BRONX, N.Y. - Saint Joseph’s used a 23-0 run in the second half to overcome a 16-point deficit and defeat Fordham, 66-52, in Atlantic 10 action at Rose Hill Gym. Lorenzo Edwards paced the comeback by scoring 12 points in the spurt, which took place over a span of 7:42 and brought SJU back from a 39-23 deficit.
The Hawks connected on 9-of-13 from the field during the run, while Fordham (11-17; 2-13 A-10) missed 11 shots.
Charlie Brown, Jr., led Saint Joseph’s (12-16; 5-10) with a game-high 20 points, and added eight rebounds and three blocks, while Edwards scored 18 points on 7-for-13 shooting and grabbed a personal-best 11 rebounds for his first career double-double. Lamarr Kimble added 14 points, with 13 in the second half, and five assists as the Hawks snapped a three-game losing streak.
Edwards started the run with a jumper at 17:14 and scored five consecutive points to give SJU the lead it wouldn't relinquish, 42-39, at 11:31.
The Hawks opened the game missing their first eight three-point attempts to fall behind and Fordham used a 13-0 run late in the first half to build up a 31-16 lead. The home team owned a 34-23 lead at halftime as SJU was just 1-for-16 from three-point range and 8-for-32 from the field.
Saint Joseph’s finished the game hitting 55.6 percent in the second half while holding Fordham to 18.2 percent from the field.
"The reaction to that hangover from Saturday (at UMass) where we had a big lead and lost it at the end, was a tribute to their togetherness. Obviously by our record, we haven’t played good basketball all year, but we haven’t fallen apart. Playing four small guys was out of urgency. The defense in that 23-0 run was very significant," said head coach Phil Martelli.
The Hawks return home to host La Salle on Saturday in a 5 p.m. start for “Senior Day” in which SJU’s seniors will be honored in a pre-game ceremony.