Freshman Jared Bynum broke a tie with two free throws with 1.6 seconds remaining, and Charlie Brown, Jr., had 31 points and a career-high 14 rebounds, to lead Saint Joseph’s (9-10; 2-5 A-10) to a 74-70 come-from-behind win over Richmond (7-12; 1-5) in Atlantic 10 play at Hagan Arena.
SJU’s Taylor Funk connected on a three-pointer with 34.3 seconds to go to tie the game at 70-70, and then blocked Grant Golden’s shot down the other end with 9.5 left to give the Hawks the ball. Bynum drove the lane and was fouled, and knocked down both ends of the one-and-one to give SJU the decisive points. Brown intercepted Richmond’s inbound pass at 1.6, was fouled, and converted two free throws to provide the final margin.
Brown scored 23 points in the second half alone, shooting 6-for-9 from the field, and notched the first double-double of his career. Funk and Bynum finished with 12 points apiece while senior Chris Clover had a career-high 10 rebounds as the Hawks dominated the boards, 44-23.
Saint Joseph’s trailed by as much as 15 points in the first half, but rallied for the largest deficit overcome for victory this year.
Trailing 43-31 at halftime, Brown scored 10 points in the first six minutes of the second half, and with 12:12 remaining, Saint Joseph’s had cut its deficit to 56-50. Consecutive baskets by Bynum had the Hawks within 54-52 and Funk connected on a three-pointer at 9:27 to give SJU its first lead, 57-56, since the early going.
Richmond regained the lead, and bumped it up to 68-61, with 4:09 remaining. Brown scored the Hawks’ next six points as they closed to 68-67. A jumper by Golden gave Richmond a 70-67 edge, setting the stage for the tying basket by Funk.
The Hawks held an early 10-5 lead but saw Richmond score 16 straight, keeping SJU scoreless for over five minutes, which allowed the Spiders to run out to a 21-10 lead, before Clover ended the drought for SJU with a basket at 11:18. Richmond doubled up on the Hawks, 30-15, with 7:39 to go in the half, for the game’s biggest lead.
"In other games, it just got away from us . . . The zone defense played a role and we were able to play with just a little pep in our step. Even though this [box score] says two fastbreak points, there was more movement, more creativity against a tough match-up zone. Charlie [Brown, Jr.] made some shots in the second half."
Golden scored 24 points for Richmond with Nathan Cayo chipping in 21 points.
Due to injuries, Saint Joseph’s was down to seven full scholarship players for the contest as Anthony Longpre’ (concussion protocol) became the latest Hawk to be sidelined, joining Lamarr Kimble (hand) and Pierfrancesco Oliva (knee). Redshirt senior Markell Lodge made his first start of the season in place of Longpre'.
Saint Joseph’s takes a break from conference play to face Penn in a Big 5 matchup at The Palestra on Saturday night, January 26.