FULLERTON, Calif. -- Shavar Newkirk scored 22 points and freshman Taylor Funk scored five points to break a late tie and Saint Joseph's overcame poor shooting to down Sacramento State 74-69 on Sunday for seventh place in the Wooden Legacy.
Newkirk made 11 of 14 free throws and Funk scored all of his 15 points after halftime when Saint Joseph's (3-3) battled back after Sacramento State (1-6) had shot out to a 52-40 lead. James Demery also scored 15 for the Hawks, who have played all six games on the road, and Lorenzo Edwards scored 10 with nine rebounds. Saint Joseph's scored 27 points off 17 Sac State turnovers.
Justin Strings and Joshua Patton led Sacramento State with 20 and 15 points, respectively. Izayah Mauriohoohoo-Le'Afa added nine rebounds, six assists and seven points for the Hornets.
The contest was one of wild swings, with Saint Joseph's holding an 11-point lead early in the first half and Sacramento State up 12 midway through the second.
Saint Joseph's will be without a key player for the remainder of the 2017-18 season.
Junior guard Lamarr Kimble will undergo surgery and miss the remainder of the season after re-injuring the fifth metatarsal of his left foot. Kimble suffered the injury in St. Joe's season-opening loss to Toledo on Nov. 10.
Kimble fractured his foot toward the end of last season and missed the final seven games after undergoing surgery.
“I’m very disappointed for (Lamarr) that all of his hard work and dedication from the spring, summer and fall won’t be shown on the court,” head coach Phil Martelli said in a release. “He and his family recognize how much I, and we, value their partnership. His teammates recognize that all must come forward to fill not only the playing gap, but the leadership gap as well. I fully expect that (Lamarr) will continue to be a vocal and inspirational leader for this team.”
Kimble paced the Hawks in assists (4.5 per game) and was second in scoring (15.5 points per game) last season. The captain and Philadelphia native was named to the Preseason Atlantic 10 All-Conference third team.
St. Joe's currently sits at 1-1 in the '17-18 season. The Hawks' next game is a 7 p.m. home matchup on Saturday against Princeton.
CHICAGO -- James Demery had six of his 25 points in overtime, including a key 3-point play in the final minute, and Saint Joseph's powered past UIC 86-82 on Monday night.
Demery's 3-point play made it 83-78 with 39 seconds left and he added 1 of 2 free throws to make it a four-point lead for the Hawks (1-1) at 13 seconds. He finished two points short of the career-high 27 he set against Fordham on Jan. 7.
The Flames (1-1) had a 16-3 run to lead 67-56 on Godwin Boahen's layup with 6:48 to go in the second half.
Saint Joseph's responded with 11 straight points to tie, UIC then scored six straight to lead 73-67 with 1:19 left, and the Hawks finished with a 7-1 run to force overtime.
Taylor Funk finished with 22 points and made four 3-pointers -- two during the 11-0 run that got the Hawks back into contention and one with 26 seconds left in regulation that forced overtime. Shavar Newkirk added 16 points.
Dikembe Dixson led the Flames with 23 points, Marcus Ottey scored 17 and Tarkus Ferguson 15.