Hawks breeze past Fordham for 14th straight victory
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Delonte West scored 12 points and grabbed
10 rebounds to lead No. 6 Saint Joseph’s to a 79-35 pounding of Atlantic 10
rival Fordham at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse.
The Hawks (14-0, 4-0 A-10) are enjoying the best start in school history and
are one of just a handful of undefeated Division I teams remaining.
“We’re good,” Saint Joseph’s head coach Phil Martelli said. “But we’re just
not great yet.”
Jameer Nelson added 13 points and six assists, mostly in the first half, as
Saint Joseph’s head coach Phil Martelli emptied his bench for 14 players to
see time on the court.
Nelson vaulted into second place on the university’s all-time scoring list
with 1,737 points. He trails Bernard Blunt, who scored 1,985 points from
Michael Haynes scored 17 points to lead the Rams (4-10, 1-2), who had a brief
two-game wining streak snapped. They are just 1-16 in their last 17 conference
games, dating back to last season, with that one victory coming against St.
Bonaventure on Saturday.
Nelson and West played just 23 minutes apiece in what was a mismatch from the
Saint Joseph’s dominated from tip off, opening the game with a 12-2 burst on
the way to an insurmountable 48-12 lead at halftime.
Nelson and Pat Carroll set the tone with consecutive three-pointers to open
the game, and the Hawks finished the first half shooting 42 percent from the
arc and 56 percent overall.
Fordham, on the other hand, trailed 31-10 with 8:31 remaining and got just one
more bucket before the break.
The Rams were only 5-of-25 (20 percent) from the floor and missed all nine
three-point attempts in the opening 20 minutes. They turned the ball over 13
times — with 11 of those giveaways coming in the game’s first nine minutes.
The Hawks ended the half on a 17-2 run and never let Fordham get closer than
32 points in the second half.
“The second half is significant to me because we were in similar situations
at Richmond and at Duquesne and we lost the second halves of those games,”
Martelli said. “I really let the team know that I wanted to win this second
The Rams finished just 13-of-52 (25 percent) from the floor, and made just two
of their 17 three-point attempts.