Hawks win 22nd straight
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Jameer Nelson posted 20 points and six
assists to lead the third-ranked Saint Joseph’s Hawks to a 73-59 win over the
Rhode Island Rams in an Atlantic 10 showdown from Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse.
Delonte West scored 14 points and added nine assists and eight rebounds for
Saint Joseph’s (22-0, 11-0 A-10), which extended its school-record winning
streak and all-time best start to remain one of only two undefeated teams left
in Division I.
Tyrone Barley added 14 points and Pat Carroll contributed eight for the Hawks,
who won despite being dominated on the boards, 48-26.
Brian Woodward scored 19 points and hauled down 13 boards to lead the Rams in
both categories. Steve Mello and Jamaal Wise each accounted for eight points
for Rhode Island (14-11, 3-8), which has lost three in a row and eight of its
last 10 overall.
The Rams trailed the Hawks by just five points at the half, but Saint
Joseph’s scored the first seven points of the second stanza in the midst of a
13-2 run. Carroll’s consecutive three-pointers ended the burst that left Rhode
Island down 16 at 49-33.
But the Rams wouldn’t go quietly, responding with an 8-0 burst ended by Scott
Hazelton’s layup, to pull within eight points at 49-41. Barley hit a three-
pointer, though, and West followed with a tip-in to push the Hawks’ lead back
up to 13.
Rhode Island got the Saint Joseph’s lead down to single digits just once more
over the course of the game, when Mello drilled a three to make it 58-49 with
7:16 to play.
However, West hit a three-pointer with 5:23 remaining to seal a 7-0 burst and
make it 65-49. The Rams would get no closer than 10 points the rest of the
The game was tight early on, as a Woodward foul shot pulled the Rams within
one at 11-10 nearly seven minutes into the game.
But Saint Joseph’s ripped off a 9-0 run, capped by a Barley three-pointer, to
double up Rhode Island at 20-10 with 9:41 to go in the half.
The Rams scored the next five points, but West stopped the bleeding for the
Hawks by converting a three-point play to make it 23-15.
The teams traded baskets over the next three minutes until Dustin Hellenga hit
a three-pointer with 3:35 remaining until halftime to pull the Rams within
three at 29-26.
But Saint Joseph’s outscored Rhode Island 7-5 down the stretch, and took a
36-31 edge into the locker room.
Woodward’s 11 points at the half led all scorers, and Nelson scored 10 to pace