WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A quick take on St. John's 77-52 loss to No. 20 Georgetown on Wednesday night at the Verizon Center.
WHAT IT MEANS: St. John's drops to 11-8, and 4-5 in the Big East. The Red Storm have now lost three in a row and five of their past six games, and have likely gone from in the field to on the bubble, if the NCAA Tournament began today.
Georgetown improves to 15-5, and 4-4 in the conference. The Hoyas have won three straight, all against the three local Big East teams: St. John's, Seton Hall and Rutgers.
THE SKINNY: St. John's hung with Georgetown for most of the first half -- until the final five minutes. The Hoyas finished on a 10-0 run, as the Red Storm went scoreless for the final 4:59.
In the second half, St. John's came out with renewed vigor and was able to narrow the deficit to five points early on, 41-36. But that was as close as it would get. Georgetown put the clamps on defensively from there, and picked things up at the other end of the floor as well. The game was out of reach with five minutes remaining.
Jason Clark led three Hoyas in double figures with 16 points. Hollis Thompson had 15, and Austin Freeman 14.
A THING OF BEAUTY: Georgetown's "Princeton-style" offense is a real treat to watch when it's clicking, as if often is. The Hoyas came in No. 2 in the country in field goal percentage (50.8 percent), and No. 23 in assists (16.2 per game). On Wednesday night, Georgetown shot 51 percent from the field (26-for-51), and had 21 assists on those 26 baskets.
Georgetown also connected on 9-of-18 from beyond the 3-point arc, as St. John's continued to struggle defending against the 3-point shot.
ON THE OTHER HAND: From this vantage point, St. John's played hard Wednesday night -- the Red Storm just didn't execute very well, and missed a bunch of their open shots. Dwight Hardy's recent struggles continued, as he shot 4-for-16 from the field, and finished with 10 points. Justin Brownlee had just nine points, and D.J. Kennedy had seven. That's not nearly good enough for St. John's to win.
Justin Burrell was St. John's best player on Wednesday night, with 12 points and eight rebounds off the bench before fouling out.
WHAT'S NEXT: St. John's hosts No. 3 Duke in its final nonconference game of the regular season, Sunday at 1 p.m. at Madison Square Garden. Georgetown will play at No. 7 Villanova on Saturday at noon.