Saint Joseph’s 75, Richmond 59
PHILADELPHIA (AP)—Jameer Nelson had 25 points and Delonte West added 12, all in the first half, as Saint Joseph’s defeated Richmond 75-59 Saturday.
West, the Hawks’ leading scorer averaging 18.8 points per game, aggravated the stress fracture in his right fibula and left the game late in the first.
Nelson was 9-for-14 from the field and Pat Carroll had 10 points for Saint Joseph’s (21-4, 11-3 Atlantic 10), which has won three in a row and seven of its last eight.
Jamaal Scott had 16 points to lead Richmond (13-12, 7-7), which has lost six of its last seven.
A fastbreak layup and foul shot by West capped a 13-3 run to give the Hawks a 28-15 lead in the first half. They held a 37-25 advantage at the break with Nelson and West each scoring 12.
Saint Joseph’s extended the lead in the second half and back-to-back 3-pointers by Nelson made it 55-36 with 12:13 remaining. The Spiders were unable to get closer than 14.
Both coaches, Richmond’s Jerry Wainwright and Saint Joseph’s Phil Martelli, wore white bow ties on their lapels in honor of longtime Mount St. Mary’s coach Jim Phelan who coached his final game on Saturday.
At halftime, Saint Joseph’s retired the number 44 in honor of Mike Bantom, a former Hawk and NBA player who was on the United States Olympic team which lost in the gold medal game to the Soviet Union in 1972.