RICHMOND, Virginia (Ticker) -- Jameer Nelson was on target again for St. Joseph's.
Nelson continued his recent tear with a season-high 32 points as the ninth-ranked Hawks extended their season-opening winning streak to 12 games with a 71-60 Atlantic 10 Conference victory over Richmond.
Nelson made 10-of-15 shots for 29 points Saturday as St. Joseph's captured its conference opener against George Washington. The senior guard put the team on his back again with five 3-pointers and was 9-of-14 from the floor, helping the Hawks (12-0, 2-0 A-10 East) continue the best start in school history.
After spotting Richmond (8-6, 1-1 West) a 4-0 lead, St. Joseph's scored the next nine points to take control. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Nelson gave the Hawks their first double-digit advantage, 26-15, near the midway point of the half.
The Hawks led by as many as 22 points and survived a stretch of more than five minutes without a basket late in the game. The Spiders crawled as close as eight points in the second half.
St. Joseph's, the conference's leader in 3-point percentage, was 10-of-29 from the arc behind Nelson's strong performance. Richmond was only 1-of-10.
Pat Carroll and Delonte West each chipped in with 13 points and Dwayne Jones collected 10, 15 rebounds and three blocks. St. Joseph's shot 50 percent (16-of-32) in the first half against the best defense in the Atlantic 10.
Tony Dobbins collected 17 points, 11 rebounds and five steals to lead Richmond, which had a three-game winning streak stopped. Reserve Gaston Moliva added 15 points on 7-of-8 shooting.
The Hawks won by double figures for the seventh time this season.