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St. Joseph's start bests Dr. Jack's mark

1/3/2004

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.

The Hawks (11-0) broke the record set by Jack Ramsay's 1964-65
team. That squad went on to set the school record for consecutive
wins later in the season with 16.

Saint Joseph's won its first 11 games during the 1914-15 season,
but that mark is not official because the games were mostly against
high school and club teams.

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.

Nelson went 10-for-15 from the floor and the Hawks shot 64
percent overall. They shot 17-for-23 in the second half.

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 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.

Nelson added two more highlight plays to help maintain a
double-digit lead, first confusing T.J. Thompson on a crossover and
pulling up for a 15-footer, then taking a bounce pass down the lane
for an easy layup.

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.