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Hawks Soar to 3-0 Start

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. Joseph's University

by Patrick Wandalowski

December 1st

 

      

Saint Joseph’s is off to their best start since the 1994-95 season, upping their record to 3-0 after Sunday’s 63-47 defeat of CAA opponent, Old Dominion.  The Hawks used a 2nd half run to pull away from the Monarchs before a crowd of 3,022 at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse.

 

       For the third straight victory, the Hawks relied heavily on their backcourt.  Jameer Nelson, Delonte West, and Pat Carroll combined for 45 points. 

 

       Delonte West continued his torrid offensive attack of late by scoring the Hawks first 7 points of the game.  A Nelson three-pointer from the top of the key, followed by a steal and lay-up by the junior co-captain gave the Hawks a 12-9 lead.  After an 8-2 run by Old Dominion recaptured the lead for the Monarchs, Tyrone Barley was fouled on a three-point shot.  He sank all three free throws to forge a tie at 17.  Another bucket by Nelson gave them the lead, a lead they would not relinquish.

 

       The Crimson and Gray opened up a little lead with some late free throws in the opening half.  West hit both ends of the 1 and 1, and knocked in another shot to extend the lead to the largest margin of the game, 27-20.  A three-pointer by ODU’s Waller eventually ended a Saint Joseph’s 13-3 run.

 

       By halftime, the Hawks led 28-23.  Nelson and West combined to go 6-for-14 from the field, scoring 18 of the team’s 28 total points.  Free throw shooting provided mixed results—West, Barley, and Mallon were a perfect 9-of-9 from the charity stripe, while John Bryant and Chris Cologer struggled mightily to go 1-for-9 combined.

 

       Old Dominion scored five quick points to start the 2nd half, 28-28.  Alex Sazonoz’s lone basket of the game gave the Hawks the lead right back.  That started a 15-5 run by Saint Joseph’s.  Nelson drilled two free throws, then fed Delonte West for an easy lay-up to make the score 34-30.  Sophomore Pat Carroll took over for the next stretch of the game.  He knocked down a long three-pointer, blocked a shot at the other end of the floor, and then nailed another three-pointer.  Nelson capped off the run, sinking a jumper off a Bryant free throw miss, 43-33.

 

       Jameer Nelson took over the game in the second half, scoring 14 of his game-high 21 points.  Nelson went 7-for-14 from the field and was a perfect 6-of-6 from the line.  He added 5 steals, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists.  It was the 3rd straight game of 20 or more points for Nelson.  Delonte West hauled down a game-high 9 rebounds to go with 13 points.  Pat Carroll was 4-for-6 FG, 3-for-4 from three point territory, for 11 points.

 

Saint Joseph’s clamped down on defense once again.  They held the Monarchs to 29% FG, out rebounded them 38-33, blocked 7 shots, and forced 15 turnovers.

 

Old Dominion was led in scoring by Marsh (16 pts, 6 rebs) and Loughton (14 pts, 7 rebs).

 

       The Hawks’ frontcourt is quickly becoming a point of concern.  Dave Mallon, Alex Sazonov, Dwayne Jones, John Bryant, and Chris Cologer combined for only two field goals and ten points.  Two or three of these players must emerge soon or it will catch up to the Hawks.  Nelson, West, and Carroll were the only 3 Hawks to attempt more than 3 shots.

 

Saint Joseph’s takes the floor this Thursday vs. Boston University.  

 

 

Email: Patrick Wandalowski