Rapid React: St. John's 61, Georgetown 58

January, 3, 2011

NEW YORK -- A quick take on St. John's win over No. 13 Georgetown on Monday night at Madison Square Garden.

WHAT IT MEANS: St. John's wins its fifth in a row and moves to 10-3 on the season. More importantly, the Red Storm knock off a nationally ranked team for the first time after 14 consecutive losses, improving their record to 3-0 in the Big East. Georgetown falls to 12-3, 1-2 in the Big East.

RUN OF PLAY: After trailing 21-17 with 8:36 remaining in the first half, the Red Storm ripped off a 15-2 run, leading 32-26 at intermission. The second half was a back-and-forth affair -- in the final few minutes, each team took multiple turns leading by one. The winning points came on a Justin Brownlee putback of Dwight Hardy's miss. Hardy added two free throws for the final margin.

FLOOR LEADER: Hardy, named the Big East's Player of the Week earlier Monday, had trouble finding open looks on the perimeter against the Hoyas. But he showed he's not just a jump-shooter, finding a way to score 20 points, leading the way for the Red Storm. Hardy played a full 40 minutes for the second straight game, and had just two turnovers while handling the point guard duties for the injured Malik Boothe.

OTHER IMPRESSIVE NUMBERS: St. John's held down Georgetown's top three scorers on Monday. Austin Freeman, the preseason Big East Player of the Year, had just six points. And second- and third-leading scorers Jason Clark and Chris Wright had just seven points each.

Also, St. John's made 18 of its 23 free throws and committed just four turnovers.

WHAT'S NEXT: St. John's will play at No. 15 Notre Dame on Saturday night -- its second of eight consecutive games against top-25 teams according to the current polls. Georgetown will host West Virginia on Saturday.
Kieran Darcy is an ESPNNewYork.com staff writer. He joined ESPN in August 2000 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, where he played four years of JV basketball.
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