Lamarr Kimble suffers foot injury as St. Joe's loses 4th straight

Lamarr Kimble suffers foot injury as St. Joe's loses 4th straight


As if a loss wasn't bad enough, Saint Joseph's may have lost another leading scorer as well.

St. Joe's suffered its fourth-straight loss, 87-76, to Massachusetts on Saturday afternoon at Hagen Arena (see Instant Replay)

The beating from UMass wasn’t the only bad news for the Hawks, as their captain, Lamarr Kimble, went down with a left foot injury late in the second half. Kimble went up for a layup but landed on his foot awkwardly and tried to play through it. He called a timeout by the 4:05 mark in the second half to take himself out.

“It’s definitely a bad taste in our mouth,” freshman Charlie Brown said on both losses suffered by the Hawks. “We just got to look at the positives instead of the negatives. Just focusing on the next game, the next practice trying to get better individually, coaches get better and get better as a team.”
Kimble was not available to talk following the game, as he was taken to get his foot X-rayed. The severity of the injury is unclear, but he left the arena on crutches with ice wrapped around his foot.

Heading into halftime, St. Joe’s (10-14, 3-9 A-10)  trailed Massachusetts, 43-35 – just another game where the Hawks started off flat. Great shooting from the Minutemen’s Donte Clark pushed UMass (13-12, 3-9 A-10) off to a 17-9 lead – Clark led the way with 12 points in that stretch and finished with a game-high 24 points.

“The plan in the beginning was to zone them and they made eight threes,” Hawks coach Phil Martelli said. “So credit to them. They beat the plan.”

“They came up firing for one," Brown said. “We were surprised because we didn’t know they were going to shoot the ball that good. They are not known as a shooting team so that was one thing. Second half they just kept it going.”

A 10-0 run early in the second half brought the game to a tie at 55. It was the first time St. Joe's was that close since 42 seconds into the game when they led 3-2. Hawks senior center Javon Bauman started the run with a layup at the 12:58 mark and would end it with two free throws at the 10:24. Both Kimble and Brown added three pointers in between.

Unfortunately, as easy as that run came about, it was erased with a 7-0 run by the Minutemen. Two steals after the initial run was the turning point for UMass.

“I think we just played,” Matelli said about the initial run. “I didn’t think anything noteworthy. We tried different guys. Javon Bauman gave us a lift there, but we need more playmakers. We needed to dig in and get a stop but they scored five in a row.”

The Hawks' second-half run paralleled a similar comeback attempt in the first half when they pulled within three at the 1:22 mark. It started with a Kimble three, followed by a Brendan Casper jumper and finished with a Casper half-court swing pass to find Brown in the corner for a three, making it 36-33.

Once again UMass pulled away with a 5-0 run, foreshadowing what would happen after the break.

After a day like that, the Hawks just want to focus on moving forward.

“Just got to get better,” Brown said. “Can’t say nothing more other than that.”

Penn State holds off Marquette to reach NIT semifinals

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Penn State holds off Marquette to reach NIT semifinals


MILWAUKEE -- Lamar Stevens tied his career high with 30 points, Tony Carr added 25 and Penn State beat Marquette 85-80 on Tuesday night to advance to the NIT semifinals.

The Nittany Lions (24-13) will face Mississippi State (25-11) at Madison Square Garden in New York on March 27. They advanced to the NIT semis for the first time since winning the 2009 tournament.

Stevens hit three crucial buckets in the final three minutes, including a dunk off an alley-oop pass from Josh Reaves for an eight-point lead with one minute left. The 6-foot-8 Stevens then maneuvered through a couple Marquette players to secure a rebound off Andrew Rowsey's missed 3 with 46 seconds left.

Carr went 5 of 8 from the foul line over the final 30 seconds to give Marquette another chance. Rowsey hit a 3 and a layup to get the Golden Eagles as close as 83-80 with six seconds left before the Golden Eagles ran out of time.

Shep Garner scored 19 points and set two Penn State records, including most 3s in a season (112). Garner's 73 career wins are the most in a four-year span since Penn State joined the Big Ten in 1992-93.

Rowsey, a senior, scored 29 points for Marquette (21-14).

The Golden Eagles had whittled a 14-point deficit early in the second half to 72-68 with 2:39 left on three foul shots by Rowsey. Penn State went nearly three minutes without a bucket and got sloppy with the ball and the sharpshooting Golden Eagles started hitting 3s to get back in the game.

Villanova, Penn with polar opposite NCAA Tournament draws

Villanova, Penn with polar opposite NCAA Tournament draws

No surprises on the Main Line and well, the Quakers have quite the hill to climb to advance.

Villanova on Sunday night was awarded the 1-seed in the East Region and will face the winner of the LIU Brooklyn/Radford game Thursday in Pittsburgh. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:50 p.m. on TNT.

The Wildcats have been a top-two seed since 2014 and it's the second straight year they're a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Villanova was the No. 1 overall seed in last year's tournament.

Penn was named the 16th seed in the Midwest Region and will face the No. 1-seeded Kansas Jayhawks on Thursday at 2 p.m. on TBS in Wichita, Kansas.

Steve Donahue has the Quakers back in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007 in his third season as Penn's head coach.

The Quakers are 24-8 and this will be their 24th-ever appearance in the tournament.

'Nova survived a scare from Providence on Saturday night to win its second straight Big East title and its third in the past four years.

If the Wildcats beat LIU Brooklyn/Radford, they'll face the winner of the No. 8-seeded Virginia Tech and No. 9 seed Alabama. Purdue is the No. 2 seed in the East.

Also in the East are No. 3 Texas Tech and No. 4 Wichita State.