WASHINGTON — Yuta Watanabe scored 18 points and Arnaldo Toro grabbed 12 rebounds and scored 10 points and George Washington held off Saint Joseph's 70-64 on Saturday in an Atlantic 10 opener.
James Demery made a pair of layups early in the second half to bring the Hawks within 32-27 before George Washington (8-6) went on a 15-2 run and lead by 18 with 13:55 to play.
Shavar Newkirk made four of Saint Joseph's five free throws in less than a minute to reduce the deficit to 66-60 with 1:22 left but the Hawks missed 4 of 5 from the field down the stretch.
Watanabe started George Washington's scoring with a jump shot and a 3, Jair Bolden followed with back-to-back 3s and the Colonials led 11-5 and never trailed during the contest.
Watanabe added another jumper and a 3 for a 22-10 lead before Saint Joseph's used an 8-2 run to close within 24-18 on Chris Clover's jump shot. But Terry Nolan Jr. responded with a back to 3s and pushed the lead to 12.
Demery led Saint Joseph's (5-7) with 24 points.
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.
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.