PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- Delonte West and Jameer Nelson are making this look routine.
West and Nelson again had big games as third-ranked Saint Joseph's remained unbeaten with an 89-63 rout of La Salle in an Atlantic 10 Conference mismatch.
Among the nation's best backcourts, West and Nelson have St. Joseph's thinking of a perfect regular season, something that has not been accomplished since Nevada-Las Vegas in 1990-91.
West and Nelson had little problem helping the Hawks (20-0, 9-0 Atlantic 10 East) remain unbeaten. West scored 17 of his 22 points in the first half and Nelson 12 of his 20 in the opening 20 minutes, helping the Hawks build a 46-32 lead.
"The dynamic duo (West and Nelson) obviously got us today," La Salle coach Billy Hahn said. "It's so hard to contain those guys. I think they're as good as any backcourt I've seen along the way. They present so many problems. Those two guys are at another level. How many people have two NBA backcourt guys?"
"For a coach to make a statement like that, that speaks volumes," West said. "I definitely take it as a compliment."
The second half was nothing more than a glorified scrimmage for the Hawks, who have won their last five games by an average of 24.2 points. Of the Hawks' seven remaining games, just three are against teams with winning records.
"The numbers are the numbers, but the number for this week is three of our seven losses (from last year) are coming up," St. Joseph's coach Phil Martelli said. "We lost to Dayton twice and we lost to Rhode Island."
St. Joseph's and No. 2 Stanford, which beat Arizona on Saturday, are the nation's lone unbeaten teams.
Chet Stachitas added 10 points for the Hawks, who reached 20 wins for the third time in the last four seasons.
Steven Smith scored 24 points to lead La Salle (8-13, 3-5), which lost for the sixth time in seven games.
West and Nelson were on from the start, combining to score the Hawks' first 19 points. But the contest was still tied with just over eight minutes left before intermission.
In the first half, West became the 42nd player in school history to surpass 1,000 points. He went 7-of-10 from the field in the first half and 9-of-13 overall.
But Pat Carroll drilled a 3-pointer and Nelson made two foul shots, triggering a 13-2 run that provided a 32-21 lead with 4:31 left in the half.
After the Explorers battled back within 34-29, the Hawks closed the half with a 12-3 run, capped by Carroll's four-point play with 3.8 seconds left.
The Hawks shot 59 percent (16-of-27) in the first half and 57 percent (29-of-51) overall. They also made seven 3-pointers and went 24-of-34 at the line.