Red and Blue Fall to Saint Joseph's, 78-61

Jan. 10, 2004

Box Score | Quotes | Notes

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:

"I thought the game was decided in the first five or six minutes. In the first half, they showed why they were a Top 10 team. We knew coming in how good and talented they were. They just exude confidence and play at a steady pace. The game was controlled through [Delonte] West's and [Jameer] Nelson's hands. They played at a very efficient level."

Duquesne sophomore guard Bryant McAllister

On the play of Jameer Nelson:

"We already knew how good he was. I knew what to expect, so I wasn't surprised at all. He seems to be shooting the `three' better," his release is quicker."

On the game in general:

"We were trying to climb back into the game, but they have so many good 3-point shooters you can't play off them. You have to control your man of the dribble and we had difficulty doing that. They were the best we've played so far. They have poise that you see at all times."


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