Halftime: Pittsburgh 33, St. John's 28

March, 6, 2012
Here are three halftime observations from the second game of the day here at the Big East tournament:

UP AND DOWN: St. John's fell behind Pittsburgh early, 8-2, but rallied to lead by as many as six, 26-20, with 5:15 remaining in the half. But then the Panthers outscored the Red Storm 13-2 the rest of the way to take a five-point lead into the locker room.

Ashton Gibbs scored the first seven points of that spurt -- the senior has a game-high 15 points at intermission. The Red Storm have to keep better track of him, particularly in the corners beyond the arc.

GOTTA GO TO MOE: St. John's forward Moe Harkless, who is expected to receive the Big East Rookie of the Year award at a news conference later today, had 13 points in the first half for St. John's, making five of his seven shots. Harkless has to continue to be aggressive offensively for the Red Storm to win this game.

BE CAREFUL! Every St. John's starter except Phil Greene has two fouls -- they have to be careful in the second half, we all know how thin the bench is.
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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