Feb. 9, 2018
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The Last Meeting
February 21, 2017
Milwaukee, Wis. (BMO Harris Bradley Center)
Marquette Tops St. John's, 93-71
For the second-straight game, the Red Storm suffered a setback at the hands of a sharpshooting opponent on the road, as Marquette made 57 percent of its tries from the floor and sank 12 of its 24 chances from beyond the arc, topping St. John's 93-71 at BMO Harris Bradley Center.
QUEENS, N.Y. - On the heels of a memorable five-day stretch that saw the Johnnies knock off back-to-back top-5 opponents, the St. John's men's basketball team returns to the hardwood on Saturday to host Marquette (14-10, 5-7) at Carnesecca Arena. FOX Sports Networks will carry the 31st all-time meeting between the Red Storm and Golden Eagles at noon. The telecast can be seen locally on YES Network.
FOX Sports announcers Rich Ackerman and Vin Parise are on the call for Saturday's broadcast that will also be streamed on FOX Sports Go. John Minko and Brandon Tierney can be heard on the St. John's IMG Radio broadcast airing on 970 AM WNYM and TuneIn Radio.
The Johnnies captured national headlines earlier this week after taking down No. 1/1 Villanova and No. 4/5 Duke, which marked the first time in program history St. John's defeated consecutive top-5 opponents. Shamorie Ponds anchored the Red Storm's stellar performances, as the sophomore from Brooklyn elevated his game to a new level averaging 29.5 points against two of the top backcourts in college basketball.
Ponds was magnificent against Duke on Saturday in Midtown Manhattan, pouring in 33 points on 12-of-23 shooting from the field. The 6-foot-1 guard buried four 3-pointers, none more important than his clutch triple with 38 ticks on the clock that helped propel the Red Storm to its second win in its last three meetings with the Blue Devils at Madison Square Garden.
In addition to Ponds, upperclassmen Bashir Ahmed and Tariq Owens shined under the bright lights at "The World's Most Famous Arena," finishing with 19 and 17 points, respectively. Ahmed found his touch from distance, burying 3-of-4 attempts from 3-point range, while Owens helped neutralize one of the most talented front courts in the nation.
Momentum from Saturday's win followed the Johnnies to Philadelphia five days later, as St. John's enjoyed another milestone moment defeating the Wildcats, 79-75, for the program's first victory over the top ranked team in the nation since 1985. Ponds was brilliant once again, posting 26 points, five rebounds and five assists, while the Red Storm's four other starters each chipped in solid efforts.
Justin Simon registered his team-leading sixth double-double of the season against Villanova, and narrowly missed a triple double with seven assists. Marvin Clark II scored five of his 15 points in the final two minutes, as the redshirt junior converted an and-one and then drained a pair of free-throws with seven seconds left to help seal the win.
Owens added nine points, nine rebounds and two blocks, while Ahmed scored 10 points.
Saturday's showdown with Marquette is the Red Storm's first contest in Queens since being edged by then No. 6/6 Xavier, 73-68, on Jan. 30. It is the first of two meetings with the Golden Eagles in the next three games for the Johnnies.
St. John's (12-13, 1-11) split its regular-season series with Marquette last season, as both teams held serve on their home court. In the teams' last meeting in New York City, the Johnnies rallied for a 14-point win at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 1, 2017 behind a 23-point performance from Ahmed.
Winners in nine of 15 meetings as BIG EAST rivals, the Golden Eagles enter Saturday's contest coming off an 88-85 victory over Seton Hall on Wednesday in Newark. Markus Howard led the way for Marquette with a game-high 32 points on 9-of-13 shooting with four triples. Howard and backcourt mate Andrew Rowsey are the top scoring duo in the BIG EAST averaging 22.0 points and 18.8 points, respectively.
After its brief stint home, the Red Storm will hit the road for its next two games, beginning with Wednesday's contest against DePaul in Chicago.