St. John's Falls to DePaul, 91-74|
Jan. 6, 2018
QUEENS, N.Y. -
The St. John's men's basketball team dropped its BIG EAST contest with DePaul on Saturday afternoon falling 91-74 inside Carnesecca Arena.
Bashir Ahmed tallied 21 points for the second-straight game to lead the Johnnies (10-6, 0-4), finishing just two off his career high. The senior from the Bronx also grabbed seven boards.
DePaul (8-8, 1-3) dominated the rebounding battle against St. John's, outboarding the Red Storm by a 46-30 margin, including a 15-11 edge on the offensive glass.
The Blue Demons found it hard to miss on the afternoon, shooting 49 percent from the floor (30-of-61) and 47 percent from three-point range (9-of-19).
Leading 15-12 with seven minutes gone in the first half, St. John's saw the Blue Demons uncork a 12-0 run to move ahead by nine, 24-15, less than four minutes later.
The Johnnies quickly responded with five unanswered on a three ball from Amar Alibegovic and a Ponds jumper to get within four, 24-20, but the Blue Demons continued to convert on their chances and dominate the offensive glass.
After being down as many as 10, 33-23, the Red Storm closed the half with four straight while holding the Blue Demons scoreless for the final 1:35, pulling within four, 42-38, at the break.
The Red Storm came within two on a pair of occasions in the opening minutes of the second half, but never climbed even with the Blue Demons.
Leading by five, 51-46, DePaul scored seven unanswered to move ahead by 12, 58-46, on a Marin Maric banked 3-pointer with 14 minutes remaining in regulation.
The Johnnies cut the deficit to six, 66-60, with just under nine minutes to play, but the Blue Demons slowly pulled away over the remainder of the contest.
St. John's returns to "The World's Most Famous Arena" on Tuesday, playing host to the Hoyas of Georgetown at 6:30 p.m. in the first sideline meeting between Chris Mullin and Patrick Ewing.