LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Ronald Roberts scored 21 points and Saint Joseph’s beat Washington State 72-67 Sunday in the fifth-place game at the Old Spice Classic.
Langston Galloway and DeAndre Bembry added 13 points each for the Hawks (4-2).
“I liked that our guys today, they did little things like hustle plays, getting on the floor, rebounding and stuff,” Roberts said.
Washington State (3-4) got 25 points from DaVonte Lacy. The junior guard from Curtis High School in University Place has 10 consecutive games of double-digit scoring.
Lacy made 9 of 14 shots from the field and also had team-high totals of six rebounds and four assists.
WSU is off until it plays at Idaho on Saturday.
Saint Joseph’s went ahead 66-65 when Roberts had a dunk and made a free throw to complete a three-point play with 3:22 left. Roberts made the score 68-65 with another slam on the Hawks’ next possession.
After Roberts had a rebound basket, Lacy’s layup cut the Hawks’ lead to 70-67 with 1:04 to play. Saint Joseph’s secured the victory by making two free throws over the final 24 seconds.
“We come back, take a lead and that last four, five, six minutes, we got outplayed,” Cougars coach Ken Bone said. “I thought Saint Joseph’s just outplayed us down the stretch when things were getting tight. A critical part of the game, we’ve got to execute on both ends of the floor and they executed. We didn’t execute as well as we needed to win the game.”
Lacy and Dexter Kernich-Drew each made three-point baskets during a 14-4 run early in the second half.
A basket by Josh Hawkinson, a freshman forward from Shorewood High in Shoreline, and a three-pointer by Lacy put the Cougars up 61-55 with 5:56 remaining.