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St. Joe's loses to Harvard at Wooden Legacy

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St. Joe's loses to Harvard at Wooden Legacy

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FULLERTON, Calif. — Chris Lewis and Bryce Aiken scored 21 point apiece to lead Harvard to a 77-71 victory over Saint Joseph's on Friday in the Wooden Legacy tournament.

Lewis was 9 of 12 from the field. Aiken was 5-of-13 shooting from the floor and made 10 of 12 free throws to go with a career-high eight assists. Robert Baker scored a career-best 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for his first career double-double for Harvard (3-3).

James Demery had 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead Saint Joseph's (2-3). Pierfrancesco Oliva added 16 points and Taylor Funk chipped in 11.

Harvard never trailed, and the Hawks pulled within one point three times in the second half. The last time on back-to-back 3-pointers by Demery and Funk to make it 59-58 with 9:40 to play. Lewis then scored four points and Baker made a 3-pointer for Harvard to cap a 10-2 surge.

Demery scored five straight points to cut the Hawks' deficit to 74-69 with 26 seconds left, but they didn't' get closer.

St. Joe's blows 20-point first half lead to Washington State

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St. Joe's blows 20-point first half lead to Washington State

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FULLERTON, Calif. — Malachi Flynn hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 5 seconds remaining, lifting Washington State to a 75-71 victory over Saint Joseph's after the Cougars rallied from a 20-point first-half deficit in the opening round of the Wooden Legacy on Thursday.

Robert Franks scored 19 points and Viont'e Daniels added 17 points for the Cougars (4-0), who earned their third comeback win of the season.

Shavar Newkirk led Saint Joe's with 24 points, but he turned the ball over with 2.5 seconds left and he missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

The Cougars made 16 3-pointers, led by Daniels who sank 5 of 6. Flynn and Carter Skaggs had three each.

Saint Joe's took a 36-16 lead in the first half after a 23-0 run. The Cougars missed 10 straight shots over a 6 1/2-minute stretch and eventually trailed 38-24 at halftime.

Washington State played like a different team in the final 20 minutes, making 10 3-pointers.

After Franks hit a 3-pointer, Newkirk made four straight free throws to pull Saint Joe's into a 69-all tie.

Franks made a free throw and missed the second for a 70-69 lead. Newkirk's two free throws gave the Hawks (2-2) their last lead at 71-70.

Flynn tossed up the go-ahead 3 with the shot clock winding down and Daniels made two free throws to seal the win with 2 seconds left.

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Playing on Thanksgiving hasn't worked out well for the Hawks. They also lost on the holiday to Western Kentucky in the 2014 NIT Season Tip-Off.

The Cougars came in averaging 48.3 points in the second half compared to just 28.3 in the first.

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Saint Joseph's: Moves on to play Harvard in the consolation round on Friday.

Washington State: Advances to face No. 21 Saint Mary's in the championship bracket on Friday.

Freshman Taylor Funk stars in St. Joe's win over Princeton

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Freshman Taylor Funk stars in St. Joe's win over Princeton

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Freshman Taylor Funk hit five 3-pointers and finished with a career-high 23 points to lead Saint Joseph's to a 71-58 win over Princeton on Saturday night.

Funk made 7 of 8 from the field and hit 4 of 4 from the free throw line. James Demery had 13 points, Shavar Newkirk scored 11 and Anthony Longpre' added 10 points for Saint Joe's (2-1).

Funk made back-to-back 3-pointers and had 10 points during a 14-2 run that gave the Hawks a 59-50 lead with six minutes to go. Mike LeBlanc hit a 3 to pull Princeton within seven points with 3:37 left, but Funk answered with a 3-pointer and Saint Joe's led by double figures the rest of the way.

Devin Cannady led Princeton (0-3) with 22 points, including six 3-pointers. Amir Bell added 15 points and Myles Stephens had 13 with eight rebounds.

Funk has back-to-back 20-plus point games and has 61 points through his first three games, the second most in school history behind Bernard Blunt's 67 points in the 1990-91 season.

The Tigers led for all but 90 seconds in the first half, but hit just 3-of-15 second-half 3-pointers.