PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- Jameer Nelson and his teammates earned themselves a little peace and quite with a rout in their home opener.
Nelson scored 12 of his 18 points in a dominant first half as No. 14 St. Joseph's crushed San Francisco, 84-52, in its home opener at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse.
The senior guard had seven points in a game-opening 16-2 run. After a basket by the Dons, the Hawks scored 13 straight points, with Dwayne Jones tallying six, to take a 29-4 lead with 8:55 remaining in the first half.
"We were tired of getting barked at (by coach Phil Martelli)," Nelson said. "We were tired of not playing up to our potential. It started from yesterday's practice.
The Hawks made 12 of their first 18 shots and never looked back. They took a 34-14 lead en route to a 46-18 halftime cushion.
Nelson did not let up in the second half as he made a spectacular three-quarter length of the floor bounce pass to Delonte West with 14:41 left to make it 58-24.
"That was probably the flashiest pass I'll ever make," Nelson said.
St. Joseph's biggest lead of the game was 75-34 with 6:17 left after Dwayne Lee's layup.
Jones notched 11 points before halftime and the sophomore finished with a career-high 13 and eight assists. He came in averaging five points a game.
"I just tried to live up to my potential," Jones said. "I wasn't really sure what my offense would be. Whenever I got (the ball), I just made the most of my opportunities. We just played a good overall game today."
Chet Stachitas and West also had 13 and Pat Carroll added 11 for St. Joseph's (4-0), which improved to 30-3 in its last 33 home games. The Hawks have won six straight and 14 of the last 15 home openers.
"Sometimes, when you come home, you fall into a trap," Martelli said. "Guys play for girlfriends, family and so forth. But with all the energy in the building and jumping out to a 10-0 lead, that makes it tough on the other team."
The Hawks shot 44 percent (11-of-25) from 3-point range.
James Bayless led the Dons (3-4) with 16 points and seven rebounds. San Francisco, which was coming off Sunday's dramatic 74-72 victory at Delaware, committed 24 turnovers.
"We played well in Delaware Sunday, but we did not play well tonight," Dons coach Phil Mathews said. "We turned the ball over 24 times, didn't shoot it well. Give credit to them, they are an excellent team."
San Francisco made the trip east to setup a homecoming to Philadelphia for guard John Cox, who missed his sixth straight game due to a knee injury.