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Hawks Rally To Beat Jayhawks, 70-67
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  12/06/2005

Dec. 6, 2005

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NEW YORK (AP) - Chet Stachitas matched his best scoring game with 27 points on a career-high six 3-pointers to lead Saint Joseph's to a 70-67 victory over Kansas on Tuesday night in the Jimmy V Classic.

The senior forward made four 3-pointers in as many attempts over the game's final 14:27, but it was his free throw with 17 seconds to go that gave the Hawks (4-1) a 70-67 lead. Micah Downs of Kansas (3-4) let a 3-point attempt go from just in front of the Jayhawks bench with 5 seconds to go but it bounced off the rim, and Saint Joseph's grabbed the rebound.

Stachitas, who had 27 points last season against Cal-Davis, was 6-for-7 from 3-point range and the Hawks finished 10-for-21 from beyond the arc, 6-for-9 in the second half. He entered the game shooting 62.5 percent (10-for-16) on 3s.

Dwayne Lee added 13 points and seven assists for Saint Joseph's, while Ahmed Nivins had 11 points.

Freshmen Brandon Rush and Julian Wright each had 13 points for Kansas, which went 6-for-19 from the free throw line. Rush missed two with 4:47 left and the Jayhawks down 63-62, and Sasha Kaun missed two with 3:48 to go and the Hawks leading 66-62.

Kaun, Kansas' leading scorer at 14.5 points per game, finished with two and only took two shots.

Kansas opened with a 17-4 run and was up 32-20 with 2:27 left in the first half when Wright made one of two free throws.

Stachitas had a 3 in the Hawks' 11-2 run that got them within 34-31 at halftime.

Saint Joseph's opened the second half with a 9-3 run, during which it took the lead for the first time.

Mario Chalmers scored on a fast break dunk to give Kansas its final lead, 62-61 with 6:19 left.

Nivins scored down low and Stachitas hit the last of his 3-pointers with 4:19 to go and the Hawks had the lead for good.

The doubleheader at Madison Square Garden raises money for the V Foundation which was started in the memory of Jim Valvano, the former coach at North Carolina State, and provides funding for cancer research.