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.
James Demery scored 19 points with 10 rebounds, Shavar Newkirk also had 19 points and Saint Joseph's turned back Maine 72-59 on Sunday in the first meeting between the schools.
The Owls (5-5) scored 18 points off 17 Maine turnovers and only gave the ball away three times, their fewest of the season.
Isaiah White had five 3-pointers and 21 points for Maine (3-9). Aaron Calixte added 14 points, Ilker Er had 13 and Andrew Fleming grabbed 11 boards.
Saint Joseph's quickly stretched a 30-27 halftime lead to 12 points as Newkirk and Pierfrancesco Oliva knocked down 3-pointers. The Black Bears were never able to mount a run and failed to get to the foul line, going 2 for 2 for the game.
Temple ended a two-game losing streak after falling to Big Five rivals Villanova and Temple.
James Demery scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds as Saint Joseph's beat Bucknell 83-70 on Wednesday night.
Demery was 8 of 18 from the field for the Hawks (4-3). Shavar Newkirk added 19 points, 10 rebounds and six assists and Chris Clover had 17 points while Pierfrancesco Oliva grabbed 10 rebounds. The team averaged 41 percent shooting from the field compared to 34 percent for Bucknell.
The Hawks took an early lead and a Robinson layup gave them a 27-16 advantage with 7:06 left in the first half. They were up 40-27 at the break.
Saint Joseph's led by double figures throughout the second half and Taylor Funk sank a layup and a 3-pointer back-to-back to stretch it to 60-39 with 11:23 to play.
Nana Foulland scored 17 points and had 10 rebounds for the Bison (3-5). Zach Thomas added 15 points and led the team with a career-best 19 rebounds.