St. Joe's tops Maine in 1st meeting between schools

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St. Joe's tops Maine in 1st meeting between schools

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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 Hawks (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.

St. Joe's ended a two-game losing streak after falling to Big Five rivals Villanova and Temple.

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.