Senior Chris Clover connected on a three-pointer with 59 seconds to play, and scored a season-high 18 points, to lead Saint Joseph’s to a 61-60 win over first-place Davidson (12-5; 3-1 A-10) in Atlantic 10 action at Hagan Arena. The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Hawks (8-9; 1-4 A-10) and marked their first conference win of the year.
With Davidson holding a 60-58 lead with two minutes to go, Clover's shot was the last basket. From there, the teams traded missed shots and missed free throws and Davidson the ball with :26 to play and Kellan Grady, who was guarded by Clover, missed on a jumper at :06. The Wildcats got the ball back and had two more shots in the final six seconds but couldn’t convert.
Clover, starting in place of the injured Lamarr Kimble, shot 6-for-11 from the field and connected on a career-high four three-pointers. Freshman Jared Bynum scored 12 points and handed out a career-high nine assists. Graduate transfer Troy Holston came off the bench to notch double figures for the first time as a Hawk with 11 points, including three three-pointers, while Charlie Brown, Jr., also added 11 for SJU.
Davidson was led by Jon Axel Gudmunsson with 14 points and 12 rebounds while Luke Frampton scored 13. Grady added 11 points for the Wildcats, who saw their three-game winning streak come to an end.
Saint Joseph’s fell behind by seven, 42-35, early in the second half, but scored eight consecutive points, with threes from Brown and Clover, to go up, 43-42. After Saint Joseph’s increased it to 48-44 on a three by Holston, the teams traded leads and ties the rest of the way, with neither squad leading by more than two points.
"That was a good compete. It wasn't always great basketball, but it was a good compete. 10 turnovers in a game . . . That's been my point all year . . . We have to be a 72-to-75-point team by not turning it over. You play a 60-point game and have 10 turnovers, that could have cost us," said Hawk coach Phil Martelli. "There are older guys - Troy Holston, Chris Clover . . . Even Markell [Lodge] gave us some older play. And I have to acknowledge Fresh [Lamarr] Kimble. He was unbelievable yesterday during practice as a captain and at every timeout huddle, he was doing as much encouraging and coaching and talking. But it's a small step when you're down and out and you've been body slammed. We picked ourselves up and took a small step."
Davidson took a quick 14-4 lead to open the game but the Hawks went on a 13-2 run to take their first advantage, 17-16, on a basket by Holston at 7:08.
The Wildcats ran off eight straight points, with five from Gudmunsson, to go back up, 31-23, but Bynum connected on a three at the halftime buzzer to pull SJU within 31-26 at the break.
It marked the first game for the Hawks without Kimble and Pierfrancesco Oliva, who both suffered injuries in Saturday’s game at Duquesne. Kimble is sidelined indefinitely with a fracture in his hand and Oliva is out for the year with a knee injury.
The Hawks have a quick turnaround and go back on the road on Friday for the A-10 ESPN Friday Night Showcase against another undefeated team in league play, Saint Louis, at 7 p.m. (Eastern).