Lamarr Kimble scored 22 points, all in the second half, to lead Saint Joseph's (5-4) to a 92-82 win over Princeton (4-3) at Jadwin Gymnasium.
Freshman Jared Bynum had 19 points and six assists for the Hawks, while Taylor Funk scored 16 points. Charlie Brown, Jr., scored 11 points before leaving the game early in the second half with an ankle injury and Markell Lodge came off the bench to record a season-high nine points.
After halftime, the Hawks broke open a 39-36 game, even though Brown left the contest at 18:56. Kimble picked it up from there, scoring 10 of 13 points, to help SJU increase its lead to 53-45. Consecutive three-pointers by Funk and Kimble gave the Hawks their biggest lead of the game, 63-47, at 12:55.
But the Tigers outscored the Hawks, 13-4, to pull within 67-60 at 8:32 and then cut the deficit to just six, 72-66, with 6:03 remaining. Kimble grabbed a steal and got the ball to Bynum, who fed Lodge for his third dunk of the game, that started a 5-0 run for the Hawks, giving them a 77-67 lead.
Princeton pulled within six points, 80-74, one more time at 3:12, but Hawk senior Chris Clover helped seal it, scoring six points in the final two minutes, including a 4-for-4 effort from the foul line.
Saint Joseph's opened the game hitting eight of its first 10 shots to go up 18-12 and led by as much as 26-19 after a dunk and free throw by Lodge. Princeton used a 7-0 run to tie it, 31-31, with under four minutes to play, but Anthony Longpré knocked down a three. The Tigers answered with a three from Jose Morales to tie it again, 34-34, but the Hawks would go into halftime with a 39-36 lead.
"We just went 40 minutes never trailing against a team that shot the ball better than they had all year. It was a sloppy first half and seven turnovers is just unacceptable. In the second half we had three turnovers and scored 53 points against that kind of defense. We went the first half basically without Fresh (Kimble) because he didn't give us anything. But then one guy (Brown) goes down and Fresh answers the bell," said Hawk coach Phil Martelli.
"Our best scorer on the team was down so I thought I had to pick it up and give our guys some energy," said Kimble.
The Hawks were also without leading rebounder Pierfrancesco Oliva, who was out after suffering a slight concussion in the loss to Temple.
SJU shot 55 percent from the field in the game and converted 15-of-19 from the foul line. The Hawks did turn the ball over 10 times, which is the second highest total of the season.
Saint Joseph's will visit No. 21 Villanova in the annual rivalry game on Saturday, December 8 at 2 p.m., with the national telecast on Fox Sports1.