CONWAY, S.C. - Lamarr Kimble scored a career-high 31 points but it wasn’t enough as Saint Joseph’s fell to #13 West Virginia, 97-90, in the consolation game of the Myrtle Beach Invitational.
Freshman Jared Bynum added a season-high 16 points and Taylor Funk scored 16 for the Hawks, who fell to 3-2 on the year. Charlie Brown, Jr., had his first game of the year with less than 20 points as he finished with 18, after fouling out with eight minutes remaining.
Kimble shot 10-for-19 from the field and made 9-of-10 free throws to become the first Hawk to notch 30 or more points since Shavar Newkirk at La Salle on Feb. 3, 2018.
Lamont West scored 27 points for West Virginia (2-2).
With the teams tied, 62-62 at 13:25 West Virginia would outscore the Hawks, 20-9, over a six-minute stretch to take its biggest lead to that point, 82-71 with 7:29 to play. The Mountaineers continued to roll and took an 87-73 lead for their biggest of the game.
But the Hawks pulled to within 93-87 with under a minute to play after a three-point play by Kimble, three free throws from Bynum and another pair of free throws by Kimble. WVU’s Wesley Harris converted two free throws at :39 to put the game away.
The teams battled through a first half which saw eight ties and six lead changes. Saint Joseph’s opened the early 24-18 lead making their first five three-point attempts of the game. WVU went on to tie it, 26-26.
SJU’s last lead of the half was 44-43 with 2:45 to play as West Virginia held a 51-49 edge at halftime.
The Hawks were whistled for 25 fouls in the game but made only 17-of-28 of their free throw while West Virginia shot 26-for-33. The teams combined to make 28 three-point field goals in the game, as SJU went 13-for-25 from beyond the arc, led by Brown’s 4-of-4 effort.
Saint Joseph’s gets a short break for the holiday before resuming action with a trip to William & Mary on November 24.