(8) Texas Tech 65

(23-11, 9-7 Big 12)

(1) Saint Joseph's 70

(29-1, 16-0 A 10)

    5:30 PM ET, March 20, 2004

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    #1JOES 36 3470

    Hawks advance to first Sweet 16 since '97

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Delonte West brought Saint Joseph's back and Jameer Nelson kept the Hawks ahead.

    Now, St. Joe's and its dazzling backcourt are heading to the round of 16 for the first time in seven years.

    West scored 13 of his 15 points in the first half, and Nelson had 14 of his 24 in the second, sparking the Hawks to a 70-65 second-round NCAA Tournament win over Texas Tech on Saturday.

    Dick Vitale's Tourney Take
    What a battle St. Joe's had in holding off Texas Tech, man! The Red Raiders patiently got back into the game after falling behind big, but big plays by Jameer Nelson, Delonte West and John Bryant down the stretch made the difference. The Hawks, normally not a good rebounding team, did a good job keeping Tech off the glass late in the game to prevent second and third-chance shots. Pat Carroll also made some clutch buckets and the kids from Hawk Hill now look forward to a clash with Wake Forest in the next round.
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    West also added eight assists, while Dwayne Jones had 12 rebounds for Saint Joseph's.

    Nelson and West were no surprise. Together they represent one of the nation's best backcourts, averaging a combined 39 points and 10 assists a game this season.

    The Hawks (29-1) continue to prove worthy of their No. 1 seed, and will meet fourth-seeded Wake Forest (21-9) in next week's East Rutherford Regional semifinal.

    Andre Emmett led Texas Tech (23-11) with 18 points. For Red Raiders coach Bob Knight, it marked the second time he's left a Buffalo with a tournament loss.

    Knight coached what proved to be his last game with Indiana when the Hoosiers lost an opening round game 77-57 to Pepperdine in the 2000 tournament.

    Saturday's game was much more compelling, not decided until the final moments.

    Texas Tech erased a seven-point deficit by tying the game at 60 when Emmett hit one of two free throws with 5:09 remaining.

    Pat Carroll responded with a 3-pointer, putting Saint Joseph's ahead for good.

    Nelson followed with a 3-pointer and then hit two free throws on the Hawks' next two possessions, giving Saint Joseph's a 68-62 lead with 75 seconds left.

    The Red Raiders offense went cold, missing six of its last seven attempts, including Jarrius Jackson's awkward 3-point attempt with 10 seconds left.

    Saint Joseph's, coming off Thursday's 82-63 opening-round win over Liberty, was inconsistent early against Texas Tech. Nelson, who scored a season-high 33 points against Liberty, was particularly off, missing five of his first six attempts.

    West picked up the slack with Nelson missing five straight, and the Hawks down 19-12. The shooting guard hit five straight shots and scored 11 points in sparking a 24-2 run.

    After hitting 18- and 8-footers, West put the Hawks up 22-21 with a 3-point basket with 9:45 left in the half. He then capped the run -- in which Saint Joseph's hit eight straight shots -- by completing a strong drive with a layup, giving the Hawks a 36-23 lead.

    The Red Raiders seemed stunned during that eight-minute stretch, missing nine of 10 attempts before Michael Marshall hit a 16-footer to cut the lead to 36-27 with 3:44 left.

    The Red Raiders lost guard Ronald Ross, one of their top defenders, who limped off the court, favoring his right leg seven minutes into the second half. He stayed on the bench before returning with 1:15 remaining.

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