Funk’s record-setting effort leads Saint Joseph’s to third-place Paycom Wooden Legacy win


Forward Taylor Funk scored 29 points, connecting on a tournament-record eight 3-pointers, and the Hawks (3-3) withstood rally after rally by Georgetown (2-3) to capture third place with a 77-74 victory at the Anaheim Arena here Friday evening at the Paycom Wooden Legacy.

Saint Joseph’s led by as many as 13 points in the first half, but after taking a 10-point halftime lead, relentless Georgetown twice took the lead in the second half, the last time at with 8:10 left on a jumper in the lane by guard Dante Harris.

Eighteen seconds later, Funk nailed his eighth 3-pointer to help the Hawks retake the lead. The game was tied at 66-66 with 5:12 left but a short jump hook by Ekije Obinna gave the lead back to Saint Joseph’s for good.

“It’s definitely the best shooting game of my life,” Funk said. “It felt good. It was fun. I can’t take all the credit. I had a really good conversation with Ejike and I said ‘Listen, man, I’m going to play with you, you play with me, let’s focus on screens’ and he really dialed in. Coach gave him a really big compliment before this game that you tell him something, he is just so quick to do it. He doesn’t need time to adjust to what we say.”

Obinna added 17 points and five rebounds and forward Jordan Hall had 13 points, five rebounds and eight assists. Funk made 9 of 11 shots from the field and also had seven rebounds, a block and four steals.

Georgetown guard Kaiden Rice joined the shotout, hitting seven 3-pointers on the way to 25 points. Harris had 17 points and six assists and guard Donald Cacrey chipped in 12 points for the Hoyas.

“I told the guys before the game that (Funk) is just like our Kaiden Rice,” Georgetown coach Patrick Ewing said. “He can shoot, he can make shots, he can make deep shots. He made us pay.

“Our downfall tonight was turnovers. Our last three or four possessions, we turned it over and we can’t do that.”