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Instant Replay: Fordham 86, St. Joe's 83 (2 OT)

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Instant Replay: Fordham 86, St. Joe's 83 (2 OT)

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Fordham’s Antwonie Anderson hit a buzzer-beating three to send St. Joe's to an 86-83 double-overtime loss Saturday night at Hagan Arena. 

St. Joe's (10-12, 3-7 A-10) dropped its second straight home game while Fordham (10-13, 4-6 A-10) won its second straight on the road. 

First half
Charlie Brown was the reason St. Joe’s was able to stay afloat after another slow start. His three triples in the first half helped give the Hawks a 19-11 advantage early on. He kept the hot hand going later in the game as he drained three more from beyond the arc and set a new career-high with 22 points.

Despite his hot start, Brown was scoreless in both overtimes.

Lamarr Kimble led the way for that Hawks with 24 points, four rebounds and five assists.

To go to overtime
St. Joe's led by 15 with 9:44 left, but Fordham used a 9-0 run to get within 61-59 with one minute remaining in the game.

With 15 seconds left in the game, Lamarr Kimble drained a go-ahead three to give the Hawks a 64-62 lead. Fordham’s Joe Chartouny answered right back as he hit a game-tying basket to force overtime.
 
To go to overtime... again
Chris Clover drove baseline and scored to pull St. Joe's within two, 75-73. After a foul and two missed free throws from Fordham, Kimble was fouled going for a layup with 5 seconds left. He drained both free throws to tie the game and force a second overtime.
 
By the numbers 
• Tonight's game was Phil Martelli's 350th A-10 game. His 201 wins are second-most in league history. 

• This was the first double-overtime game for St. Joe’s since Feb. 29, 2012 and the first overtime game for St. Joe's this season. 

What’s next
St. Joe's will be on the road Tuesday to visit Dayton. 

Fordham will be back in Philadelphia Wednesday to take on La Salle. 

Knicks will reportedly reach out to Jay Wright about coaching job

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Knicks will reportedly reach out to Jay Wright about coaching job

Fresh off a second national championship in three years, this was bound to happen. Jay Wright is a hot name. 

And according to the New York Daily News, the Knicks plan on reaching out to Wright about their vacant head coaching job. 

Just don’t expect Wright to be interested. 

The 56-year-old coach has been determined to build Villanova into a powerhouse since he took the head coaching gig way back in 2001 and he’s finally done that. On the surface, maybe some think that would be enough to make him want to take his coaching to the top league in the world. Not so fast. 

In a recent interview with The Athletic, Wright said pretty flatly that he’s staying at Villanova because he loves it there. 

“The NBA does intrigue me,” Wright said. “That challenge is appealing but it’s not worth giving up working with these guys. The whole thing is, to take a new challenge you have to give up what you have. I don’t want to give up what I have. Would I like to coach in the NBA? Yes. But I have to give this up in order to do that, and I don’t see that happening.”

In that interview, Wright talked about his time at Hofstra and quoted Jim Valvano, who once said, ‘Don’t mess with happy.’ That was true at Hofstra until the Villanova job came around, so maybe there’s a chance the Knicks could blow him away. It just doesn’t seem likely. 

The Knicks just fired head coach Jeff Hornacek after a 29-53 record in 2017. The Knicks haven’t had a winning record since 2012-13. 

The New York Daily News cites a source, who said the Knicks believe Wright would be a “perfect candidate for a rebuilding club.” The Knicks might be right, but don’t bet on them getting Wright. 

Jalen Brunson hires agent, declares for NBA draft

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Jalen Brunson hires agent, declares for NBA draft

Villanova is losing its second star player in two days. 

Guard Jalen Brunson has decided to hire an agent and enter the 2018 NBA Draft, he wrote in a letter to Nova Nation on ESPN. He will forego his senior season at Villanova after an incredible college career. 

This news comes a day after his teammate Mikal Bridges announced he will also head to the NBA draft.

“It is with great honor and privilege that I have called Villanova University my home for the past three years,” Brunson wrote in ESPN. “When I decided to commit to Coach Jay Wright and the basketball program, I was driven by three goals: getting my education, competing at the highest level and winning a national championship. While I pride myself on remaining disciplined and focused to achieve these goals, I have grown as a man and have established lifelong relationships with my teammates, classmates, members of the basketball staff, fellow student-athletes and the wonderful educators and administrators of this prestigious university.”

Brunson leaves Villanova as one of the greatest players in Wildcats history, helping lead Villanova to its second national championship in three years. 

The 6-foot-3 guard averaged 18.9 points, 4.6 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game this season. Brunson was named the Big East Player of the Year and was the Wooden Award and Naismith Award winner this season.