Turnovers, 1st half doom St. Joe's in A-10 loss to Richmond

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Turnovers, 1st half doom St. Joe's in A-10 loss to Richmond


At the press conference following his team's 70-66 loss to Richmond on Saturday, St. Joe's head coach Phil Martelli just stared at the box score and uttered:

"17 turnovers."

The Hawks committed 17 turnovers, including 10 in the first half (see Instant Replay), and a critical one in the final minutes. After rallying from an 18-point deficit in the second half to cut the Spiders' lead to one, 65-64, St. Joe's had a chance to take the lead, but sophomore Lamarr Kimble was called for an offensive foul with 1:08 to go. 

Since the loss of star Shavar Newkirk, Kimble’s role has increased as the team’s primary ballhandler. He hasn’t played less than 36 minutes in the four games since Newkirk's injury, including all 40 against Richmond.

"I definitely made some mistakes. I had a charge on one play," said Kimble, who had five turnovers. "I definitely want to cut [the turnovers] down. It's definitely too much no matter how many minutes I'm playing."

James Demery has been St. Joe's go-to scorer since Newkirk's injury, but the junior forward struggled mightily. He had more turnovers (six) than points (five). 

Demery was just 2 for 13 from the floor, including 0 for 4 from three. In his previous three games, Demery tallied 16, 25 and 17 points, respectively.

“It just wasn’t going in the basket for me today,” Demery said. “Everybody else stepped it up. For me, baskets just weren’t going in.”

Kimble and freshman Charlie Brown, an unlikely source of offense, scored 17 and 13 points, respectively.
Brown struggled from the field in the first half, missing all three of his shot attempts, but rebounded in the second half and contributed 13 of the Hawks' 38 second-half points, improving on his 10.7 points per game this season.
“He’s played a lot of minutes,” Martelli said. “I think the first half is kind of a drift around the game. He got barked at, but we’re still talking about a kid who was 4 for 16, so we’re not like in a celebratory mood here.

“[Kimble and Brown] didn’t hear they did a good job. I don’t buy any of that stuff. There are things that we can take out of that, but only if we’re better on Monday.”
Freshman Nick Robinson also played a big role in Saturday’s effort, scoring 11 second-half points for a game total of 14, marking the second time this season he’s eclipsed the 10-point mark. He would also tie his season-high in minutes played and rebounds with 28 and eight, respectively.

But he also had two turnovers. 

“I think we just need to simplify our game,” Brown said. “We try to always make that across-the-court pass, and then the next pass.”

With the loss, St. Joe's falls to 2-3 in conference play and 8-8 overall. Richmond improves to 11-6 and 5-0 in the A-10. The last time Richmond started conference play 4-0, 1991-92, no member of the current team had been born yet.

Penn football falls late at home against Yale

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Penn football falls late at home against Yale


Kurt Rawlings connected with Christopher Williams-Lopez for a 4-yard touchdown with 4:11 remaining in the game and Yale rallied for a 24-19 victory over Pennsylvania on Saturday.

Rawlings threw for 199 yards and two scores for the Bulldogs (5-1, 2-1 Ivy League), who won at Penn (2-4, 0-3) for the first time since 2007. Yale's Zane Dudek carried 12 times for 103 yards and a score.

The Quakers, who trailed 18-10 at the half, recovered a pair of fumbles in the fourth quarter to take a 19-18 lead. The first turnover led to Jack Soslow's 44-yard field goal and the second resulted in a 2-yard TD run by Tre Solomon. But Rawlings led the Bulldogs on an 11-play, 80-yard drive for the winning score.

Penn senior Justin Watson caught 10 passes for 120 yards and a 23-yard touchdown reception. It was an Ivy League record 16th career game with at least 100 yards receiving and he tied a school record with a TD catch in his sixth straight game. His 27 career scores ties the school record.

Sliding Temple visits Army; Penn hosts Yale in need of Ivy win

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Sliding Temple visits Army; Penn hosts Yale in need of Ivy win

Temple (3-4, 1-3 AAC) at Army (5-2)
Michie Stadium, West Point, New York
Saturday, noon, CBS Sports Network

Last time out
Temple lost to UConn, 28-24, last Saturday.

Army beat Eastern Michigan, 28-27, last Saturday.

Scouting report
Last week against UConn, the Owls committed 12 penalties for 117 yards. Despite putting up 229 more yards and 13 more first downs than the Huskies, Temple couldn’t finish drives late in the game to pull out the win.

Temple’s schedule doesn’t get easier this week. The Owls play an Army team riding a three-game win streak and boasting the second-best rushing offense in college football (378.4 ypg). That will be the matchup to watch as Temple averages 167.1 rushing yards allowed per game, good for seventh in the American Athletic Conference.

Temple’s starting quarterback Logan Marchi missed some practice time this week, but head coach Geoff Collins said he expects him to play Saturday. If he can’t go, look for backup Frank Nutile to replace him.

What it means
Temple’s performance against UConn was embarrassing, while the Owls' bowl hopes would take a severe hit with a loss to Army. Tulsa and Cincinnati are the only other opponents on the schedule against which Temple should be favored. Navy and UCF, on paper, look to be tough matchups for the Owls.

Series history
Temple owns the 7-5 series advantage and is 6-1 against Army since 2008. That one loss came last year when the Black Knights beat the Owls, 28-13, at Lincoln Financial Field in Temple’s season opener. 

What's next?
Temple has its bye before hosting Navy on Nov. 2.

Army travels to Air Force. 

Penn (2-3, 0-2 Ivy) vs. Yale (4-1, 1-1 Ivy)
Franklin Field
Saturday, 1 p.m., NBC Sports Philadelphia+

Last time out
Penn lost at Columbia in overtime, 34-31, last Saturday.

Yale defeated Holy Cross, 32-0, last Saturday.

Scouting report
Penn has the worst scoring defense in the Ivy League, which doesn’t bode well for its chances in this one considering Yale has the best scoring offense in the league. The Quakers allow 32.6 ppg and the Bulldogs score 41 ppg. Penn’s total defense is also last in the league, allowing 449.2 ypg.

The Bulldogs take control on the ground with the best rushing offense in the Ivy. Zane Dudek and Deshawn Salter lead the Bulldogs, as both have rushed for more than 400 yards and each has seven touchdowns. Penn will have to win the battle in the trenches to slow down the Bulldogs.

Series history
This is the 84th meeting between the teams. The Bulldogs hold a 46-37-1 advantage but Penn has won 19 of the last 25.

What’s next?
Penn travels to Brown.

Yale hosts Columbia.