St. John’s was making its 20th appearance in the BIG EAST Tournament quarterfinals and first since 2003 and is 25-25 all-time in the BIG EAST Tournament.
St. John’s lost for the first time this season (9-1) when four players finished in double-figures.
The Red Storm lost for just the second time (17-2) when shooting better than the opposition. St. John’s shot 47.4 percent (27-of-57), while Syracuse was 44.1 percent (26-of-59). St. John’s also lost for just the fourth time (13-4) when leading at the break.
The Red Storm held a +2 margin (38-36) on the boards against a Syracuse team that entered the game with an average rebounding margin of +4.1.
St. John’s turned the ball 19 times, its most since having 25 miscues at Louisville on Jan. 19.
Dwight Hardy registered his 14th 20-point effort of the season with a team-high 22 points. Hardy was 2-of-6 from long range to notch at least two 3s for the 16th time this season.
Sean Evans scored 11 points and added a season-high 12 rebounds to notch his first double-double of the season and the 11th in his career. Evans last had a double-double against Connecticut (19 points, 10 rebounds) in the first round of the 2010 BIG EAST Tournament. Evans averaged 12.0 points and 10.5 rebounds in this year’s tournament and has averaged 13.8 points and 9.5 rebounds in his past four BIG EAST Tournament games.
With a nine-point effort, Justin Burrell became the 47th player in St. John’s history to reach the 1,000 point plateau. Burrell, who finished the game with 1,006 points, joins classmates D.J. Kennedy (1,504) and Paris Horne (1,188) in the 1,000-point club.
Horne finished with a pair of 3-pointers and now has 146 in his career, just four shy of tying Willie Shaw (150) for the St. John’s record.
Justin Brownlee finished with double-figures for the fifth-straight game and 23rd time this season with a 15-point effort. Brownlee has averaged 12.8 points and 6.6 rebounds in the past five games.