Saint Joseph’s Hawks downed Duquesne, 76-56, in the first Atlantic-10
contest for both teams. After being named the Atlantic-10 Player of
the Week for the 3rd time this season, the Hawks’ Jameer
Nelson led the way with 22 points and 7 steals.
The Hawks opened up a large lead, beginning the game on a 14-2 run. A
few minutes later, the Hawks put together an 8-0 run to expand their
lead to 15 points, 23-8. The game looked like it was going to turn
into a laugher.
But Duquesne strung together a 7-0 run of their own to trim the lead
to 36-26. Freshman backup point guard Dwayne Lee connected on 1 of 2
free throws to give the Hawks an 11 point halftime lead, 37-26.
usual, it was the backcourt that provided most of the scoring by
halftime. Nelson, West, Carroll, Stachitas, Barley, and Lee combined
for 31 of the 37 points. Hot three-point shooting (6-10) helped the
Hawks to the lead. Saint Joseph’s limited the Dukes to 31.3% FG
shooting and had 8 steals.
Philadelphia native Kevin Forney led Duquesne to an early 9-2 run to
begin the second stanza. He not only led Duquesne, he put the team on
his back. Forney scored all of his team’s 9 points, including two
three-pointers to cut the lead to three points, 38-35.
The Hawks halted their ho-hum play. With the lead only 46-42 and the
team shooting an abysmal 4-17 FG to start the half, the guards woke
up. Jameer Nelson, Delonte West, and Pat Carroll triggered a 19-4 run
which put the game out of hand.
Delonte West had 17 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists before leaving
the game with a sprained ankle. Pat Carroll chipped in with 13 points
on 3-for-6 shooting from beyond the arc.
Big men John Bryant and Dwayne Jones combined for 11 rebounds.
Freshman Chet Stachitas scored a career-high 9 points.
Final numbers showed that Saint Joseph’s forced 24 turnovers, limited
the Dukes to 36% FG, and held another opponent under 60 points.
Kevin Forney led Duquesne with 22 points and 7 rebounds. Ron Dokes
and Elijah Palmer both did not start for Duquesne, their punishment
for missing the first 15 minutes of practice. They each had 8 points.
The Hawks (9-1, 1-0 A-10) next travel to Saint Bonaventure. The game
is Wednesday at 7:00pm. The Reilly Center will provide a very tough
test for the Hawks, who just might be ranked in the top 25.
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