St. Joseph's drills Drexel, improves to 7-0
Posted: Sunday December 14, 2003 2:20PM; Updated: Sunday December 14, 2003 4:15PM
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Chet Stachitas was a forgotten part of Saint Joseph's offense until he came off the bench to turn a close game into a blowout.
Jameer Nelson scored 24 points, Delonte West added 20 and Stachitas had a career-high 14, leading No. 12 Saint Joseph's to a 92-70 victory over Drexel on Sunday.
Stachitas made four 3-pointers for the Hawks (7-0), who used a season-high 13 3-pointers and a 19-2 run in the first half to finish with a season-high point total.
"It was falling, so I just kept going with it," Stachitas said. "I was just doing what the offense was designed to do."
Stachitas was averaging only six points off the bench, but was making 40 percent of his 3-point attempts.
"It's just a matter of time. He always does it in practice," Nelson said. "He's the type of player that comes off the bench and gives you instant offense."
Stachitas had four 3s in a 31/2-minute span in the first half as the Hawks' lead ballooned from three to 21. Nelson also hit a 3 during the run and added a running right-handed layup that bounced high off the glass.
Saint Joe's shot 58 percent in the first half and the Dragons shot 52 percent, but the Hawks made six more 3-pointers.
Drexel (2-4) pulled within 10 points 3 minutes into the second half after a baseline jumper by Tim Whitworth. Nelson answered with a 3-pointer, but Sean Brooks converted a three-point play to make it 55-45. Drexel made nine of its first 11 attempts from the field in the second half.
The Hawks finally put the game away for good after West and Tyrone Barley hit consecutive 3s and Barley converted a turnover into a fastbreak layup for a 63-45 lead.
Drexel coach Bruiser Flint, who left scuff marks up and down the court with his nonstop arguing with the officials, was whistled for a technical and West made one of two free throws.
That made it 64-45 and the Hawks cruised from there.
Sean Brooks scored 22 points and Whitworth had 14 for Drexel, which shot 53 percent.
Nelson also had seven assists and five steals.
Saint Joseph's did continue to struggle inside. The guard-heavy lineup has no legitimate post defender and the Hawks were outrebounded 31-28. The Hawks entered the game getting outrebounded by 10 boards a game,
Flint, a member of Saint Joe's 1985-1986 team that went 26-8, said the Hawks inside game wasn't even something the Dragons worried about.
"I don't want to disrespect, but I think our team was much better," he said of the team he played on. "I think they have to develop more of a post presence. Brooks is only 6-foot-6 and he had 22 and nine. I told him before the game, 'They can't guard you."'
It hardly seemed to matter with the way Saint Joe's was making 3-pointers.
The Hawks were shooting only 36 percent from 3-point range this season and combined for only 10 in their last two games. But they went 8-for-14 in the first half and finished 13-for-27 overall.
Saint Joe's had made 12 3-pointers in a game and scored 84 points against San Francisco.
The Hawks also started 7-0 last year, which was their best start since they won their first 10 in 1964-65.
"We have remarkable confidence and we play like a very, very experienced team," Hawks coach Phil Martelli said. "I'm satisfied with the small lineup, but I think we have to get better and sharper offensively."
Saint Joe's has a 14-game winning streak against Drexel.