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    Hawks acheive first undefeated run since '91

    PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- Jameer Nelson sat on the sideline with a towel draped over his head Tuesday night, savoring a perfect end to his home career at St. Joseph's.

    Nelson took his final curtain calls with more than eight minutes to spare as the second-ranked Hawks became the first team in 13 years to complete an unbeaten regular season with an 82-50 Atlantic 10 Conference rout of hapless St. Bonaventure.

    St. Joseph's (27-0, 16-0 A-10 East) became the first team to finish the regular season unblemished since Nevada Las-Vegas in 1991. Top-ranked Stanford can join the Hawks with victories this weekend at Washington State and Washington.

    This night belonged to Nelson, who had his No. 14 retired before the contest and proceeded to score 25 points, grab eight rebounds and hand out six assists. He took his final bows with 8:08 remaining, just five points shy of Bernard Blunt's school record of 1,985 career points.

    The Hawks never trailed in sending the Bonnies (6-20, 2-13) to their 11th straight defeat. St. Joseph's considered moving the game to the Palestra, but Nelson wanted his career to end in tiny Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse, where a rousing crowd began a party that will last well into the night.
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