Ponds Poaches Pair of Weekly Awards|
Feb. 12, 2018
QUEENS, N.Y. - The driving force behind the NCAA's hottest team over the past 10 days, Shamorie Ponds has garnered both BIG EAST and national recognition for the second-straight week.
In addition to being named the BIG EAST Player of the Week for the second time in as many tries, Ponds was also named the National Player of the Week by NCAA.com's Andy Katz.
The sophomore averaged 35.0 points per game in a 2-0 week for the Red Storm that began with a win over No. 1/1 Villanova and concluded with a convincing home victory against Marquette at Carnesecca Arena. The win over the Wildcats marked the program's first against the nation's top ranked team since Jan. 26, 1985, when Ponds' head coach, Chris Mullin, scored a game-high 20 points to lead St. John's past Patrick Ewing and Georgetown, 66-65.
On Wednesday night in Philadelphia, Ponds scored a team-high 26 points to lead St. John's past Villanova and end the Wildcats' 54-game winning streak at home against unranked opponents. The Brooklyn native also grabbed five rebounds, dished out five assists and registered a pair of steals.
Returning home to Queens on Saturday afternoon, Ponds somehow found a way to one-up his nationally acclaimed performance against Villanova. The lefty sharpshooter tied for the fourth-highest scoring total in St. John's history and broke the Carnesecca Arena/Alumni Hall single-game men's basketball record with 44 points. The previous mark of 43 was set by the late, great Malik Sealy on Nov. 24, 1990, against Central Connecticut State, a game that saw St. John's score a school-record 135 points.
Over the team's past four games, a stretch that has seen the Red Storm go 3-1 and square off with three teams ranked in the top six of the national polls, Ponds is averaging 33.5 points per game with three outings of 31 points or more. On the season, the sophomore now ranks second in the BIG EAST at 21.4 points per game.