(10) Saint Joseph's 75

(10-0, 6-0 away)

Delaware 54

(6-3, 2-2 home)

    8:00 PM ET, December 30, 2003

    Bob Carpenter Center Acierno Arena, Newark, Delaware

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    Hawks 10-0, first time since 1964-65

    NEWARK, Del. (AP) -- Saint Joseph's coach Phil Martelli got the defensive effort and scoring punch he wanted from Dwayne Jones.

    Jones had 14 points and 11 rebounds and Jameer Nelson scored 20 points, helping the 10th-ranked Hawks to a 75-54 victory over Delaware on Tuesday night.

    Martelli talked with Jones earlier this week about his role on the team and the uneven transition from reserve to starter.

    "He had almost become satisfied with being a starter and we needed attitude," Martelli said. "He certainly had attitude tonight."

    Jones, a 6-foot-11 center, averaged 5.4 points and 6.7 rebounds in Saint Joe's guard-heavy offense, but set a career high in points and fell three short in rebounds. Jones, who led the Atlantic 10 in blocked shots a year ago off the bench, was inconsistent this season as a starter.

    The inside game struggled as the backcourt of Nelson and Delonte West carried the bulk of the scoring.

    "We needed other options and he certainly gave us an option scoring the ball, and certainly defensively," Martelli said.

    Martelli's advice to Jones? Try and dunk on everybody.

    There were a couple of dunks, but mostly a solid all-around game and Jones' first career double-double.

    "I had a lot of eight and 11s, but I finally got one. It felt good," he said. "Hopefully it will carry on and I'll get a lot more."

    West added 18 points for the Hawks, who are 10-0 for the first time since the 1964-65 season under Jack Ramsay, and have their eighth career double-digit winning streak.

    The Hawks are a win away from their best start in team history: The 1914-15 team went 11-0 and finished 14-1.

    The Hawks' record for consecutive wins is 16, also in 1964-65.

    Saint Joe's likely won't be challenged during the early part of the Atlantic 10 season, which starts Saturday against George Washington. The Hawks' first seven conference games are against teams that are no better than two games over .500.

    Their only game against a ranked team was a season-opening victory against Gonzaga.

    The Hawks opened the second half with a 19-5 run and made their first five shots to put away what had been a close game. West and Pat Carroll each hit 3-pointers during the run, and Nelson capped it with a 3 to stretch the lead to 18.

    "We knew if we came out there and played the way we knew how to play, it wouldn't be a contest," Nelson said.

    The Hawks shot 62 percent in the second half.

    Raphael Madera led the Blue Hens (6-3) with 16 points. Delaware had scored at least 70 points in its first eight games, but failed to get another double-digit scorer and shot only 33 percent.

    "In the second half, they showed why they're the No. 10 team in the country," Delaware guard Mike Slattery said. "They played much better than we did, but, top to bottom, I don't think they're much better than us."

    Delaware kept close early as the Hawks had their worst shooting half (28 percent) of the season, going 7-for-25.

    Saint Joseph's went just over 9 minutes without a field goal, scoring all its points from the free throw line and led 29-25 at halftime. The Hawks was 14-of-19 from the free throw line in the first half to 5-for-6 for Delaware.

    Nelson, a preseason All-American, had one of his worst halves of the year with five turnovers and only four points on 2-for-8 shooting in the opening 20 minutes.

    "He's trying to respond to the physical way he's being guarded by going at warp speed instead of going at a more controlled speed," Martelli said.

    Delaware has lost all 13 games against Top Ten teams and is 0-24 against Top 25 teams. Saint Joe's was the first Top Ten team to play at Delaware since Ralph Sampson and No. 3 Virginia in 1981.

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