BOSTON (AP) -- Jameer Nelson didn't need a big scoring game to
help Saint Joseph's.
Delonte West scored 20 points and Nelson added 13 points, eight
assists and seven rebounds to lead No. 13 Saint Joseph's to a 71-56
win over Boston University on Tuesday night.
Nelson shot just 4-of-12 from the field, but he keyed the
defense with five steals, and his passing opened the floor for
teammates like West and Tyrone Barley, who set a career-high with
five 3-pointers and finished with 15 points.
"His game starts with defense, and then doing what his team
needs him to do. He's the best in America because of the way that
he leads, and that's what he did tonight. He led us," Saint
Joseph's coach Phil Martelli said.
Saint Joseph's (2-0) shot 12-of-29 from 3-point range, including
8-for-16 in the first half.
The Terriers (0-2) pulled within 24-22 after an 11-2 run midway
through the first half. But Saint Joseph's regrouped with a 10-0
spurt to move ahead 34-22, led by 3-pointers from Pat Carroll and
Saint Joseph's led 37-24 at halftime.
West scored nine of Saint Joseph's first 14 points in the second
half, including a layup with 12:23 left that gave the Hawks a 52-32
lead. The closest Boston got after that was 59-48 on a 3-pointer
from Matt Turner with 6:38 left.
"I got some better looks in the second half, and my teammates
did a better job of getting me the ball. I was just knocking shots
down," West said.
Saint Joseph's hit five 3-pointers in the opening 7:08,
including a pair from Nelson, to take a 17-6 lead. Martelli said
the Hawks displayed the defensive ball pressure and unselfish play
on offense that is the key to their success.
"They are very unselfish and are willing to make the next pass
and get the next guy a shot," Martelli said. "When we move the
ball we are very difficult to guard."
Boston was led by Ryan Butt, who scored a career-high 20 points.
Chaz Carr added 13 points for the Terriers.
"Obviously (Saint Joseph's) is a very good basketball team,"
Boston coach Dennis Wolff said. "If you like basketball, it's
difficult not to like the way they play."