The dynamic guard combination of Shavar Newkirk and Lamarr Kible led the Saint Joseph’s Hawks to a 76 – 68 win over the Princeton Tigers at Jadwin Gym. Kimble scored 17 points and added a career-high 9 rebounds to go along with 9 assists. Newkirk contributed a game-high 19 points making 10 of 11 from the charity stripe. The Hawks guard set a career-mark with 8 rebounds.
Saint Joseph’s led for most of the game. However, they went cold from the field late in the second half. Princeton took a 62 – 61 lead with six and a half minutes to play on a three-pointer by Spencer Weisz. With just under 4 minutes left Amir Bell stretched the lead to 3 by converting a pair of free throws. The Hawks began their decisive rally behind back to back baskets by Newkirk and forward Charlie Brown which ended a 7 minute span without a field goal. Saint Joe’s took the lead for good.
The Hawks had a 58 – 34 edge in rebounds, 19 – 7 advantage in offensive boards. This gave SJU a 13 – 0 lead in second chance points.
Brown scored 12 points. Forward Markell Lodge posted 8 points and a team-high 9 rebounds for the Hawks.
Weisz recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Devin Cannady led the Tigers with 13 points.
Saint Joseph’s (5 – 4) play on Sunday at Illinois State in their next game.