the lead to just one point, 40-39, with 16:24 left in the game. The Hawks answered back with six straight points of their own to retake a seven-point advantage, 46-39, at the 15:15 mark. St. Joseph's stretched their lead to as much as 14 points twice in the second half, the last being with the Hawks leading 61-47 nearly 10 minutes into the half. ODU whittled down the deficit in the final minutes of the half, capped by Isaiah Hunter's layup with 46 seconds left in the game to slice the Saint Joseph's lead to just two points, 72-70. St. Joseph's regained control of the ball, allowing Nelson to hit his three-pointer from well behind the arc to give the Hawks a 75-70 lead with just nine seconds left in the game. Hunter connected on another layup with three seconds left in the game to cut the Monarch deficit to 75-72, but Saint Joseph's took possession of the ball in the final seconds to take the 75-72 victory. 'I know we had the game in our hands,' ODU Head Coach Blaine Taylor said after the game. 'I know Jameer (Nelson) is a good player, but the shot was a back breaker. For the game, Nelson and ODU's Alex Loughton scored a game-high 24 points a piece, followed closely by the Hawks' Delonte West's 23. Chet Stachitas scored a career-high 11 points for St. Joseph's to give the Hawks three double-figure scorers for the game. ODU shot 38.6% from the field for the game, compared to Saint Joseph's 52.7%, but committed 20 turnovers to the Hawks' 15. SJU returns to action on Tuesday when they host San Francisco at the Fieldhouse at 7:00 PM.