NEW YORK -- Chet Stachitas matched his best scoring game with 27 points on a career-high six 3-pointers to lead Saint Joseph's to a 70-67 victory over Kansas last night in the Jimmy V Classic.
The senior forward made four 3-pointers in as many attempts over the final 14 minutes 27 seconds, but it was his free throw with 17 seconds to go that gave the Hawks (4-1) a 70-67 lead. Micah Downs of Kansas (3-4) let a 3-point attempt go from just in front of the Jayhawks bench with 5 seconds left but it bounced off the rim, and Saint Joseph's grabbed the rebound.
Stachitas, who had 27 points last season against Cal-Davis, was 6 for 7 from 3-point range and the Hawks finished 10 for 21 from beyond the arc, 6 for 9 in the second half. He entered the game shooting 62.5 percent (10 for 16) on threes.
Dwayne Lee added 13 points and seven assists for Saint Joseph's, while Ahmed Nivins had 11 points.
Freshmen Brandon Rush and Julian Wright each had 13 points for Kansas, which went 6 for 19 from the free throw line.
Rush missed two with 4:47 left and the Jayhawks down, 63-62, and Sasha Kaun missed two with 3:48 to go and the Hawks leading, 66-62.
Kaun, Kansas's leading scorer at 14.5 points per game, finished with 2 points and only took two shots.
The doubleheader at Madison Square Garden raises money for the V Foundation, which was started in memory of Jim Valvano, the former coach at North Carolina State, and provides funding for cancer research.