Kimble scores 26 as Saint Joseph's beats Loyola-Chicago

ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) Lamarr Kimble scored a career-high 26 points and Saint Joseph's pulled away in the second half to beat Loyola-Chicago 71-57 on Friday in the opening game of the Paradise Jam tournament.

Shavar Newkirk added 20 points for the Hawks (3-0), who led by as many as 14 points in the second half before the Ramblers (3-1) mounted a late comeback

Ahead 35-26 at the break, Saint Joseph's used a 14-4 run to take its biggest lead of the game, going up 53-39 on Kimble's 3-pointer with 8:34 remaining.

However, Loyola mounted its own run, outscoring the Hawks 13-4 over the next 3 1/2 minutes to pull within 57-52 on Aundre Jackson's layup with 5:08 left.

But Kimble hit a 3-pointer 30 seconds later to end the rally, and Saint Joseph's made 9 of 11 free throws over the final 82 seconds to clinch the win.

Jackson finished with 22 points for Loyola, with Clayton Custer adding 13 and Milton Doyle 10.