BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Charlie Brown, Jr., scored a game-high 28 points to lead 10th-seeded Saint Joseph’s to a 92-86 win over seventh-seeded Duquesne in the Atlantic 10 Second Round at the Barclays Center. The Hawks advance to play second-seeded Davidson in the Quarterfinals on Friday at 6 p.m.
Brown connected on 10-of-14 from the field and had a team-high eight rebounds. Freshman Jared Bynum scored 16 points, and went 9-for-10 from the foul line, while senior Chris Clover had 15 points for SJU (14-18).
The game featured six lead changes and seven ties but the Hawks forged ahead in the final four minutes with a 9-0 run that gave them an 84-74 lead. The Dukes cut it to 89-84 at :55, but Brown sealed it with a pair of free throws at :33, as he was 4-for-4 from the line in the final minute.
“Well, right away, the six turnovers, it was sensational. I thought the balance of our team, Fresh (Kimble) hit a big shot. Charlie, early. Jared, when it got rocky in the beginning, we were down 10 seven minutes into the game,” said head coach Phil Martelli. “It sounds crazy, but to give up 86 points, our defense was really good and guys that you don't really expect to be defenders gave us everything that they had."
“There was a little bit of panic early. Everybody wanted to have a suggestion, but that was because they wanted to play Friday. That's all we've talked about is playing Friday, and I'm happy for the players,” stated the coach.
Saint Joseph’s owned a 49-43 halftime lead but Duquesne opened the second half with a 7-0 run to take a brief 50-49 advantage. The teams traded leads and the Dukes went ahead, 61-59, on a three-pointer by Lamar Norman. But that would be Duquesne’s final lead of the game as Clover scored five straight points and Brown followed with a three-point play to put the Hawks up 67-61 midway through the second half.
“We picked the shots we wanted to, the people we wanted to get shots - they got shots and they made shots. We came down the stretch and in the second half, we did the same thing, like coach said, we can pick any shot we want and we've just got to be confident and knock it in,” said Brown, who notched his 14th game of the year with 20-plus points.
“It was just playing through the offensive flow of the game, wasn't really trying to force anything. All my teammates and my coaches keep telling me, play your game, play downhill,” said Bynum. “When I realized they couldn't stop me going downhill, I wanted to get in the lane and make a play, whether that was finishing, a free throw, finding an open man, whatever it was. At the end of the day, it ended up being something positive.”
At the start, Duquesne hit seven of their first eight shots and jumped out to a 17-8 lead. Trailing by as much as 10, the Hawks pulled to within 27-24 on Troy Holston's second three-pointer.
Down 41-38, the Hawks closed out the first half with an 11-2 run to take a 49-43 lead at halftime. Bynum had eight points in the spurt and went 8-for-8 from the line in the half.
SJU shot 47.5 percent in the game and committed just six turnovers, while forcing Duquesne into 10.
Saint Joseph’s now owns an 8-2 record in A-10 Championship play at the Barclays Center. The Hawks won the 2014 and 2016 conference titles in the arena.