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City 6 hoops wrap: St. Joe's, La Salle close regular season with wins

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City 6 hoops wrap: St. Joe's, La Salle close regular season with wins

PITTSBURGH -- Chris Clover and James Demery each scored 19 points and St. Joseph's rallied in the second half to beat Duquesne 63-60 on Saturday in the Atlantic 10 regular season finale.

Isiaha Mike missed a 3-pointer as time expired for the Dukes. Duquesne didn't help its cause with 10 missed free throws (16-26).

Kale Abrahamson's layup put Duquesne up 50-41 with 11:19 to play when St. Joseph's (10-19, 3-14) went to work. Clover made a pair of foul shots at the end of a 12-2 run to put the Hawks up 53-52.

Emile Blackman gave Duquesne (10-20, 3-14) a brief lead at 60-59 with 1:25 left, but Charlie Brown made a jumper 16 seconds later and the Hawks never trailed again. Brown scored 11 points before he fouled out. St. Joseph's had a 41-34 rebound edge.

Blackman led the Dukes with 26 points, and Mike had 11.

La Salle tops Fordham in regular season finale
B.J. Johnson scored 19 points and La Salle beat Fordham 66-54 in a regular season finale for both teams on Saturday.

The win snaps a three-game slide for the Explorers (15-14, 9-9) and positions them as the No. 7 seed in the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament.

Jordan Price and Demetrius Henry sank back-to-back jumpers to put the Explorers on top for good late in the first half and they had a 25-22 edge at the break.

Cleon Roberts hit a pair of 3-pointers early in the second half and Henry followed that with a dunk to boost La Salle's lead to 42-33 with 13:16 to play. Jumpers by Price and Johnson followed to make it 46-33 with 10:47 left and the Explorers led by double figures the rest of the way.

Roberts finished with 11 points and Price added 10 points and nine rebounds.

Joseph Chartouny led the Rams (13-18, 7-11) with 17 points.

St. Joe's gives up career-high 34 points to JeQuan Lewis in loss to VCU

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St. Joe's gives up career-high 34 points to JeQuan Lewis in loss to VCU

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RICHMOND, Va. -- JeQuan Lewis scored a career-high 34 points with nine 3-pointers, Justin Tillman added 14 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for his fourth straight double-double, and VCU beat Saint Joseph's 91-81 on Tuesday night to win its seventh straight.

“Lewis was a senior in a game that they needed,” St. Joe's head coach Phil Martelli said. “That wasn’t a walk in the park, and there were a lot of people who assumed how could we hang around. But they needed 91 to beat us and he was a big reason they got it.”

The Rams led by 11 points early in the second half, but the Hawks closed to 57-54 on Charlie Brown's 3-pointer. Later, VCU's lead was cut to 82-76 with 1:01 left but Saint Joseph's got no closer as the game became a free-throw shooting contest.

It's the fifth straight defeat for the Hawks, who lost leading scorer Lamarr Kimble to a season-ending fracture in his left foot in Saturday's 87-76 loss to Massachusetts. Saint Joseph was also without Shavar Newkirk, who suffered a torn ACL on December 30 after leading SJU with a career-best 20.3 scoring average.

“We’re now in last place in this league and that’s not what this program is built on,” Martelli said. “At the end of the day, people won’t look at the score and say, 'That’s a shame, St. Joe’s is without four players.' We’re 10-15 and it’s all of our records. We did the same thing last week at Dayton and left some plays mentally out there.

“We’ve got to get better. We’ve got five games left and we’re not canceling the season. No one’s feeling sorry for us, nor do we expect them to.”

Lewis' 3-pointer put VCU up for good 47-44 late in the first half and the Rams led 48-44 at halftime.

Doug Brooks scored 12 and Samir Doughty 10 for the Rams (21-5, 11-2 Atlantic 10), who have won 10 straight at home.

Clover scored 21 for Saint Joseph's (10-15, 3-10), who are on their longest losing streak since a nine-game skid in January 2011.

“I can’t fault the effort, but it’s the execution. They’ve got older guys and, really, the better guys won,” Martelli said.

St. Joe’s Charlie Brown named A-10 Rookie of the Week for third time

St. Joe’s Charlie Brown named A-10 Rookie of the Week for third time

Saint Joseph’s may have lost leading scorer Lamarr Kimble for the season, but its freshman sharp-shooter Charlie Brown was named Atlantic-10 rookie of the week for the third time this season. 

The 6-foot-6 Brown has been the Hawks' most reliable three-point specialist, which is much needed in a forgettable season. Brown converts 40 percent of this threes, first on the team. Brown is third in the A-10 in free throw percentage at 86 percent. 

Last week, Brown had 17 points and five rebounds against Dayton – he was overshadowed by Kimble who had his first (and last) double-double this season. Despite both scoring efforts, St. Joe’s lost 77-70. 

Brown had a team-high 15 points and eight rebounds against Massachusetts on Saturday. The freshman was a key part of keeping the Hawks alive in a game they eventually lost 87-76. 

The freshman is averaging 12.5 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. He will most likely be called upon by coach Phil Martelli to pump up those numbers in the absence of Kimble. 

St. Joe’s (10-14, 3-9 A-10) will be on the road take on VCU on Tuesday (6 p.m./CBSSN).