WILLIAMSBURG, VA. - Nathan Knight’s short jumper with 1.7 seconds to go gave William & Mary an 87-85 come-from-behind win over Saint Joseph’s at Kaplan Arena. The loss ruined a career-high 37-point effort by SJU’s Charlie Brown, Jr., as the Hawks evened their record to 3-3.
Knight’s jumper came after William & Mary (2-4) gained the rebound on a good look from the baseline by Brown at :23 that was just off the mark.
Brown scored 23 in the first half, the highest single-half total of his career, hitting 11-of-17 from the field and 11-of-14 from the foul line. His 37 points are the third most in the history of Kaplan Arena and the most since Reggie Williams of VMI set the record with 41 in 2006. It was also tied as the seventh highest single-game scoring total in Saint Joseph's history.
Lamarr Kimble scored 18 points for SJU as he hit 3-of-4 threes, while freshman Jared Bynum scored 12 points and handed out five assists. PIerfrancesco Oliva had a game-high 12 rebounds while Taylor Funk had a career-hight seven assists.
Building on a 49-32 halftime lead, Saint Joseph’s went up by 55-35 in the second half. Trailing 59-44, William & Mary took advantage of three straight Hawk turnovers and pulled within 59-51. The Tribe continued their 21-7 run, which allowed them to take a 72-70 lead on a three-pointer by L.J. Owens with over eight minutes to play.
The home team stretched it to a five-point lead but a three from Kimble and free throws from Brown tied it at 78-78. After William & Mary went ahead again, Brown connected on a three and the free throw to give Saint Joseph’s an 82-80 lead with 2:08 to play. Owens answered with a short jumper for William & Mary and then Kimble converted a three-point play to put SJU ahead, 85-82, at 1:18, in what would be their last lead of the game. The Tribe's Chase Audige then tied it again with a three-pointer at :48.
Saint Joseph’s committed only one turnover in the first half, but had eight in the second half. William & Mary also heated up in the second half shooting 67 percent and 58 percent from three-point range.
“We’re really struggling to find ourselves defensively. Obviously, we’re a good offensive team. But we weren’t sharp on what we wanted to take away from them and then the basket got real big and they shot 68 percent in the second half,” said SJU coach Phil Martelli. “The eight turnovers (in the second half) are really disappointing because we are a skillful team.”
“I don’t have a problem with our shots. In the first half we were a little slow and taking guarded shots, which we don’t have to take. In the second half, we got a little fast in our zone offense instead of just letting it run,” said the coach.
With the score tied at 23-23 in the first half, the Hawks scored 12 straight points to start a 20-6 run that carried them to a 49-32 halftime lead. Brown had 13 points in the run that stretched over the final seven minutes of the half.
Knight tallied 21 for the Tribe, while Audige and Justin Pierce each scored 20 points.
The Hawks will play their first home game in two weeks when they host Illinois at Chicago on Wednesday, November 28 at 7 p.m. The game will be televised in Philadelphia on NBC Sports Philadelphia+, in Chicago on NBC Sports Chicago and nationally on ESPN+.