PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- Chet Stachitas got hot and had the perfect point guard to get him the ball.
Stachitas scored all 14 points in the first half and took advantage of another outstanding performance by Jameer Nelson as No. 15 St. Joseph's remained unbeaten with a 92-70 victory over Drexel at the Palestra.
Nelson dominated play and finished with a season-high 24 points, seven assists and five steals. Although Nelson had no problem scoring, his forte is creating and Stachitas was the beneficiary when the outcome was decided in the first half.
Spotting up and getting open as a result of Nelson's penetration, Stachitas nailed all five shots - four from the arc. Stachitas scored 12 points in a 19-2 run that gave the Hawks a 36-15 advantage with 8:14 left before halftime.
"I was just getting into the open gaps," Stachitas said. "I had some opportunities to step up. I wasn't going to force anything."
St. Joseph's matched its 7-0 start from last season and is three wins shy of matching the start of the 1964-65 squad. The Hawks also posted their 14th straight victory over the Dragons.
"I think we have remarkable confidence," St. Joseph's coach Phil Martelli said. "We play like a very experienced team."
Nelson had 13 points at the break and remained efficient throughout. He combined with backcourt mate Delonte West, who had 20 points and six assists, to outgun the slower Dragons.
"I listen to him all the time, try to do what he says," Nelson said. "We click just like that so it was easy for us to do."
Drexel (2-4) committed 20 turnovers and fell to 0-3 at the Palestra this season. Sean Brooks led the Dragons with 22 points on 9-of-11 shooting.
The Hawks shot 48 percent (13-of-27) from the arc. The 13 3-pointers was a season high and marked the fourth time St. Joseph's has hit 11 or more.
The Dragons made just one run in the second half, pulling within 55-45 on a three-point play by Brooks. Tyrone Barley had five points as St. Joseph's ran off the next nine for a 19-point cushion.
"Unforced turnovers, that was the key to the game." said Drexel coach Bruiser Flint, a St. Joseph's graduate. "They took advantage of our turnovers."
Brooks and Bashir Mason each had six turnovers for Drexel, which shot 52 percent (29-of-55). The Dragons made just 3-of-12 shots from the arc.