Newkirk's season-high 26 not enough to save St. Joe's

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Newkirk's season-high 26 not enough to save St. Joe's

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UNCASVILLE, Conn. -- Shamorie Ponds scored 28 points, Justin Simon had 11 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists, and St. John's beat Saint Joseph's 77-73 in the Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase on Wednesday night.

St. John's (10-2) is off to its best start in the Chris Mullin Era.

Ponds split a double team on a drive to the basket and made an off-balance shot to put St. John's up 73-68. Saint Joseph's got within 73-71 but Ponds hit four straight free throws on St. John's next two possessions to seal it.

Bashir Ahmed added 16 points for St. John's, which has won five of its last six contests. Ponds also had seven rebounds, four assists and two steals.

Shavar Newkirk scored a season-high 26 points on 11-of-20 shooting for Saint Joseph's (5-6). Taylor Funk and James Demery each scored 15 points and Pierfrancesco Oliva grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds.

Big 2nd-half lead not enough for St. Joe's to beat UMass

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Big 2nd-half lead not enough for St. Joe's to beat UMass

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AMHERST, Mass. -- Luwane Pipkins scored 27 points and made all six of his free throws in the final 35 seconds and Massachusetts completed a comeback win and beat Saint Joseph's 72-69 on Sunday.

Shevar Newkirk -- who scored six of the Hawks' last 10 points -- missed a 3-pointer and a chance to tie with two seconds left. Newkirk and James Demery led Saint Joseph's with 22 points apiece.

The Hawks closed the first half with a 14-7 run for a 37-25 lead at halftime. Newkirk made three layups and a pair of free throws in the last six minutes. Demery's dunk 1 minute in extended the lead to 16.

Later, down 12, UMass (10-8, 3-2 Atlantic 10) closed to 54-49 with a 13-6 run when Pipkins made a 3 and a layup, Carl Pierre had a 3 and C.J. Anderson had a 3-point play.

Rayshawn Miller tied it at 59 with a 3 with 5:34 left. That was part of a four-minute scoring drought for St. Joseph's (7-9, 2-3) in which UMass posted a 10-0 run and led 64-59.

Newkirk and Nick Robinson sandwiched a layup each between one from Newkirk, and Demery added a pair of free throws to reduce the Hawks' deficit to 66-65 before Pipkins sealed it from the line.

Pierre scored 17 points with five 3-pointers and Anderson had 12.

A real buzzkill for St. Joe's

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A real buzzkill for St. Joe's

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FAIRFAX, Va. -- Otis Livingston II drilled a 25-foot buzzer-beater that hit nothing but net and lifted George Mason past Saint Joseph's 81-79 on Wednesday night, foiling a late comeback by the Hawks.

George Mason (8-9, 2-2 Atlantic 10) broke away from the early back-and-forth scrapping with a 14-4 run that opened a 10-point lead and the Patriots led until there were five seconds left in the game.

Chris Clover capped a dogged comeback by Saint Joseph's (7-8, 2-2) with a drive at five seconds remaining that gave the Hawks a 79-78 lead -- their first since it was 14-12.

After a timeout, Justin Kier dribbled past midcourt and flipped the ball to Livingston in the wing, who launched the deep 3-pointer.

Ian Boyd added 15 points for George Mason, Jaire Grayer 13, and Kier 12 with 10 rebounds, his first double-double, along with seven assists as the Patriots bounced back from an 86-59 pounding from Davidson on Sunday.

Shavar Newkirk led Saint Joseph's with 24 points, Clover finished with 19 and Taylor Funk added 15.