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St. Joe’s remains unbeaten

February 8, 2004

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— Saint Joseph's won't celebrate its latest victory for long. Someone scrawled on the chalkboard in the locker room the scores of Dayton's two wins against the Hawks last season.

Up next for the Hawks? The Flyers on Wednesday.

"I'm going to enjoy this until the middle of the night, then I'll start thinking about Dayton," coach Phil Martelli said.

The Hawks extended their school-record winning streak to 20 games Saturday, routing La Salle 89-63 behind 22 points from Delonte West and 20 from Jameer Nelson.

The third-ranked Hawks (20-0, 9-0 Atlantic 10) and No. 2 Stanford (20-0) remain the only unbeaten teams in Division One.

"We know Dayton's a good team and we'll start thinking about them tomorrow," Nelson said. "Nobody in here is getting ahead of themselves. That's how we keep winning, by only focusing on the next game."

Saint Joseph's has seven regular-season games left, all against A-10 opponents, and only three more games against teams with winning records. The Hawks play host to Dayton (18-3, 8-0), with two more games left against Rhode Island.

Dayton plays today at Massachusetts (9-11, 3-5). The Flyers beat the Hawks 65-55 and 76-73 last season.

"I keep hearing we'll finish the regular season undefeated," West said. "We've still got Temple again, we've got Dayton. None of these guys are going to say Saint Joe's coming, so we might as well write that one down as a loss."

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