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St. Joe's closes strong to beat UMass

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St. Joe's closes strong to beat UMass

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Taylor Funk scored 22 points and Saint Joseph's closed fast to post an 85-73 win over Massachusetts in an Atlantic 10 showdown Saturday afternoon.

C.J. Anderson got the Minutemen even at 61-61 on a 3-pointer with 10:54 remaining, but Funk answered with a 3 and a layup to park a 24-12 finish by the Hawks.

Saint Joe's bounced back from a 91-62 loss to Davidson Tuesday night and earned a split in the season series with UMass, which won at Amherst, 72-69.

James Demery and Chris Clover each scored 18 points for Saint Joseph's (10-14, 5-7), which hit 10 of 27 from beyond the three-point arc.

Luwane Pipkins and Carl Pierre each scored 21 points to lead UMass (11-14, 4-8).

Saint Joe's was 15 of 20 from the free-throw line; UMass was 3 of 4. The Hawks held a 40-31 advantage on the boards.

St. Joe's witnesses the Peyton Aldridge show

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St. Joe's witnesses the Peyton Aldridge show

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DAVIDSON, N.C. -- Peyton Aldridge scored 32 points with five 3-pointers and had nine rebounds and four assists to lead Davidson past Saint Joseph's 91-62 on Tuesday night.

Davidson jumped out to a 51-28 lead at halftime -- with 29 points from Aldridge. His 3-point play in the opening seconds of the second half capped his scoring and he subbed out to a standing ovation after 31 minutes. He finished 13 of 22 from the field, including 5 of 11 from behind the arc.

Kellan Grady added 15 points and KiShawn Pritchett 12 for Davidson (13-9, 8-3 Atlantic 10). After back-to-back 20-point outings, Grady was named the conference rookie of the week on Monday for the fourth time this season.

Davidson entered leading the nation in assist-turnover ratio (1.77). The Wildcats also rank high in free-throw percentage (7th/78.0) and 3-pointers per game (10th/11.0). Davidson finished with 27 assists, 11 turnovers and 20 3-pointers, but only hit 20 of 39 free throws.

Shavar Newkirk paced Saint Joseph's (9-14, 4-7) with 16 points.

Sometime the best things in life aren't free

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Sometime the best things in life aren't free

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Jalen Johnson and Aaron Hines each scored 11 points and Davell Roby's free throw with three seconds left gave St. Louis a 60-59 win over St. Joseph's on Wednesday night.

Johnson made a 3-pointer with 1:52 left and St. Louis led 59-53. Taylor Funk made a layup, and after Javon Bess turned it over, Shavar Newkirk buried a 3 to bring St. Joseph's within a point. Jordan Goodwin committed a turnover before Aaron Hines fouled Newkirk who went to the line and made 1 of 2 to tie with 13 seconds left. Newkirk fouled Roby who went to the line and made 1 of 2.

Nick Robinson's 3 gave the Hawks their last lead at 51-50 before Johnson's 3 with 3:08 put St. Louis (12-11, 5-5 Atlantic 10) back up. Hasahn French and Roby each scored 10. Roby made up for 1-of-13 shooting from the field with a 7-of-10 effort from the foul line. French and Roby combined for 17 rebounds.

Funk led the Hawks (9-12, 4-5) with 21 points and Newkirk scored 16.