No. 25 Loyola Marymount 99, St. Joseph’s 96
PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Bo Kimble scored 54 points, including an off-balance 32-foot shot at the buzzer that gave No. 25 Loyola Marymount a 99-96 victory over lowly St. Joseph’s on Thursday night.
Kimble, the nation’s leading scorer with a 38.9 point average coming into the game, scored 27 of Loyola’s last 31 points, including the last nine. He made 17 of 33 shots and 15 of 16 free throws. Kimble scored 32 points in the second half.
Loyola (8-3) came into the game averaging 119 points but St. Joseph’s (1-9) held the Lions to 40 percent shooting (36 of 90). Besides Kimble, the other Lions were only 10 of 57 (33 percent).
Trailing 49-41 at halftime, St. Joseph’s outscored Loyola 19-8 at the start of the second half and took a 62-57 lead on a 3-point shot by Craig Amos. Loyola then scored 11 straight points and the teams battled evenly until Loyola took an 81-72 lead with 7:14 to go.
St. Joseph’s rallied behind Richard Stewart and led 88-86 on a 3-point shot by Mike Shaak with 3:16 remaining.
Kimble’s jump shot at 1:46 gave Loyola a 94-92 lead but Stewart countered with a jumper that tied the score 33 seconds later. Kimble and Amos traded layups and the score was tied with six seconds left.
Loyola called a timeout and inbounded the ball to Kimble, who dribbled near midcourt and shot his game-winning basket.
Hank Gathers added 11 points for Loyola. Stewart had a career-high 32 for St. Joseph’s, Shaak added 22 and Chris Gardler 20.
The game was the first for St. Joseph’s in newly renovated Alumni Fieldhouse and drew a sellout crowd of 3,200.