Charlie Brown, Jr., scored 19 of his game-high 21 points in the second half as Saint Joseph’s (2-0) pulled away from Monmouth, 78-63, at Hagan Arena for its second win. Lamarr Kimble added 19 points and redshirt sophomore Lorenzo Edwards scored a career-high 11 points.
After playing just five first-half minutes after picking up two fouls, Brown scored eight straight to open the second half, giving SJU a 37-25 lead. That started a 14-5 run for the Hawks which saw them gain a 43-28 advantage in the first four minutes.
Another 8-0 run by SJU, which included a three-point play from Brown, gave the Hawks a 19-point margin, 55-36, their biggest of the game at 11:26. Monmouth would come no closer than 13 points the rest of the way.
"That's what [Charlie Brown, Jr.] can do. He can score baskets. The put-back on an air ball was a big play. You have a guy that's going to score 21 points in 23 minutes; he did that in one of our scrimmages, so we know that. But we have to have balanced play in order for him to be a featured player,” said SJU head coach Phil Martelli.
The Hawks shot poorly in the first half, hitting just 28 percent from the field, but led by as many as nine. Monmouth cut it to 25-23, but Anthony Longpré and Kimble finished out the half, giving SJU a 29-23 edge at intermission.
Edwards converted 5-of-7 from the field in 15 minutes, his first game action of the season. Kimble made 8-of-10 from the foul line for SJU and grabbed six rebounds while Pierfrancesco Oliva handed out five assists and had a team-high 10 rebounds, for his second straight game with double-figure boards.
Saint Joseph’s committed only six turnovers in the win, while forcing 15 by Monmouth.
Monmouth (0-3) was led by Ray Salnave with 14 points. Mustapha Traore and Deion Hammond had 12 points apiece.
"We had six turnovers, but we didn't make our lay-ups and we didn't shoot well form the foul line, 15-of-22 . . . We had some great possessions defensively, jump-switching and doing the things we had to do,” said Martelli. “Look, winning always beats the alternative. Nobody can have it back. We're not apologizing. We're getting on a plane tomorrow 2-0 and we're getting ready to play in a big-time tournament in a setting where you have to chase greatness every day; you have to chase championships every day with this group."
The Hawks head to the Myrtle Beach Invitational for three games, starting with a matchup against Wake Forest (1-0) on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. (ESPNU).
• The Hawks have won both games this year by a 15-point margin
• Brown has scored 20-points in both games this season
• It's the first 2-0 start for SJU since the 2016-17 team went 3-0
• Anthony Longpré and Taylor Funk each grabbed eight rebounds for SJU, which held a 43-29 advantage on the boards
• Although SJU connected on just 11-of-39 (28%) from the field in the second half, the Hawks heated up in the second to convert 58 percent