St. John's Falls to Penn State, 92-76, at Madison Square Garden|
Dec. 18, 2016
NEW YORK - Playing its first game of the year inside "The World's Most Famous Arena," St. John's suffered a 92-76 loss at the hands of Penn State on Sunday in the ECAC Holiday Festival.
Malik Ellison paced the Red Storm, sinking eight of his 11 tries from the floor and five of his six chances from beyond the arc to finish with a game-high 22 points, a new career high.
Tariq Owens also tallied new career highs in scoring and rebounding, pouring in 11 points and grabbing 11 boards for his first collegiate double-double. The redshirt sophomore also recorded career-highs with three steals and three assists.
Reaching double figures for the 11th straight game, Shamorie Ponds tallied 12 points, five rebounds and four assists.
Marcus LoVett also reached double figures in his first game since December 2, netting 10 points. The redshirt freshman guard from Fort Wayne, Ind., missed the team's last three games with injury.
After Ellison sank back-to-back 3-pointers to extend the Red Storm's lead to seven, 24-17, with 9:47 to go in the first half, Penn State unleashed a 35-5 run over the remainder of the period, taking a 52-29 lead into the locker room.
The Red Storm ramped up its defensive pressure at the start of the second half, uncorking a 15-4 run to pull within 16, 62-46, with 12:03 remaining in the game.
Penn State built its lead back to as many as 24 with just over six minutes to go, but the Red Storm cut the deficit to 16 again on three occasions down the stretch.
St. John's returns to action on Wednesday night, traveling to Syracuse for a 7 p.m. match up with the Orange.