Courtesy of SJUHawks.com
PHILADELPHIA – Charlie Brown, Jr., scored 19 of his game-high 21 points in the second half as Saint Joseph’s (2-0) pulled away from Monmouth, 78-63, at Hagan Arena for its second win. Lamarr Kimble added 19 points and redshirt sophomore Lorenzo Edwards scored a career-high 11 points.
Having played just five first-half minutes after picking up two fouls, Brown scored eight straight to open the second half, giving SJU a 37-25 lead. That started a 14-5 run for the Hawks which saw them gain a 43-28 advantage in the first four minutes.
Another 8-0 run by SJU, which included a three-point play from Brown, gave the Hawks a 19-point margin, 55-36, their biggest of the game at 11:26. Monmouth would come no closer than 13 points the rest of the way.
The Hawks shot poorly in the first half, hitting just 28 percent from the field, but led by as many as nine. Monmouth cut it to 25-23, but Anthony Longpré and Kimble finished out the half, giving SJU a 29-23 edge at intermission.
Edwards converted 5-of-7 from the field in 15 minutes, his first game action of the season. Kimble made 8-of-10 from the foul line for SJU and grabbed six rebounds while Pierfrancesco Oliva handed out five assists and had a team-high 10 rebounds, for his second straight game with double-figure boards.
Saint Joseph’s committed only six turnovers in the win, while forcing 15 by Monmouth.
Monmouth (0-3) was led by Ray Salnave with 14 points. Mustapha Traore and Deion Hammond had 12 points apiece.
The Hawks head to the Myrtle Beach Invitational for three games, starting with a matchup against Wake Forest (1-0) on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. (ESPNU)