Clover leads Saint Joseph’s over Davidson, 61-60, for first A-10 win

Courtesy of SJUHawks.com

PHILADELPHIA — Senior Chris Clover connected on a three-pointer with 59 seconds to play, and scored a season-high 18 points, to lead Saint Joseph’s to a 61-60 win over first-place Davidson (12-5; 3-1 A-10) in Atlantic 10 action at Hagan Arena. The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Hawks (8-9; 1-4 A-10) and marked their first conference win of the year.

With Davidson holding a 60-58 lead with two minutes to go, the teams traded missed shots and missed free throws. The Wildcats owned the ball with :26 to play and Kellan Grady, who was guarded by Clover, missed on a jumper at :26. Davidson got the ball back and had two more shots in the final six seconds but couldn’t convert.

Clover, starting in place of the injured Lamarr Kimble, shot 6-for-11 from the fiel and connected on a career-high four three-pointers. Freshman Jared Bynum scored 12 points and handed out a career-high nine assists, Graduate transfer Troy Holston came off the bench to notch double figures for the first time as a Hawk with 11 points, including three three-pointers, while Charlie Brown, Jr., also added 11 for SJU.

Davidson was led by Jon Axel Gudmunsson with 14 points and 12 rebounds while Luke Frampton scored 13. Grady added 11 points for the Wildcats, who saw their three-game winning streak come to an end.

Saint Joseph’s fell behind by seven, 42-35, early in the second half, but scored eight consecutive points, with threes from Brown and Clover, to go up, 43-42. After Saint Joseph’s increased it to 48-44 on a three by Holston, the teams traded leads and ties the rest of the way, with neither squad leading by more than two points.

Davidson took a quick 14-4 lead to open the game but the Hawks went on a 13-2 run to take their first lead of the game, 17-16, on a basket by Holston at 7:08.

The Wildcats ran off eight straight points, with five from Gudmunsson, to go back up, 31-23, but Bynum connected on a three at the halftime buzzer to pull SJU within 31-26 at the break.

It marked the first game for the Hawks without Lamarr Kimble and Pierfrancesco Oliva, who both suffered injuries in Saturday’s game at Duquesne. Kimble is sidelined indefinitely with a fracture in his hand and Oliva is out for the year with a knee injury.

The Hawks have a quick turnaround and go back on the road on Friday for the A-10 ESPN Friday Night Showcase at Saint Louis at 7 p.m. (Eastern).

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.