Red and Blue Fall to Saint Joseph's, 78-61
Jan. 10, 2004
Jameer Nelson scored 19 of his 21 points in the first half to help No. 9 (AP) Saint Joseph's to an insurmountable 47-22 lead in a 78-61 Hawks win over Duquesne at the Palumbo Center.
Duquesne trailed 21-15 when Nelson took over, scoring 14 over the final 6:39 to give the Hawks a 25-point halftime lead. Nelson hit all four of his 3-pointers over the span to propel Saint Joseph's to its 13th victory without a loss on the season. Elijah Palmer scored 14 points for the Dukes, who missed 14 of their first 18 shots of the game. Delonte West added 20 points for Saint Joseph's.
Duquesne rallied to shoot 58 percent in the second half, but it was too little, too late as Nelson's first half heroics were too much to overcome. Bryant McAllister finished with 11 points and Jack Higgins scored all 10 of his points in the second half for the Dukes. Saint Joseph's, which shot 47.3 percent from the field, converted 12-of-28 from the 3-point arc, while Duquesne managed to convert just 5-of-20 3-point attempts.
Duquesne, which shot 71 percent in the second half of its previous game (vs. Ohio), missed 15 of its first 20 shots in shooting 25 percent in the first half ... DU's 25-point halftime deficit was its largest of the season ... Palmer (7-of-12 from the field) added 3 steals and 2 blocks to go along with his team-high 14 points ... point guard Martin Osimani had 5 assists and 7 turnovers in 29 minutes ... he did not score ... Jimmy Tricco (3-of-11) and Ron Dokes (1-of-4) were a combined 4-of-15 from the field ... DU turned it over 10 times in the first half ... six different Saint Joseph's players hit at least one 3-pointer.
Duquesne head coach Danny Nee:
Duquesne sophomore guard Bryant McAllister
On the play of Jameer Nelson:
On the game in general: