BRONX, New York (Ticker) -- Add another milestone in a special season for Saint Joseph's.
Jameer Nelson and fellow senior Tyrone Barley became the winningest teammates in school history as the second-ranked Hawks routed Fordham, 72-54, for their 23rd straight victory before a sellout crowd at the Rose Hill Gym.
"I told Tyrone I wouldn't have wanted to do my four years with anybody other than him because he helped me out so much throughout my career and hopefully he could say the same thing about me," said Nelson, who is 91-26 at Saint Joseph's.
Nelson scored 18 points and Delonte West added 16 for the Hawks, who matched the 1981-82 West Virginia team for the second-longest winning streak in Atlantic 10 Conference history. Saint Joseph's (23-0, 12-0 A-10 East) is approaching the conference record of 26 straight wins set by Massachusetts in the 1995-96 campaign.
"I'm delighted for Jameer and Tyrone," Hawks coach Phil Martelli said. "They will be told there's another number out there. Should you win nine more games that would give you 100."
The Hawks, who clinched the East Division title, are four games away from completing an undefeated regular season. They face Temple on Saturday at the Palestra, then play at Massachusetts and Rhode Island before hosting St. Bonaventure in their regular season finale.
"Anything is possible when we step on the court," Nelson added. "We believe we're going to win. We understand that we want to win and we don't want to go through the pain of a loss. I think we define the word team better than anybody in the country."
Nelson is on the verge of becoming St. Joseph's all-time leading scorer, needing just 89 points to break the school mark of 1,985 set by Bernard Blunt in the early 1990s.
"We got one thing straight that I do know who's the best guard in the country, for sure," Fordham coach Dereck Whittenburg said. "He's a terrific kid. He runs the team. He is a great player. I've seen a lot of good basketball. That kid is special."
Michael Haynes scored 24 points for the Rams (4-18, 1-10), who suffered a 79-35 loss to Saint Joseph's in Philadelphia on January 13.
Fordham kept it close for most of the first half, only trailing 21-19 with 7:33 remaining. But the Hawks broke it open with a 33-4 burst that extended into the second half.
Saint Joseph's ended the first half with a 16-2 run, then opened the second half with a 17-2 spurt to build a 54-23 cushion. The Hawks led by as many as 33 on two occasions in the second half.
The Hawks posted their ninth straight win victory over Fordham and have won 15 of their last 17 in the series.