(8) Saint Joseph’s could not complete the upset of (1) Oregon, as the Hawks lost 69-64 in the second round of the West Regional. The Hawks entered halftime down five despite star DeAndre’ Bembry and leading scorer Isaiah Miles only combing for 4 first half points.
SJU led 58-51 with a little over five minutes remaining in the second half but were unable to close out the game due in large part to Oregon’s forward Dillon Brooks and guard Tyler Dorsey. Brooks scored a game-high 25 points, while Dorsey hit clutch shots down the stretch to help Oregon advance into the Sweet 16.
In the final minute of the game, SJU still had a chance to comeback but two costly turnovers all but ended their postseason run.
Bembry led SJU with 16 points and 12 rebounds in 40 minutes. Miles and senior Aaron Brown had 8 and 10 points, respectively. Brown fouled out with over four minutes remaining in the game but scored 9 of his 10 points in the first half, which kept the Hawks in the game early on.
Lamarr “Fresh” Kimble played an essential role for SJU in this contest. The freshman led a 23-6 run that allowed them to rebound from a 10-point deficit and gave the Hawks the aforementioned 58-51 lead with 5 minutes left. Kimble tallied 11 points but his impact on the game could not be measured in a boxscore.
Dorsey finished the game with 14 points and forward Elgin Cook scored 18 points for the Ducks.
SJU finishes the season (28-8) and as champions of the Atlantic-10 conference tournament. In no way does this loss define their incredible campaign. After a disappointing 2014-2015 season, Phil Martelli and company surprised everyone with their play this year. They went 24-7 in the regular season, won the Atlantic-10 conference tournament and defeated (9) Cincinnati in the first round of the West Regional. Not too bad for a team that only won 13 games last season.
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