Rapid React: Georgetown 68, St. John's 56

February, 2, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A quick take on St. John's 68-56 loss to Georgetown on Saturday at the Verizon Center:

What it means: St. John's lost a game, and perhaps a key player as well.

The Red Storm had their five-game winning streak snapped, falling to the Hoyas for the second time this season.

Early in the second half, starting guard Jamal Branch went down with a left knee injury, and had to be carried off the floor by teammates. As of now, the injury has been termed a sprain -- we'll see whether it ends up being more serious than that.

St. John's drops to 14-8 overall, 6-4 in the Big East. Georgetown improves to 16-4 overall, 6-3 in the conference.

The turning point: St. John's jumped out to a 7-3 lead, but Georgetown took control of the game shortly thereafter. A 12-0 run by the Hoyas turned a 15-12 deficit into a 24-15 lead. Georgetown led 39-28 at intermission.

Jakarr Sampson opened the second half with a three-point play, and the Red Storm were within eight, 39-31. But that's as close as they would get. St. John's hung around -- it wasn't nearly the blowout that the first meeting was, back on Jan. 12 at Madison Square Garden. But it wasn't close, either.

Star watch: St. John's leading scorer, D'Angelo Harrison (19.7 ppg), had the worst game of his career, finishing with just two points, shooting 0-for-9 from the field. Coach Steve Lavin kept Harrison on the bench for the final few minutes of the game, instead going with little-used Marco Bourgault, who had a career-high 12 points. Sampson scored a team-high 18 points.

For Georgetown, four players were in double figures -- led by forward Nate Lubick, who had a career-high 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Number crunch: As a team, St. John's had a miserable day shooting the basketball -- 20-for-63 (31.7 percent).

What's next: St. John's hosts Connecticut on Wednesday at 7 p.m., at Madison Square Garden. Georgetown travels to Rutgers, next Saturday at noon.
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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