Jan. 4, 2014
WASHINGTON - St. John's shot 56.7 percent (17-of-30) after the break and committed just one turnover as part of a 44-point second half effort, but a 42-16 halftime deficit proved too much to overcome as the Red Storm was defeated on the road by Georgetown, 77-60.
Max Hooper drained 4-of-5 3-pointers and scored a team-high 13 points to lead St. John's (9-5, 0-2), while Sir'Dominic Pointer finished with 11 points, three blocks and three steals in his first start this season. D'Angelo Harrison went just 1-of-12 from the floor and finished with four points, his first game not reaching double-figures since Feb. 24, 2013 against Pittsburgh. The Red Storm shot just 21.4 percent (6-of-28) and committed 10 turnovers in the opening stanza.
"Georgetown dominated the first half. Our effort and execution were better in the second half, but this league is too strong to not compete for 40 minutes," said St. John's head coach Steve Lavin. "We're now 0-2 like Georgetown was at this point last year and we will turn our attention to preparing for a very good Villanova team. Clearly we need to put two halves together if we expect to be able to win."
D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera made 6-of-7 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 31 points to lead Georgetown (10-3, 2-0). Markel Starks added 12 points for the Hoyas, who shot 56.1 percent (23-of-41) from the floor and 69.2 percent (9-of-13) from distance. Georgetown posted a +7 margin (37-30) on the glass and totaled 17 assists, but also committed 18 turnovers in the game.
Georgetown led by as many as 33 in the second half, including a 59-26 lead with 13:15 to play, before a pair of quick 3s from Hooper helped the Red Storm begin to chip into the deficit. The Hoyas still led 62-32 at the 11:22 mark before back-to-back Phil Greene IV jumpers capped a 14-3 run that brought St. John's to within 19 at 65-46. After Georgetown pushed its lead back up to 24 points at 71-47, the Red Storm answered again as a Hooper 3 capped a 13-4 run that made it a 15-point ballgame with 24 seconds to play.
After a Smith-Rivera trey opened the game, Khadim Ndiaye answered with a jumper before two more 3s from Smith-Rivera put the Hoyas up 11-4 at the first media timeout. The Hoyas eventually opened up an 11-point lead before a Harrison jumper cut the deficit to 15-6 at the 14:25 mark. Georgetown, however, followed with an 18-4 run and St. John's trailed 33-10 with 4:22 left in the half. The Hoyas led by as many as 28 in the opening stanza, but a Pointer bucket at the buzzer made it a 42-16 game at the break.
Jan. 11 marks the 108th meeting between St. John's and its most-frequently played opponent, No. 11/14 Villanova (1 p.m., FOX Sports 1). The BIG EAST matchup is one of seven at The Garden.