PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- Delonte West scored 27 points and Jameer Nelson became the school's all-time assist leader as 15th-ranked St. Joseph's defeated Boston College, 67-57, in a battle of unbeatens.
West, who also grabbed nine rebounds, soared over two defenders to tip in a miss of Nelson's 3-point attempt and give the Hawks (6-0) their biggest lead, 55-39, with 8:48 remaining.
"I guess I'm the silent assassin," West said. "Sometimes, I got to step up and take shots."
Nelson was held to 13 points - six below his average - on 4-of-16 shooting, but handed out seven assists to raise his career total to 584. He broke Rap Curry's previous school mark of 580.
"His distribution of the ball is just extraordinary," St Josephs coach Phil Martelli said. "He knows what his team needs and puts the ball where it has to be. The only number he cares about is, 'Did we have more points than they did?'"
Nelson's record-breaking assist began a key stretch for the Hawks. After Boston College (5-1) cut a 14-point first-half deficit to 47-39, Nelson fed Tyrone Barley for a layup with 11:27 left that started an 8-0 spurt.
"Records are set to be broken," Nelson said. "I just want to say thanks for everybody supporting me ... a guy like Rap, who's very special to the St. Joe's community, this program."
Jared Dudley paced the Eagles with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
St. Joseph's took control with a 15-4 spurt late in the first half, turning a three-point lead into a 34-20 cushion on Pat Carroll's two free throws with 1:52 remaining.
But Boston College went nearly 11 minutes without a field goal during one stretch of the second half, allowing Saint Joseph's to pull away.
The Eagles shot just 38 percent (17-of-45) from the field and did not make a 3-pointer until the final minute. They also shot under 65 percent from the foul line (22-of-34).
"Anytime you're on the road, you can't miss free throws and miss layups," Boston College coach Al Skinner said. "Those are opportunites, not a lot of them are coming."