BROOKLYN, N.Y. - A late 10-0 run by Davidson gave the second-seeded Wildcats a 70-60 victory over 10th-seeded Saint Joseph’s in the Atlantic 10 quarterfinals at the Barclays Center.
With the score tied, 60-60, with 2:21 to play, Jon-Axel Gudmunsson scored eight consecutive points to help Davidson pull away and secure the win.
Charlie Brown, Jr., led Saint Joseph’s with 16 points and 12 rebounds and also scored his 1,000th career point. Lamarr Kimble scored 15 points, with 10 in the second half, and senior Chris Clover tallied 12 for the Hawks, who end their season at 14-19.
Brown became the 56th Saint Joseph’s player to surpass 1,000 points for his career when he scored his 10th point on a pair of free throws with under a minute to go in the first half. He is the fifth player in school history to reach the milestone in just his second season joining Clifford Anderson, Mike Bantom, Bernard Blunt and Marvin O’Connor.
Gudmunsson, the A-10 Player of the Year, had 18 points, 11 rebounds and six assists for Davidson (24-8). Kellan Grady scored 18 and Luka Brajkovic scored 15.
Davidson led for most of the second half, with the biggest margin being seven points. Trailing 52-48, the Hawks used an 8-0 run, with four from Kimble, to take their first lead of the second half, 54-52, on a drive by Bynum at 6:07. SJU went up by 56-52, but that would be its last lead of the game as the Wildcats went up 60-56. A basket by Taylor Funk and free throws by Brown tied the game at 60-60.
"The people that regularly follow know it's always the same with me. It's a numeric game, and it's not shooting percentages, but it's the other numbers. The numbers scream at you. So we had 11 turnovers and we just don't turn the ball over like that. And they had 17 offensive rebounds; they don't offensive rebound like that," said head coach Phil Martelli. "These guys were really tight over this stretch of time, and they (Charlie Brown, Chris Clover) just talked about playing till you're exhausted and that's what I think every guy that played for us played till they were exhausted. We just didn't play well enough."
Davidson shot 61.5 percent (16-for-26) from the field in the second half, while the Hawks were 14-for-29. SJU was just 2-of-19 from three-point range in the game.
SJU opened the game with a 9-2 start, but saw Davidson tie it up with a 7-0 run as the Hawks went scoreless for six minutes. Davidson held a 27-26 lead at halftime as both teams struggled from the field. The Hawks were 9-of-32 and just 1-of-12 from three-point range, with Davidson connecting on 10-of-37 and 1-of-11 from behind the arc.
"This group of guys, we gave everything we had every day. I mean, whether it's practice, film, walk-throughs, anything like that, we're all in or none at all. It's tough losing, but we gave it our all. We gave it all we had," said Brown, who finished the season averaging 19.1 points per game.