The Hawks just can't catch a break.
A month after losing leading-scorer Shavar Newkirk for the season, Saint Josephs's will now be without fellow guard and current leading-scorer Lamarr Kimble for the remainder of the season with a fractured foot. The fracture in the fifth metatarsal of his left foot will require surgery, followed by two months of recovery.
Kimble suffered the injury late in the second half of St. Joe's loss to Massachussetts on Saturday (see story) — the team's fourth-consecutive loss. The sophomore went up for a layup, but landed awkwardly on his foot and continued to play before eventualy checking himself out of the game.
“We’re obviously disappointed for ‘Fresh,’" Saint Joseph’s head coach Phil Martelli said. "We’ll certainly miss his on the court skills and do expect, as Shavar has done, that he will continue to be prominent in a leadership role. Speaking for the program, we’re all disappointed but not discouraged."
Kimble led the Hawks with 15.5 points per game and 4.5 assists, scoring in double figures in 19 of the Hawks' 24 games.
Now down both starting point guards and leading scorers, St. Joe's (10-24, 3-9 A-10) travels to VCU on Tuesday.
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.
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.