St. Joe's ousted by UMass in opening round of A-10 Tournament, 70-63

St. Joe's ousted by UMass in opening round of A-10 Tournament, 70-63

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PITTSBURGH -- C.J. Anderson scored 17 points, Zach Lewis added 14 and Massachusetts held off a late rally from St. Joseph's for a 70-63 victory in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament on Wednesday night.

No. 12 seed UMass (15-17) snapped a three-game skid and plays fifth-seeded St. Bonaventure in a Thursday quarterfinal. No. 13 seed St. Joseph's (11-20) lost ten of its last 11.

"This has been humbling, for all of us," St. Joe's head coach Phil Martelli said. "I don't think you can get better as a player until you're humbled. So you know, we'll start again. They go home for a week next week and then we'll start. And those that are humbled will get better."

Luwane Pipkins' 3-pointer stretched the Minutemen's lead to its largest of the game, 58-39, with about eight minutes left. But the Hawks rallied with a 24-6 run to pull to 66-63 with 14 seconds left. Lewis made a pair of free throws and forced a turnover, and Anderson sealed it with a dunk.

"They made some threes that we didn't anticipate and we had to change up our defensive look," Martelli said. "Then we got it tight, you know, our bugaboo all year has been foul shooting. We were 2 for 6 in a tight stretch at the end, could have made it a one-possession game a little earlier than we did."

"That's what we've been about all year, just battling, playing, segment by segment, just trying to grind," senior forward Brendan Casper said. "We got ourselves in a hole. We got ourselves out, but it wasn't enough."

Lewis surpassed 1,000 career points and Pipkins finished with 13.

James Demery scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead St. Joseph's.

St. Joe's does successful balancing act

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St. Joe's does successful balancing act

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Shavar Newkirk scored 17 points and five Saint Joseph's players scored in double figures as the Hawks shot nearly 50 percent, ended a two-game slide and defeated two-time defending Atlantic 10 champion Dayton 81-65 on Wednesday night.

Newkirk drained a 3-pointer to open the second half, sparking a 10-3 run that gave the Hawks a 52-33 lead and prompted a Dayton timeout just three minutes in. James Demery led Saint Joseph's (8-9, 3-3) with 19 points and has scored in double figures in all 17 games this season. Taylor Funk scored 18, Nick Robinson 13 and Chris Clover 10.

After the withering run to open the second half, the Hawks maintained a roughly 20-point lead the rest of the way.

Jalen Crutcher scored a career-high 23 points, making seven 3-pointers, to lead Dayton (9-9, 3-3), which saw a three-game win streak end. The Flyers have not won at Saint Joseph's since Jan. 29, 2000.

Saint Joseph's held Dayton to 37-percent shooting and outrebounded the Flyers 43-32. Pierfrancesco Oliva pulled down 15 boards for the Hawks.

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.