Minutemen Fall At No. 3 Saint Joseph's
Jan 21, 2004
By DAN GELSTON
PHILADELPHIA - Pat Carroll scored a season-high 20 points, helping No. 3 Saint Joseph's match the longest winning streak in school history with a 92-67 victory over Massachusetts on Wednesday night.
Delonte West added 19 points and Jameer Nelson 13 for the Hawks, who are 16-0 (6-0 Atlantic 10) for the first time ever and matched the winning streak set by the 1964-65 team coached by Jack Ramsay.
The Hawks, who have their highest ranking in the polls since they were No. 3 in 1966, can break the record Saturday with a victory at St. Bonaventure.
While the Hawks kept their perfect streak alive, West lost his.
West was coming off a 12-for-12, 3-for-3 from 3-point range and 6-for-6 from the free throw line effort in a win Saturday at Xavier. Against UMass, West made his first seven shots from the field - including two 3s - before missing a 3-point attempt 6? minutes into the second half.
It was his first miss since his final shot against Fordham on Jan. 13.
The Hawks celebrated their No. 3 ranking with - what else? - 3s. They hit five straight to open the game, getting three from Carroll, and one each from West and Nelson.
Carroll added two more 3s for 17 points in the half and the Hawks went 9-for-18 from 3-point range in taking a 50-23 lead.
UMass (5-11, 0-5) failed to score until nearly 5 minutes into the game and got its first field goal 6:18 into the first half on a 3-pointer by Anthony Anderson. The Minutemen missed 18 of their first 21 attempts and shot 21 percent in the half.
The only clunker in the half for the Hawks came when West missed a free throw, snapping a team-record streak of 30 straight.
Nelson took only five shots - with six assists - in the first half, but hit two 3s and converted a steal into a layup in the first 2? minutes of the second.
Rashaun Freeman had 17 points for UMass, which lost its seventh straight.
How hot were the Hawks? Even a student scored, swishing a halfcourt shot during a promotion that won him free books for a semester. He flapped his arms and ran around the court in a figure eight like Saint Joe's Hawk mascot.
Only the 1995-96 UMass team got off a better start in the Atlantic 10, winning its first 26 games.
The 1964-1965 Saint Joe's team won 16 straight from Jan. 7 to March 8. That team also had a 10-game winning streak from Dec. 1 to Dec. 29.
UMass men's basketball returns to action this Saturday, Jan. 24 as its hosts Temple at the Mullins Center. Tip off the slated for 2:00 p.m. as the game will be televised on ESPN2.
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