Sometime the best things in life aren't free

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Sometime the best things in life aren't free

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Jalen Johnson and Aaron Hines each scored 11 points and Davell Roby's free throw with three seconds left gave St. Louis a 60-59 win over St. Joseph's on Wednesday night.

Johnson made a 3-pointer with 1:52 left and St. Louis led 59-53. Taylor Funk made a layup, and after Javon Bess turned it over, Shavar Newkirk buried a 3 to bring St. Joseph's within a point. Jordan Goodwin committed a turnover before Aaron Hines fouled Newkirk who went to the line and made 1 of 2 to tie with 13 seconds left. Newkirk fouled Roby who went to the line and made 1 of 2.

Nick Robinson's 3 gave the Hawks their last lead at 51-50 before Johnson's 3 with 3:08 put St. Louis (12-11, 5-5 Atlantic 10) back up. Hasahn French and Roby each scored 10. Roby made up for 1-of-13 shooting from the field with a 7-of-10 effort from the foul line. French and Roby combined for 17 rebounds.

Funk led the Hawks (9-12, 4-5) with 21 points and Newkirk scored 16.

Saint Joseph's can't slow down Justin Jaworski, Lafayette

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Saint Joseph's can't slow down Justin Jaworski, Lafayette

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Justin Jaworski scored a career-high 31 points and Lafayette defeated Saint Joseph’s 94-71 Tuesday night, continuing its best start in four seasons.

Jaworski was the first 30-point scorer for the Leopards since the 2017-18 season. He was 10-for-17 from the field, making 5 of 10 3-pointers and making all six of his free throws. He also dished three assists.

The last 30-point scorer for Lafayette was Matt Klinewski, going off for 30 against Saint Peter’s Nov. 26, 2017.

Myles Cherry added 15 points on 6-for-7 shooting, and Lukas Jarrett scored 13 for Lafayette, which was coming off a nine-day holiday break.

The Leopards (5-2) have won three straight and are off to their best start since the 2014-15 season opened 7-2.

Lafayette had 20 assists on 34 baskets, shot 55% for the game (34-for-62) and made 14 of 28 3-pointers.

Ryan Daly led Saint Joseph’s (2-7) with 25 points, six rebounds and five assists. Cameron Brown added a career-high 13 points, Lorenzo Edwards 12.

The Hawks have dropped their last six.

Ryan Daly scores 30 and St. Joe's holds off UConn on the road

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Ryan Daly scores 30 and St. Joe's holds off UConn on the road

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STORRS, Conn. — Ryan Daly scored 30 points as Saint Joseph’s held off UConn 96-87 on Wednesday night.

Rahim Moore added 22 points and Myles Douglas had 18 for the Hawks (2-1), who led by as many as 27-points in the first half and never trailed.

Christian Vital had 26 points for UConn (1-1) and Alterique Gilbert added 22 for the Huskies, who cut the deficit to three points in the second half before running out of gas.

The Hawks opened the game with a 14-0 run. While UConn missed its first nine shots, St. Joe’s hit five of its first seven, including three of four from 3-point range.

Gilbert paused the bleeding for a moment with UConn’s first basket, a driving layup that came more than four minutes into the game.

But a 3-pointer by Daly pushed St. Joe’s lead over 20-points at 34-12 midway through the first half and the Hawks extended that to 46-19. Daly had 21 points by halftime, hitting five of his first seven shots from 3-point range.

It was 54-38 at the break and 69-48 with 12 ½ minutes left.

UConn went to a pressing defense and quickly cut into that deficit, outscoring the Hawks 21-4 over the next four minutes. The run was capped by a driving layup from Vital that made it 73-69.

The Huskies got as close as 79-76 after two free throws from Vital. But Daly hit a 3-pointer on the other end and St. Joe’s outscored UConn 17-11 down the stretch.

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UConn is 6-3 all-time against St. Joe’s. This was the first meeting between the two schools since the first round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament. UConn won that game 89-81 in overtime, beginning their run to a fourth national title.

Saint Joseph’s made 13 of its 33 shots from 3-points range, but only 3 of 12 in the second half. The Hawks have put up 101 3-pointers in three games.

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St. Joseph’s continues its three-game road swing with a trip to Loyola Chicago

It doesn’t get any easier for UConn, which wraps up its opening three-game campus homestand on Sunday with a game against No. 15 Florida.