St. Joe's releases full 2017-18 schedule

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St. Joe's releases full 2017-18 schedule

Five days after St. Joe's released its non-conference schedule, the Hawks' full 2017-18 slate was finalized after the Atlantic 10 announced its conference schedule.

St. Joe's opens conference play Dec. 30 at George Washington and then comes home to play VCU on Jan. 3 before host St. Bonaventure three days later in a game that will be aired on ESPNU.

The Hawks, which finished 12th in the A-10 last season with a 4-14 record in the conference, will finish their season with three of their final five games at home against A-10 opponents. Last season, St. Joe's finished 11-20 overall.

Here's a look at Saint Joseph's full schedule, which was released Wednesday:

Nov. 11: at Toledo

Nov. 18: Princeton

Nov. 23: vs. Washington State*

Nov. 24: vs. Harvard/Saint Mary's*

Nov. 26: TBA*

Nov. 29: Bucknell

Dec. 2: Villanova

Dec. 9: at Temple

Dec. 17: Maine

Dec. 20: vs. St. John's (in Connecticut)

Dec. 30: at George Washington

Jan. 3: VCU

Jan. 6: St. Bonaventure

Jan. 10: at George Mason

Jan. 14: at UMass

Jan. 17: Dayton

Jan. 20: Fordham

Jan. 24: at St. Bonaventure

Jan. 27: at Penn (Palestra)

Jan. 31: Saint Louis

Feb. 3: at La Salle

Feb. 6: at Davidson

Feb. 10: UMass

Feb. 14: at Fordham

Feb. 17: Duquesne

Feb. 21: George Mason

Feb. 24: at Richmond

Feb. 27: at Rhode Island

March 3: La Salle

*Wooden Legacy tournament in California

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

BOX SCORE

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

BOX SCORE

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.