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Updated: Saturday, January 24, 2004 10:45 PM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL RECAP
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(3) Saint Josephs 114, St Bonaventure 63

OLEAN, New York (Ticker) -- Marques Green entered the game as the Atlantic 10 Conference's top scorer, but it took only 20 minutes for Jameer Nelson to show him who is the league's best player.

Nelson scored all of his 19 points in the first half as third-ranked St. Joseph's remained unbeaten with its 17th straight victory, a record-setting 114-63 rout of St. Bonaventure.

Green came in averaging 24.2 points per game and St. Bonaventure (6-10, 2-3 A-10 East) had won two straight entering this matchup at the Reilly Center, considered one of college basketball's most difficult venues. The Bonnies had a 6-1 home mark and a capacity crowd at their disposal.

Nelson, who made all six of his shots, quickly quieted the fans with 12 points as St. Joseph's (17-0, 7-0) bolted to a 23-5 lead. The onslaught continued and grew to 62-27 at halftime.

"It's just us rolling downhill," St. Joseph's coach Phil Martelli said. "It's passing, it's 3-pointers and it's the defense."

St. Joseph's rested Nelson and Delonte West, who scored 21 points, for most of the second half with the outcome decided. Even with their reserves, the Hawks posted their most lopsided victory in the series.

The all-time school record came in a 118-53 rout of Susquehanna on December 14, 1966.

"It was certainly St. Joe's night," said Bonnies coach Anthony Solomon, hired to rebuild the program after last season's scandal. "They are an excellent basketball team in all aspects of the game. They really executed tonight and proved why they are ranked No. 3 in the nation."

Green netted 12 points on 3-of-16 shooting for the Bonnies, who have lost seven straight to the Hawks but none worse than this one. They finished at 28 percent (21-of-76).

"They had a hand in my face on every shot, but I just didn't make shots," Green said. "I knew (St. Joseph's) was good, just not this good."

Nelson drained all four 3-pointers and Pat Carroll was 5-of-6 from the arc, where St. Joseph's fell one shy of a school record by draining 17-of-26 attempts. The Hawks shot 66 percent (37-of-56) from the floor.

Despite the lopsided score, the fans stayed on Martelli and the Hawks throughout and stayed for most of the game. Perhaps they had nowhere better to go with temperatures in Olean hovering around zero.


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