Dec. 6, 2017
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The Last Meeting
November 28, 2010
Anchorage, Alaska (Sullivan Arena)
St. John's Surges Past Arizona State, 67-58, To Win First Great Alaska Shootout Title
St. John's shot 64.0 percent (16-for-25) in the second half to rally from a 10-point halftime deficit and win its first Great Alaska Shootout title with a 67-58 triumph against Arizona State. Justin Brownlee, who was named the Shootout's Most Outstanding Player as well as the player of the game, had 20 points to lead the Red Storm in scoring for the third-straight contest and Dwight Hardy added 14 points, all of which came in the second half of action.
LOS ANGELES – Riding a three-game win streak, the St. John’s men’s basketball team will embark on its toughest test of the young season on Friday night when the Johnnies square off with No. 16/17 Arizona State (7-0) in Los Angeles. The second meeting all-time between the programs will tip at 8 p.m. ET inside the STAPLES Center for the first game of the Hall of Fame Classic tripleheader.
Pac-12 Network will carry the national broadcast with announcers Ted Robinson and Steve Lavin calling the action live from the Golden State. St. John’s IMG Radio broadcast featuring John Minko and Brian Mahoney can be heard locally on 970 AM WNYM or via TuneIn Radio.
Friday’s matchup completes a grueling stretch for the Johnnies who will play their fifth of six games on the road over 16 days. The Sun Devils are the first nationally-ranked opponent St. John’s (8-1) will run into this season and the second opponent from the Pac-12 Conference, as the Johnnies previously knocked off Oregon State en route to a third-place finish at the AdvoCare Invitational in Orlando.
On the front end of its current two-game West Coast swing, St. John’s pieced together a victory over Western Athletic Conference (WAC) favorite Grand Canyon on Tuesday night in Phoenix. Playing shorthanded without injured guard Marcus LoVett, the Red Storm relied once again on a solid defensive effort to slide past the Lopes, 68-60. For the third-straight game and sixth occasion this season, the Johnnies kept its opponent to 60 points or fewer, while converting 21 turnovers into 22 points.
St. John’s also needed another sensational performance from Shamorie Ponds and a career night from Justin Simon to escape Talking Stick Resort Arena with its win streak intact. Ponds poured in 28 points on 10-of-21 shooting to go with five steals and four assists in a full 40 minutes, while Simon kicked in a personal best 17-point effort and grabbed 11 boards.
In order to return to Queens with their ninth victory of the season, the Johnnies will need to amplify their defensive tone against the high scoring Sun Devils. St. John’s has managed to hold its last three opponents to 52.7 points per game and force 22.3 turnovers. However, Friday’s opponent will require extra attention, as Arizona State enters the ballgame fifth in Division I with a 92.7-point scoring average and a 53.1 percent field goal shooting mark.
Arizona State has an unblemished record and is off to the program’s best start since 1980-81. The Sun Devils are led by three returning senior starters from last season in Tra Holder (20.1 ppg), Shannon Evans II (18.7 ppg) and Kodi Justice (15.0 ppg). The trio has combined for 60 percent of the team’s scoring.
The Sun Devils are coming off a 75-57 victory over San Francisco on Saturday in Tempe, Ariz. Red-shirt freshman forward Romello White led the way with 16 points and 13 rebounds.
St. John’s and Arizona State last squared off in the championship game of the 2010 Great Alaska Shootout. The Red Storm overcame a 10-point halftime deficit to pull away with a 67-58 victory behind a 20-point performance from Justin Brownlee.
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After its matchup with Arizona State, the Red Storm will play two more non-conference games before beginning BIG EAST play. St. John’s makes its Madison Square Garden debut on Dec. 17 against Iona in the Holiday Festival before traveling to Mohegan Sun Arena to face Saint Joseph’s on Dec. 20.