Monday, January 3, 2011
Rapid React: St. John's 61, Georgetown 58
By Kieran Darcy
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.