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St. Joe's hangs tough but loses to Davidson in Atlantic 10 Tournament quarterfinals

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St. Joe's hangs tough but loses to Davidson in Atlantic 10 Tournament quarterfinals

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NEW YORK — Jon Axel Gudmundsson scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lift second seed Davidson past 10th seed Saint Joseph's 70-60 in the Atlantic 10 Tournament quarterfinals Friday.

Kellan Grady also had 18 for the Wildcats, who will meet the winner of sixth seed Saint Louis and third seed Dayton in the second semifinal game Saturday. Davidson beat Saint Louis 54-53 on Jan. 26, but dropped a 74-73 decision to Dayton on Feb. 19

Luka Brajkovic finished with 15, and Carter Collins had 10. The Wildcats improved to 24-8.

Saint Joseph's season came to an end with the loss. The Hawks finished with a 13-19 record. Charlie Brown Jr. led Saint Joseph's with 16 points. Lamarr Kimble added 15, while Chris Clover chipped in with 12.

The teams had split the two regular season matchups, with each team winning on its home court.

The rubber match started slowly as neither team shot well in the first half. At halftime, Davidson led 27-26 despite making just 10 of its 37 shots from the field, while Saint Joseph's missed 23 of its 32 shots.

Perhaps the biggest play of the half was Gudmundsson's up-and-under layup with three seconds left. The lay-in gave the newly-named conference Player of the Year six points.

Davidson started the second half by outscoring Saint Joseph's 9-2 in the first 2:04 to extend the lead to seven, 35-28. But the Hawks would hang around before responding with a 12-2 run spanning 4:48 that would give them a 56-52 advantage.

The lead lasted 33 seconds, as Brajkovic and Grady knocked down jumpers on consecutive possessions to tie the game at 56-all. Following a timeout, a Collins putback and a Gudmundsson layup allowed the Wildcats to go ahead, 60-56.

Saint Joseph's drew even following a Taylor Funk layup and two Brown free throws. But Gudmundsson responded with a 3-point play and two-handed jam on Davidson's next two possessions to give the Wildcats a 65-60 lead that they would not relinquish.

St. Joe's can't handle VCU on the road

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St. Joe's can't handle VCU on the road

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RICHMOND, Va. — Marcus Evans had 23 points as VCU won its 12th consecutive game, topping Saint Joseph's 75-63 on Friday night.

Issac Vann had 15 points for VCU (25-6, 16-2 Atlantic 10 Conference). De'Riante Jenkins added 11 points and six rebounds. Marcus Santos-Silva had nine rebounds for the hosts.

Charlie Brown had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Hawks (13-18, 6-12). Lamarr Kimble added 15 points. Jared Bynum had 10 points.

St. Joe's falls at Davidson despite 20 points from Charlie Brown

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St. Joe's falls at Davidson despite 20 points from Charlie Brown

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DAVIDSON, N.C. —  Jon Axel Gudmundsson had 21 points as Davidson stretched its home winning streak to seven games, beating Saint Joseph's 80-72 on Friday night.

Luke Frampton had 18 points and six rebounds for Davidson (19-6, 10-2 Atlantic 10 Conference). KiShawn Pritchett added 18 points. Luka Brajkovic had 12 rebounds for the home team.

Davidson posted a season-high 15 3-pointers.

Charlie Brown had 20 points and eight rebounds for the Hawks (11-15, 4-9). Chris Clover added 17 points and 10 rebounds. Troy Holston had 10 points.

The Wildcats evened the season series against the Hawks with the win. Saint Joseph's defeated Davidson 61-60 on Jan. 15. Davidson matches up against Dayton at home on Tuesday. Saint Joseph's plays UMass on the road next Saturday.