St. John's Edged by Seton Hall in Overtime, 81-74|
Feb. 24, 2018
NEW YORK - After trading blows with Seton Hall for the first 40 minutes, the St. John's men's basketball team came up short in overtime, falling to the Pirates, 81-74, on Saturday before a crowd of 18,840 at Madison Square Garden. Shamorie Ponds scored 19 of his game-high 25 points in the second half to go with six assists in the Johnnies' first home loss of February.
Marvin Clark II recorded his first double-double with 19 points and a career-high 10 rebounds, while Bashir Ahmed was the third Red Storm player to record double-figures with 12 points to go along with six rebounds. Justin Simon added eight points, five assists and four rebounds in the Red Storm's regular-season finale at The Garden.
Pirate seniors Khadeen Carrington and Angel Delgado combined for 10 of the team's 11 points in overtime to lift Seton Hall to its third-straight win. Carrington paced The Hall with 22 points, six of which came in the final 62 seconds of the contest. Delgado recorded his 20th double-double of the season, finishing with 14 points and 13 rebounds.
In a back-and-forth affair, neither team managed to open a lead larger than six before the closing seconds in the 99th all-time meeting between the programs.
Seton Hall (20-9, 9-7) jumped out to an early 11-5 advantage before the Johnnies unleashed its full court press, which led to eight-straight points in the span of just 37 seconds. Ahmed converted a three-point play that was followed by a triple from Bryan Trimble Jr. Simon then capitalized on Carrington's second turnover during the sequence with a layup that gave the Johnnies a 13-11 advantage.
The Red Storm (14-15, 3-13) continued its offensive surge, opening its largest lead of the game, 20-15, midway into the first half. Ahmed, who scored eight points on the 15-4 run, finished another and-one that was followed by a put-back layup. Ponds then put the Johnnies up five with his first bucket of the day at the 11:03 mark.
The Pirates answered by scoring the game's next five points to even the contest. Carrington drained a triple and Ismael Sanogo sank a jumper to lock the game at 20 with 9:24 on the clock. Over the next seven minutes, there were five ties and five lead changes before Sanogo scored four of his team's final eight points to give the Pirates a 38-34 advantage at the half.
St. John's used an 11-5 spurt, which was capped by five-straight points from Clark, to regain the lead less than four minutes into the second half. The redshirt junior from Kansas City gave the Red Storm a two-point edge with his first of three triples in the latter stanza. The Johnnies matched their largest lead of the game, 52-47, on another Clark three with 13:04 remaining, but the Pirates responded with a 12-2 run and did not trail the rest of the way.
Facing a four-point deficit with 2:41 left in regulation, the Red Storm dug deep to force overtime. After Clark drained his third three-pointer of the afternoon, Ponds scored the team's final four points to tie the game at 70 on a pair of free throws with just 16 ticks on the clock. The Johnnies made a key defensive stop on the final possession of regulation, as Simon contested Myles Powell's three-point attempt at the buzzer that was off the mark.
In overtime, Delgado bulldozed his way through the paint for back-to-back buckets in the opening minute to put the Pirates on top for good. After a couple of empty possessions for the Johnnies, Tariq Owens picked up his fifth foul with 1:35 remaining and Seton Hall sealed the game by hitting 5-of-6 attempts at the line.
St. John's returns to action on Wednesday against Butler at Carnesecca Arena. Tip off is scheduled for 9 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.
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