B.J. Johnson scored 25 points and Amar Stukes added 20 and La Salle outlasted St. Joseph's for an 81-78 win on Saturday.
La Salle (10-13, 4-6 Atlantic 10) outscored the Hawks 13-7 in the last three minutes and Stukes put the Explorers up for good. Johnson and Pookie Powell made six free throws combined, and Taylor Funk and Shevar Newkirk each missed 3s for a chance to tie.
Right before halftime, following Pierfrancesco Oliva's 3, Johnson reeled off eight straight with a layup and two 3s in succession, Stukes added a layup and Powell made a pair of free throws and La Salle reduced its deficit to 41-38.
La Salle continued to chip away, tied it at 58 with Saul Phiri's two free throws and went up six with a pair of Jamir Moultrie 3s. Newkirk responded with back-to-back 3s to even it.
Moultrie scored 18 and Powell scored 15 with 11 assists.
For the Hawks (9-13, 4-6), Newkirk scored a career-high 30 points, James Demery scored 21 with 11 rebounds and Oliva scored 10.