Saint Joseph’s 75, La Salle 53

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PHILADELPHIA (AP)—Jameer Nelson had 18 points, Pat Carroll added 12 and Dwayne Jones had a career-high 14 rebounds as Saint Joseph’s defense smothered La Salle in a 75-53 win on Monday.

Delonte West, Saint Joseph’s leading scorer, played with a stress fracture in his right fibula after missing Saturday’s win over St. Bonaventure and had 10 points on 2-of-13 shooting.

Saint Joseph’s (20-4, 10-3 Atlantic 10), the nation’s leader in field goal percentage defense, held La Salle to just 18-of-70 (26 percent) shooting from the field in the game.

The Hawks have now won six of their last seven and eight of 10.

Gary Neal, who had three straight games of plus-30 points scoring, had just 13 points and David Bell added 11 points and 13 rebounds for the Explorers (10-14, 4-9), who have lost three in a row and six of their last seven.

After La Salle scored six straight points to pull within 12 in the second half, Saint Joseph’s ran off six straight, with a layup by Tyrone Barley making it 55-37 with 10:42 left. The Explorers were unable to get closer than 13.

With the game tied at 22, the Hawks scored 10 in a row and 18 of the last 25 points of the half to take a 40-29 lead at the break. Nelson had 14 points for Saint Joseph’s and Neal scored nine for the Explorers, who were just 8-of-38 (21 percent) from the field in the half.

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