PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- Jameer Nelson hit four 3-pointers during a 24-4 first-half run as ninth-ranked Saint Joseph's rolled to a 78-61 victory over Duquesne in an Atlantic 10 Conference mismatch.
A preseason All-American point guard, Nelson scored 14 of his 21 points during the burst, starting it with consecutive 3-pointers to increase St. Joseph's lead to 24-15 and ending it with a basket for a 45-19 advantage.
"We already knew how good he was," Duquesne guard Bryant McAllister said. "I knew what to expect, so I wasn't surprised at all. He seems to be shooting the three better; his release is quicker."
The Hawks (13-0, 3-0 A-10 East) went 8-of-18 from behind the arc in the first half, making one more than 3-pointer than Duquesne had baskets (7-of-26).
St. Joseph's, which began the day leading the conference at 38 percent from the arc, finished 12-of-28.
"We were trying to climb back into the game, but they have so many good 3-point shooters, you can't play off them," McAllister said.
Delonte West added 20 points for Saint Joseph's, which moved within three wins of the school-record 16-game winning streak set during the 1964-65 season.
The Hawks also extended their winning streak in the series to seven games.
"We knew coming in how good and talented they were," Duquesne coach Danny Nee said. "They just exude confidence and play at a steady pace."
Elijah Palmer scored 14 points for the Dukes (5-8, 0-2 West), who were just 5-of-19 from the arc.
Duquesne tried to keep pace with St. Joseph's in the first half, but Nelson hit back-to-back 3-pointers and Chet Stachitas followed with another to make it 30-15 with 5:48 left.
After Dukes forward Jimmy Tricco hit from behind the arc, Nelson sandwiched five consecutive points by Tyrone Barley with a pair of 3-pointers and followed two free throws by West with another 3-pointer to make it 45-19.
During the 24-4 run, Duquesne went 1-for-6 from the floor in a span of nearly 5 1/2 minutes.
"I thought the game was decided in the first five or six minutes," Nee said. "In the first half, they showed why they are a top-10 team."
The Hawks led by at least 18 points the rest of the way, building a 73-45 cushion on five straight points by West. He finished the personal surge on a dunk with 7:13 to play.
Nelson and West combined to go 14-of-25 from the field, 6-of-13 from 3-point range. Stachitas chipped in 11 points and Barley added nine for St. Joseph's, which shot 47 percent overall (26-of-55).
"The game was controlled through West's and Nelson's hands," Nee said. "They played at a very efficient level."
McAllister scored 11 points and Jack Higgins added 10 and eight rebounds for Duquesne. Martin Osimani handed out five assists but had seven of the team's 18 turnovers and failed to score.