St. John's Falls to Delaware State, 79-72|
Nov. 29, 2016
QUEENS, N.Y. - Delaware State (2-5) made 58 percent of its shots from the floor overall and 53 percent of its attempts from beyond the three-point arc, defeating St. John's, 79-72, at Carnesecca Arena on Tuesday night.
Bashir Ahmed led the Red Storm (2-5) with a career-high 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting to go along with seven rebounds. Three other members of the Red Storm reached double figures, led by Shamorie Ponds with 15 points, nine rebounds, four assists and four steals. Marcus LoVett tallied double figures for the seventh time in as many tries with 13 points, while Federico Mussini added 11.
Kassoum Yakwe, the BIG EAST's leader in blocked shots, tied a career-high with seven rejections against the Hornets, while also scoring seven points, dishing out three assists and pulling down four rebounds.
The Hornets found it hard to miss early on, making 64 percent of their tries from the floor in the opening half, including four of their seven attempts from beyond the arc.
The Red Storm moved ahead by a pair, 21-19, following back-to-back threes from LoVett near the midway mark of the opening half, but Delaware State responded with a 9-0 run to take a seven-point advantage, 28-21.
St. John's pulled within one, 32-31, on an Ahmed three-ball with just over two minutes remaining in the opening stanza, but the Hornets carried a 38-34 advantage into the break.
Delaware State pulled ahead by as many as 15, 63-48, near the midway mark of the latter period after continuing to make shots at a substantial rate.
The Johnnies cut the lead to eight following five-straight points from Ahmed with just over six minutes to play and trimmed the deficit to just six following four points from Ponds a few minutes later. Turnovers and missed shots continued to plague the Red Storm; however, as it went nearly three minutes without a bucket down the stretch and saw the Hornets pull away for a 79-72 victory.
The Red Storm returns to action on Friday night, traveling to New Orleans for an 8 p.m. ET matchup with the Green Wave of Tulane. The game will be carried on ESPNEWS and 970 AM WNYM.