PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- Pat Carroll quickly shot the lights out of Massachusetts.
Carroll scored 17 of his 20 points in the first half to lead third-ranked Saint Joseph's to a predictable 92-67 rout of Massachusetts in an Atlantic 10 Conference mismatch.
Continuing their best start, the Hawks (16-0, 6-0 A-10 East) tied a school record with their 16th consecutive victory. St. Joseph's last won 16 in a row in the 1964-65 season from January 7-March 8.
"The 16 wins is significant when you think of the people that have played here and coached here," St. Joseph's coach Phil Martelli said. "I will reinforce the point in preparation for our next game against St. Bonaventure, that it is okay to want that record for yourself."
Cincinnati's loss to Louisville later Wednesday left second-ranked Stanford (14-0) and St. Joseph's as the only remaining unbeaten teams.
As expected, this one was over early. Carroll made sure of that, drilling three 3-pointers in the first 4 1/2 minutes while Jameer Nelson and Delonte West added one apiece from behind the arc as St. Joseph's raced to a 15-0 lead.
"Four minutes into the game and it's 15-0," said Massachusetts coach Steve Lappas, whose job is rumored to be in jeopardy. "You got no choice but to stem the tide and we couldn't stem the tide."
Massachusetts (5-11, 0-5) did not score until freshman Art Bowers made a free throw 4:45 into the game. After jumpers by Dwayne Jones and West increased the lead to 19-1, Anthony Anderson made the first basket for the Minutemen with a 3-pointer 5:32 into the game.
Carroll, who led the A-10 in 3-point accuracy last season at 45 percent, drilled his fourth and fifth 3-pointers of the first half to increase the advantage to 31-9 with 7:03 left in the half.
"It was nice to finally come out and hit a couple of shots early," Carroll said. "For a shooter's confidence, it's important to hit your first couple of shots."
St. Joseph's built its biggest lead at 72-31 with 13:35 remaining. Carroll added another 3-pointer in the second half to finish 6-of-7 from beyond the arc.
West finished with 19 points on 7-of-8 shooting after converting all 12 of his shots in last Saturday's 81-73 victory over Xavier. Nelson added 13 points, seven assists and four steals.
Rashaun Freeman, who has already been selected as an A-10 Rookie of the Week four times, led Massachusetts with 17 points and 12 rebounds for his seventh double-double.