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.
DAYTON, Ohio — Sam Jones, who took all his shots from 3-point range, sank a pair of key 3s late in the game as Penn held off a surge by Dayton to defeat the Flyers 78-70 on Saturday.
Dayton had made a six-point push to draw within 62-61 on a John Crosby layup, prompting a Penn timeout with 4:30 remaining. After the huddle, Jones hit a clutch trey, and then another to make it 68-63. Penn made eight of 10 free throws down the stretch.
Jones scored a season-high 15 points, his first game in double figures this season, making 5 of 6 shots. Antonio Woods scored 17 to lead Penn (8-4), Ryan Betley added 14 and Darnell Foreman 12. The Quakers had 20 assists on 26 made baskets led by AJ Brodeur with seven.
Dayton (4-5) cut the gap to 74-68 on a Crosby 3-pointer with one minute left, but the Flyers missed four times from distance in the last 48 seconds. Josh Cunningham scored 21 points with eight rebounds, while Crosby added 15 points for Dayton.
DAYTON, Ohio -- Kendall Pollard scored 19 points, Charles Cooke added 16 points and Dayton took control in the second half on its way to a 77-70 win against Saint Joseph's on Tuesday night.
Pollard's jumper put Dayton up 55-44 with 10:52 left. Following Jai Williams' dunk for the Hawks, Cooke hit a 3 and Xeyrius Williams added a jumper less than a minute later to put the Flyers up 60-46.
But St. Joseph's promptly went on a 17-6 run and closed to within 66-63 on Lamarr Kimble's 3 with 3:42 to play. Kimble scored nine points during the outburst, but the Hawks couldn't get closer. Williams countered with a layup and Scoochie Smith added a 3 to blunt the comeback.
Dayton (18-5, 9-2 Atlantic 10) pushed the pace and outscored St. Joseph's 18-2 in fast-break points.
Smith finished with 13 points and Williams had 11 for the Flyers.
Kimble led St. Joseph's (10-13, 3-8) with 25 points and 10 assists --his first career double-double -- and Charlie Brown scored 17.