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Hawks Open Conference Slate With a Victory

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St. Joseph's Basketball

St. Joseph's Hawks
9-1 (1-0 Atlantic Ten)

by Patrick Wandalowski

January 5th, 2003

The Saint Joseph’s Hawks downed Duquesne, 76-56, in the first Atlantic-10 contest for both teams.  After being named the Atlantic-10 Player of the Week for the 3rd time this season, the Hawks’ Jameer Nelson led the way with 22 points and 7 steals.

 

The Hawks opened up a large lead, beginning the game on a 14-2 run.  A few minutes later, the Hawks put together an 8-0 run to expand their lead to 15 points, 23-8.  The game looked like it was going to turn into a laugher.

 

But Duquesne strung together a 7-0 run of their own to trim the lead to 36-26.  Freshman backup point guard Dwayne Lee connected on 1 of 2 free throws to give the Hawks an 11 point halftime lead, 37-26.

 

As usual, it was the backcourt that provided most of the scoring by halftime.  Nelson, West, Carroll, Stachitas, Barley, and Lee combined for 31 of the 37 points.  Hot three-point shooting (6-10) helped the Hawks to the lead.  Saint Joseph’s limited the Dukes to 31.3% FG shooting and had 8 steals.

 

Philadelphia native Kevin Forney led Duquesne to an early 9-2 run to begin the second stanza.  He not only led Duquesne, he put the team on his back.  Forney scored all of his team’s 9 points, including two three-pointers to cut the lead to three points, 38-35.

 

The Hawks halted their ho-hum play.  With the lead only 46-42 and the team shooting an abysmal 4-17 FG to start the half, the guards woke up.  Jameer Nelson, Delonte West, and Pat Carroll triggered a 19-4 run which put the game out of hand.

 

Delonte West had 17 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists before leaving the game with a sprained ankle.  Pat Carroll chipped in with 13 points on 3-for-6 shooting from beyond the arc.

 

Big men John Bryant and Dwayne Jones combined for 11 rebounds.  Freshman Chet Stachitas scored a career-high 9 points.

 

Final numbers showed that Saint Joseph’s forced 24 turnovers, limited the Dukes to 36% FG, and held another opponent under 60 points. 

 

Kevin Forney led Duquesne with 22 points and 7 rebounds.  Ron Dokes and Elijah Palmer both did not start for Duquesne, their punishment for missing the first 15 minutes of practice.  They each had 8 points.

 

The Hawks (9-1, 1-0 A-10) next travel to Saint Bonaventure.  The game is Wednesday at 7:00pm.  The Reilly Center will provide a very tough test for the Hawks, who just might be ranked in the top 25.  

E-Mail the Author: Patrick Wandalowski

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