Thursday , Jan , 22 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

St. Joe’s pounds UMass to remain unbeaten

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Pat Carroll scored a season-high 20 points
on 6-of-7 shooting behind the arc, as No. 3 Saint Joseph’s rolled to a 92-67
pounding of Atlantic 10 rival Massachusetts at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse.

Delonte West added 19 points and Jameer Nelson scored 13 with seven assists
for Saint Joseph’s (16-0, 6-0 A-10), which matched the longest winning streak
in school history with its 16th straight victory.

“The 16 wins is significant,” Hawks head coach Phil Martelli said. “When you
think of the people who have played here and coached here, that is a
significant accomplishment.”

One of just two undefeated teams remaining in Division I, the Hawks extended
their best start in school history and are currently enjoying their highest
in-season ranking since the 1965-66 season. Stanford is 14-0, while Cincinnati
(13-1) suffered its first loss of the season Wednesday night.

After a trek to St. Bonaventure on Saturday, SJU will faceoff against long-
time city rival Temple on January 31 in what will most likely be the toughest
test of its unbeaten record until a visit from A-10 foe Dayton in February.

“This team is pretty levelheaded,” Martelli acknowledged. “They’re calm about
things. They don’t let a lot of things get to them. You have to be alert to
the play at hand and not get caught up. We take it and move on.”

The Hawks weren’t tested at all in this one, as UMass (5-11, 0-5) shot just 39
percent from the field compared to Saint Joe’s 50 percent clip.

The Minutemen, led by Rashaun Freeman’s 17 points, whittled a 40-point deficit
down to the final margin in garbage time, but were never close.

Saint Joe’s put the game away with a 15-0 run in the opening five minutes of
the first half. All 15 points came on three-pointers, with Carroll draining
all three of his attempts, including one at 15:38 to end the flurry.

“The effort at the beginning of the game was obviously significant,” Martelli
said. “But still, four missed layups in the first half. So there’s room, I
consider, for improvement.”

The Hawks’ lead reached 21 points inside the eight minute mark when a jumper
by Carroll in the lane made it 28-7 with 7:33 remaining before the half.

UMass didn’t crack double digits until the 5:28 mark when a pair of free
throws from Jeff Viggiano pulled the Minutemen within 34-11.

That was as close as they would come the rest of the way.

The Hawks went ahead by as many as 32 points late in the half and carried a
50-27 cushion into the locker room behind Carroll’s 17 points. West added 15
first-half points for Saint Joe’s, which shot 50 percent overall from the
floor and drained half of its 18 three-point attempts.

The Minutemen, in comparison, shot just 21 percent (6-of-28) in the opening 24
minutes. They were led by Viggiano, who scored five of his eight first-half
points from the foul line.

The Hawks led by as many as 41 points in the second half, but UMass was able
to make up some ground when Martelli emptied his bench so 15 players could see
time on the court.