Colonials Drop Decision At No. 10 Saint Joseph's, 90-81
Jan 3, 2004
By DAN GELSTON
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Jameer Nelson scored 29 points to lead No. 10 Saint Joseph's to a 90-81 victory over George Washington on Saturday, extending the Hawks' season-opening winning streak to a school-record 11 games.
Dwayne Jones had his second straight double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds, and Delonte West added 18 points for the Hawks in the Atlantic 10 opener for both teams.
Carl Elliott scored 18 points and Pops Mensah-Bonsu had 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Colonials (6-6), who lost their fourth straight and second this week on the road to a top-25 team. They lost Monday at No. 18 Texas.
The Colonials made 29 of 32 free throws; Saint Joe's went 19-for-29.
Nelson went 10-for-15 from the floor and the Hawks shot 64 percent overall. They shot 17-for-23 in the second half.
Nelson followed one of the worst games of his career with his most dazzling game of the season. He scored Saint Joe's first six points, including a fastbreak layup off a backcourt steal.
Nelson added a three-point play, a 3-pointer and a long assist down the center of the court to a streaking West during a 15-6 run that made it 67-55 midway through the second half.
George Washington closed within 71-66 after Elliot's 3-pointer from the right wing, but the game turned into a free-throw contest with both teams in the bonus early.
The Colonials exposed the Hawks' weaknesses inside, scoring 26 straight
points on either dunks, layups or from the free-throw line. Saint Joe's did
play with a four-guard lineup for most of the half, but opened the second with
their three tallest players on the court and began to pull away.