Saturday , Jan , 31 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Saint Joseph’s pounds rival Owls to remain perfect

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Jameer Nelson and Delonte West scored 21
points apiece, as third-ranked Saint Joseph’s continued its quest for a
perfect season by setting a new Atlantic 10 record for three-pointers made in
an 83-71 pounding of city-rival Temple at the Liacouras Center.

Pat Carroll added 20 points and Chet Stachitas scored 12 for the Hawks (18-0,
8-0 Atlantic 10), who extended the best start and longest winning streak in
school history by shooting 20-of-36 from beyond the arc. The mark is also a
school record.

Saint Joseph’s, which was 24-of-45 overall from the floor, is one of just two
remaining unbeaten teams in the country (Stanford, 18-0).

David Hawkins poured in 36 points for Temple to lead all scorers, but the Owls
(7-10, 2-5) shot less than 45 percent as a team and made just 11 of their 25
free throws. Mardy Collins added 21 points.

The Owls, who were coming off Hall of Fame coach John Chaney’s 700th career
victory Wednesday, have dropped two of their last four games.

Saint Joe’s has led start-to-finish in eight games this season and has trailed
only 62 of a total 720 minutes.

The beginning of this one was no different, with the Hawks jumping out to a
7-0 lead just 1:20 into the game on a West three-pointer.

The Owls didn’t get on the board until three minutes into the contest, and
they fell behind by 10 soon after when Nelson’s three at the 13:58 mark made
it 18-8 Saint Joe’s.

The Hawks, who lead the A-10 in three-point shooting, were an unconscious 11-
of-22 from there in the first half and 14-of-26 overall.

Carroll was 4-of-9 from beyond, and Stachitas was a perfect 3-for-3.
Stachitas’ three midway through the half gave Saint Joe’s its biggest lead
before the break at 33-11.

Temple was unable to match its opponents’ intensity in front of a record crowd
of 10,421 at the Liacouras, going just 12-of-31 from the field in the first
half and making just three of its 11 free throws.

Chaney wasn’t happy with the way his team played, saying the Owls made their
opponents better.

“We were sleepwalking, I guess,” he acknowledged.

Hawkins led all scorers with 16 of the Owls’ 28 points before the break, and a
Dion Dacons put-back at the buzzer pulled Temple within 44-28 heading into the
locker room.

Temple fell behind by as many as 29 when Nelson’s three-pointer midway through
the second half made it a 72-49 game.

“The first 30 minutes were terrific,” Hawks head coach Phil Martelli said.
“Maybe it was beyond, I don’t know.”

The Owls followed that with a 10-0 run and got as close as nine down the