UK commitment Karl Towns provided a handful of highlights in the first game of his junior season, but he and his St. Joseph (N.J.) teammates left the floor with a rare loss Friday night.
Towns scored 18 points despite playing with foul trouble for much of the game, which St. Joe lost to East Brunswick by a 58-54 margin. The contest was broadcast live online by MSG Varsity.
Towns’ first points of the season came on a step-back three-pointer that banked in off the glass. Later in the first half, he took his defender off the dribble with a spin move and drove to the basket. He finished the move with a running layup, got fouled and made the free throw for a three-point play.
The St. Joe student section was chanting “N-B-A” during some of Towns’ early free throws, and the Falcons looked like they would coast to an easy victory.
But Towns picked up his third personal foul midway through the second quarter and went to the bench for the rest of the half. He was in and out in the third quarter and was called for another foul early in the fourth, allowing East Brunswick to stay in the game.
Towns was fouled on a three-point attempt With St. Joe trailing by three points and 12.4 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. The 7-foot center made the first two free throws but missed the third, which would have tied the game at 54.
East Brunswick hit its free throws down the stretch to put the Falcons away.
Towns led St. Joseph to a state championship and 29-2 record as a freshman last season. The Falcons will play again Sunday at 5:30 p.m. That game will also be shown live by MSGVarsity.com, and Kentucky Coach John Calipari is expected to be in attendance.