Lamarr Kimble had 18 points and four assists, and Charlie Brown scored 14, but Saint Joseph's couldn't overcome an early deficit and fell to Davidson, 75-60, in Atlantic 10 action at Hagan Arena.
Peyton Aldridge had 31 points and 13 rebounds to lead Davidson (12-8; 5-4 A-10) to its third straight win.
Davidson led from the tip as Aldridge scored 20 points in the first half. He shot 11-for-18 from the field in the game and 7-for-7 from the foul line. Jon Axel Gudmundsson scored 14 points and Will Magarity tallied 13 points on 5-for-8 shooting for the Wildcats.
Brendan Casper had a team-high eight rebounds off the bench for Saint Joseph's (10-11; 3-6 A-10).
Saint Joseph’s trailed by 10 points for most of the second half and finally cut it to single digits on a pair of free throws by Brown with 7:50 to play. The Hawks would come within nine points three more times, but Magarity scored five points in a 6-1 run that built the Wildcats’ lead back up to 16, 72-56, with 1:32 to play and sealed the win.
Aldridge scored seven points in the first seven minutes of the game and the Wildcats owned a 17-8 lead. Saint Joseph’s used a quick spurt to cut it to 20-14, but from there, Davidson went on an 8-2 run to build the lead back up to 28-16. The Wildcats took their biggest lead of the game, 37-20, on a layup by Gibbs at 4:44. The Hawks used three-pointers from Kimble and Brown to trim the deficit to 41-31 at the half.
Davidson made 15-of-28 field goals in the first half, and connected on five three-pointers. The Wildcats’ leading scorer Jack Gibbs (22.7 ppg) was limited to six points in the contest.
In the second half, Saint Joseph’s made only 9-of-30 from the field and was just 1-of-5 from behind the arc.
“This isn’t an excuse, just a fact – James (Demery) has been sick for two days. That's why I yo-yoed him in there a little bit. He was our chance to guard [Peyton] Aldridge. He just didn't have it and didn't do a very good job in the first half anyway,” said SJU coach Phil Martelli. “But it's inexcusable. The layups and the foul shooting is just . . . I've always said missing a layup is not [missing] two points. It hits you like a bat, and we missed seven dead ones.”
“We let two guys go over their scoring averages in Jon Axel (Gudmundsson) and (Will) Magarity. And Aldridge, that's what an All-League player looks like and that's what an All-League player does. We had no answer. We didn't give ourselves a chance. We had two really good days of practice and played a lousy pace game,” said Martelli.
The Hawks close out their three-game homestand on Saturday when they host Fordham at 6 p.m.
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