ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands -- Lamarr Kimble scored a career-high 26 points and Saint Joseph's pulled away in the second half to beat Loyola-Chicago 71-57 on Friday in the opening game of the Paradise Jam tournament.
Shavar Newkirk added 20 points for the Hawks (3-0), who led by as many as 14 points in the second half before the Ramblers (3-1) mounted a late comeback.
“They (Kimble and Newkirk) were experienced players playing against experienced players. We have to have better balance than that. Fifteen turnovers is really not an acceptable way to play basketball. They had 46 points but they also had seven turnovers between them. They can play better, we can play better. I did think we were tough and the fact that we don’t foul and get ourselves in trouble – that was a plus. We’re going to have to play a whole lot better the rest of the season,” St. Joe's coach Phil Martelli said.
Ahead 35-26 at the break, Saint Joseph's used a 14-4 run to take its biggest lead of the game, going up 53-39 on Kimble's 3-pointer with 8:34 remaining.
However, Loyola mounted its own run, outscoring the Hawks 13-4 over the next 3 minutes to pull within 57-52 on Aundre Jackson's layup with 5:08 left.
But Kimble hit a 3-pointer 30 seconds later to end the rally, and Saint Joseph's made 9 of 11 free throws over the final 82 seconds to clinch the win.
Jackson finished with 22 points for Loyola, with Clayton Custer adding 13 and Milton Doyle 10.