Newkirk, Kimble help St. Joseph's beat Toledo 77-76
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Shavar Newkirk scored 28 points and Lamarr Kimble added 16 – both career highs – to help Saint Joseph's hold on for a 77-76 win over Toledo in the season opener for both teams on Saturday night.
Newkirk hit 9 of 16 from the field, including 3 of 4 from 3-point range, with a career-best seven rebounds and three assists. James Demery added 11 points and tied a career high with eight rebounds.
Steve Taylor Jr.'s jumper gave Toledo a 71-70 lead with 2:04 to play but St. Joe's got a pair of offensive rebounds on its next possession before a putback by Markell Lodge, and then a jumper and two free throws by Newkirk, gave the Hawks the lead – 76-71 – for good.
Jonathan Williams led Toledo with 18 points. Steve Taylor Jr. added 14 points with seven rebounds and Daniel Dzierzawski had 13 points.